Christina Patterson, journalist at The Guardian, reminded us once more today of the importance of creativity, physicality and more specifically, dance in all our lives, but particularly our children’s.

As it’s announced that Prince George will be attending Ballet classes at his first school in Battersea, the spotlight is once again (hoorah!) on the developmental benefits of encouraging your children within the arts, as well as the academics.

Christina goes on to share a story of a troubled, young, Kenyan boy, born into poverty with the odds stacked severely against him. As life throws him one knock after another, Michael Wamaya turned to dance to raise his spirits and fund his family. With offers coming from every corner of the globe for him to share his talent, he kindly declined and returned to his birthplace to share his talents with the children of Kibera every week.

[“When you do physical theatre,” Wamaya told me, “you learn when to give your weight, and when to let go. These are skills that are fundamental in a human being’s life, but we tend to ignore them.” His pupils, he said, learned how to “reach out” to others. They learned how to communicate. They learned how to listen. They learned how to work as a team. Oh, and their academic performance soared.] – Christina Patterson, The Guardian

As reiterated by the article in the Guardian today, recent years have seen a huge push towards the sciences and maths, and rightly so. Careers that need expertise in those areas are so important and will continue to be for as long as we all live (with their help!). That doesn’t mean however, that health subjects need take a priority over happiness subjects. The arts are renowned for their infectious, revitalising and euphoric spirit, and if our children leave school with a smile on their face and a spring in their step, that can only be a good thing.

[…we need the arts because they light up our lives. We need them because a human heart is a human heart whether in a Kenyan slum or a gilded cage.] – Christina Patterson, The Guardian


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