Creative Dancing -- "Beats taking a darn test!!"
Move in any way you want to -- try out different ways of moving: lying, sitting, standing, moving around the room. One makes up a
movement, shows it, then all do it. It is an approach which cultivates dance as creative activity rather than as gymnastic technique or
theatrical display. -- Creative Dance in Kindergarten, by Barbara Mettler (Tucson: Mettler Studios, 1976)
Expressive Movement -- "We express our energy!!!"
Jump and jump and jump! The exuberant freedom of the jumping and leaping of young children should be appreciated here. In this
[the child] learns something about himself and movement and he needs many such experiences to build a rich vocabulary of movement.
-- Expressive Movement, by Elizabeth Murdoch (London: W & R Chambers, 1973)
Also see: Movement Education: A Program for Young Children, Ages 2 to 7, by June Gustafson Munro (Newport News: MDEA Press, 1991)
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Think Different? How often adults have heard the advertising slogan
"Think Different" or "Think Outside the Box" when, in actual practice,
we are more likely to be hammered down into conformity if we think outside the mainstream. This perverse will-to-conformity has led to
the "medicalization" of a generation of children. Any child unable or unwilling to sit for long periods of time, ingesting and regurgitating
pre-fabricated curriculum, is labeled "hyper-active" and/or "attention deficit".
It is like the movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers": the pods have
arrived via a UFO and gradually everyone becomes a "pod person"
(a zombie). Neighbors who've already become pod persons leave pods for their un-podded neighbors, so they, too, become pod people:
"If your child can't keep-up with the class-work, he might develop low self-esteem." TRANSLATION: "Feed your child Ritalin."
Our most active, creative, inventive children are being medicalized
into pods. Utilitarianism rules the day. Sitting well has become the
In happy contrast to this dismal scenario, we have the children
photographed above who joyfully shout as they leap about: "We express
our energy!!!" For them energy is a creative tool: the source of their joy and the key to their success!
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--"An Interview with Trudi Schoop" by Susan Frieder Wallock
(American Journal of Dance Therapy, vol. 6, iss. 1, Dec. 1983, pgs. 5-16)
A thing which fades
With no outward sign --
Is the flower
Of the heart of man
In this world!
--Ono No Komachi (834-880 A.D.)
Kokin Shu 797, trans. by Arthur Waley, "Japanese Poetry: The Uta", 1919