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I Hope They Dance: Children And The Humanities

Updated on September 10, 2014

My granddaughters have loved to dance since they could walk. It was such a joy for me to attend their first dance recital just before Christmas. There was a maturity blooming out of them as they performed. A sense of self confidence was blossoming. I could see a self awareness begin to emerge which to be honest I don't believe I had for many years well into my adulthood. As a grandmother I was of course very proud of them to have immersed themselves into their classes and to perform so well. But, what really impressed me and filled me with gratitude was the inner strength each of them had so obviously (if only to me) developed in the short time they have been participating in dance classes.

I believe a dance class, or other creative art, is a great enhancement tool for any child. If this kind of activity isn't accessible then do some things at home even if it is just making clay art in the kitchen or singing along with the radio together. Dance, sing, draw, and find some outlet which will fill a child with self confidence, internal strength, self awareness, and most of all memories to carry with them as they grow up and enter into the world.

Creative art (music, dance, drawing, and so forth) can open so many opportunities for children. They can learn how to cope with thoughts and emotions, find an outlet and processing ability for understanding situations (such as loss and fear). Children will learn from how they see adults cope with situations but above all they are going to have better long term living skills when they find their internal strengths and combine them with good examples in their lives.

Image Copyright Tina Brownell Ortega March 2014 used on this page with permission 9-10-2014
Image Copyright Tina Brownell Ortega March 2014 used on this page with permission 9-10-2014 | Source

Give The Children Opportunities To Discover

The author of "The Dance" has shared about an experience with a child and dancing. Each child has a unique and awesome talent they only need to find opportunities to discover it and develop the skills to embrace and grow in the direction their gifts will lead them in. It is an amazing process to watch as a parent, grandparent, or watching the children of friends and family. If you have children or grandchildren this would be a great book to read and to give as a gift to parents.

It is so fun to watch these children and teens at their dance recitals. You can see by these examples there are so many amazing benefits to encouraging children to participate in dance, music, art, or science (or any combination of them) to enhance their development.

My children and grandchildren are amazing. They each have developed their talents over the years. Theater Arts and Science are the two most important things in our lives because they give us not only internal skills but we develop relationships with others who are also involved in the arts.

Soulfire Dance Recital

Pixabay Public Domain Commercial License
Pixabay Public Domain Commercial License

The arts are universal all around the world. Children everywhere can have the opportunity to be exposed to as many artistic humanitarian topics as possible during their formative years. I love the opportunity to explore classical music and traditional dance as well as more contemporary and modern. I always remember something Walt Disney said when I was a child. He made a decision to include classical music (like Tchaikovsky and Strauss) to ensure children would have an opportunity to listen to and appreciate fine classical music. And, not surprisingly, Disney programs were the only place I heard these amazing musical talents while I was a child. I loved his ability to see a need and fill the need.

Over the years I have learned a lot about child development as well as facilitated countless gatherings of children and adults alike to explore our hidden talents or to develop them once we have discovered them. I have learned by my experience and working with others it is a lot easier for people who have started out early in the process of discovering their natural strengths.

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Create! Nurture your creativity!

I feel it is most important to start sharing about the humanities with children early. Read to them, sing to them, dance with them, take them to theater (ballet, classic live music) and give them food for thought to explore and find their passions. When you notice an interest give them more. And don't start making plans for their professional life just yet... they might like to explore deeper into just about everything.

One day that one thing which kindles a fire within them, they will begin to think upon it day and night, then encourage them to stick with it practice and develop a talent. Struggles along the way are easier to cope with when we have encouragement and we have already identified what our passion is. I believe we are born with something unique and we only need to identify it and nurture it to develop it. Our skill might be painting, dancing, singing, writing, or any number of things. Even cooking is an art. Making clothes, building bridges, and designing self sustainable space stations, all end up in the arts and sciences and make humanity unique in all of creation.

Create! Nurture your creativity! And teach our children to do the same.

TIPS for shopping for dance apparel online

Capezio Little Girls' Camisole Tutu Dress,Pink,S (4-6)
Capezio Little Girls' Camisole Tutu Dress,Pink,S (4-6)

I have discovered an amazing selection of dance apparel on Amazon. When you are browsing be sure to check these things: Sizing Chart (with measurements), Fabrics and Washing Instructions (in case of allergies), and Customer Reviews. (Anyone who shops can leave a review and they are often helpful in deciding which items to avoid and which to try). And finally, especially when you are buying for children, Review Return policy.

 

About This Page and Awards

September 2014: This page was moved (through S/HP acquisition) to Hub Pages.

June 2014: This page has been honored with Squidoo Lens of the Day on June 17, 2014 Thank you Squidoo Creative Team & Community Organizers.

May 2014: Discovered the book "The Dance" and began writing the article.

December 2013: The Recital on December 20, 2013, was amazing!

© 2014 Deb Bryan

Thank you! I am delighted you have dropped by.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    Thank you, Joan.

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    Joan Adams 3 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful and filled with wisdom for parents. and it looks really pretty on Hubpages!

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @LesDaily: Thank you, LesDaily.

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    LesDaily 3 years ago

    Outstanding, very informative

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @kittyhappykitty: Thank you, kittyhappykitty! I agree watching dancers is a great lift-me-up. I'm delighted you enjoyed this page. Thanks for dropping by!

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @NellyWerff: Thank you, NellyvanderWerff! I'm so happy you dropped by. Thank you for sharing about your memories. I am delighted you had such fond experiences. A bit of nervousness, but, it sounds like you faced those feelings and enjoyed yourself.

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    kittyhappykitty 3 years ago

    Very nice! When I see ballet dancers practicing outdoors before their shows, I like to take a moment just to watch - so beautiful! Thanks for creating this lens! You make me happy!

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    Nelly van der Werff 3 years ago from The Netherlands

    Nice videos. Brings back memories from the time I had ballet lessons and grand performances. They made me so nervous. But dancing is great for mind and body!

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @Adventuretravels: Thank you, adventuretravelshop. I'm glad you enjoyed the videos. Thanks for dropping by for "I Hope They Dance"

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    Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

    I love your videos and agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments of this lens. Dance rocks!!

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @AcornOakForest: Thank you, KampSeagull!

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    Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

    Great lens and congratulations on you LotD yesterday!

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @GrammieOlivia: Thank you, grammieo. Yes it is an amazing transformation to watch.

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    bgadams 3 years ago

    Dancing is great fun with children. Even if its only in the living room. This is a great way for a child to "let loose" in a positive direction.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @bgadams: Thank you, bgadams. I agree. Love the idea of dancing with children in the living room.

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    GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

    Love to see the little ones growing into their bodies. It's such a transformation. Great lens and Congrats on LoTD!

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @Ibidii: Thank you, ibidii.

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    Ibidii 3 years ago

    I hope to read RP Evans book. Nice lens.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @Natalie W Schorr: Thank you, ottoblotto.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @ladyguitarpicker: Thank you, short49.

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    Natalie W Schorr 3 years ago

    Lovely!

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    stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    I really enjoyed reading your page.You are right when a child shows a spark of interest in the arts its time to see if they want to go further and see where it takes them. This is when parents need to encourage their child.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @nicenet: Thank you, nicenet. I appreciate you! Thank you for visiting and leaving a note.

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    nicey 3 years ago

    Good advise for parents. We should allow our kids to explore and discover their uniqueness.

    Congrats.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @CalobrenaOmai: CalobrenaOmai, Thank you! I am so excited to hear you were not deterred from exploring your artistic interests. I agree sometimes people will minimize time spent in art and science to express their own disappointment (often this is the case). They are well meaning but are putting their own expectation and own opinion on what "success" is. Success is to explore, have fun, and learn more about ourselves through activities which lean into our inner most selves. Thank you for your kind and open reply. I am looking forward to exploring your art.

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    Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

    The toughest part is allowing children to be themselves in this hectic world. There is this constant need to prove rather than do what they actually like. Great lens!

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    CalobrenaOmai 3 years ago

    I really love this lens. I have a great interest in art but far too often I would get discouraged when told I need to be realistic with my choice of interests as it pertains to careers. Normally I would have listened but seeing all those creative cartoon shows and comic books showed the opposite. Often times art is one of the only outlets in which to express ourselves and our mood. The fact that they took interest in dance and weren't deterred from it is a good thing. Looking forward to seeing them make their grand debuts in future dance productions.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @Scindhia H: Thank you, Scindhia. I hope children find safe avenues to explore their hopes and dreams. To get to know themselves. To become able to enjoy rather than feel the need to impress anyone. Thank you for your thoughtful reply to my page.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @BestRatedStuff: Thank you, TheTravelGal. I appreciate you sharing. I think it is a bit complicated for me to share feelings, so I am delighted to hear from you (having had the experience of dancing as a child), and to hear you confirm I have communicated my feelings about my granddaughters' experience.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @TerriCarr: Thank you, holisticwriter. I agree with Brene Brown about allowing ourselves to be vulnerable. Thank you for this thoughtful reply.

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    BestRatedStuff 3 years ago

    Congrats on the LOTD, what a lovely review. Still remember dancing as a child and you really capture the feelings.

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    TerriCarr 3 years ago

    Artistic expression is great for a wholehearted life too. I was just reading Brene Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection. She talks about how dance is one area where people feel most vulnerable. By allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, we live more fully or as she says, wholeheartedly.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @anonymous: Thank you, rauspitz!

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    anonymous 3 years ago

    Very profound lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @astevn816 lm: Thank you, astevn. It is great exercise.

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    astevn816 lm 3 years ago

    it looks like great exercise

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @delia-delia: Thank you, d-artist. I agree. It is about expression. Not impressing anyone. By expressing our inner most selves we begin to know ourselves deeply. Thanks for your amazing comment.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @RinchenChodron: Thank you, RinchenChodron. I'm happy to hear you are still dancing. <3

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @Merrci: Thank you, Merrci.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @SusanDeppner: Thank you, Susan!

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @Joan4: Thank you, Joan!

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @Maggie42: Thank you MaggieMoo12. I am honored and surprised to see this lens make LoTD.

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    Delia 3 years ago

    Congratulations on LOTD! Dancing is a way a child can express themselves, and find that hidden talent. I think encouraging a child to dance is good, whether they are good or not...we all have a God given gift of talent and we must learn to use that gift and share with the world.

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    RinchenChodron 3 years ago

    Congrats on your LOTD. I know that I danced as a child and still dance as an adult (not my occupation but my fun!)

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    Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

    Congratulations on Lens of the Day! Excellent review.

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    Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

    Back to congratulate you on your Lens of the Day honors for this beautiful lens!

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    Joan4 3 years ago

    Congratulations on Lens of the Day!!

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    Maggie42 3 years ago

    This is a heartwarming lens Thansk and congratulations on lens of the day

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @Nancy Hardin: Thank you, Nancy Carol!

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    Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    Congratulations on this lens being in the Best of Squidoo. Very well deserved!