Dance performers develop mastery of their bodies as evocative instruments. Their outlook is one that cherishes ephemeral expression. Dancers understand that creativity is not separate from play. These qualities help the dancer to be more effective in non-verbal communication, intra-group dynamics, and creation with others. These are skills that they develop through physical practice and experience.
Collaborative groups who embrace these qualities experience a deep sense of trust and more positive interactions. Competition (of the type which hampers progress) is replaced by openness to the suggestions of others. Working groups are able to circulate innovative ideas and easily select those which are best without devaluing individual contribution. They are more productive, often with less effort.
Using dance exercises and choreographic techniques, non-dancers can hone their collaborative skills. Creating a dance together can be a model for any group interaction; applicable to collaboration in the classroom, the conference room, or on the playground. The dance experience leads to embodied understanding of how to best work and play with others
Pulling from Social Construction, Performance Theory, Embodied Cognition, Positive Psychology, Neurology, and 40+ years of combined professional dance experience, Sheila Peters leads workshop participants through a set of movement based challenges designed to improve participants’ physical awareness and interactive skills.
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