Why Dance?

‘Hip Hop means to me, freedom. Like expressing your feelings no matter if you are angry or sad, happy. Just dance you know. That’s why I choose Hip Hop.’

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-3-00-07-pmThe arts can be employed to gain a greater understanding of self and the environment we inhabit. Dance, specifically can be employed as a vehicle to liberate one’s spirit and energies through the freedom and joy of movement. L2R is not claiming that Arts practice, dance or Hip Hop can provide a solution to poverty, disadvantage and social barriers. We are suggesting that the arts, and specifically dance, can help ease transitional periods. Dance can offer alternative ways of expressing oneself when dealing with the barriers of being newly arrived in a foreign country.

‘It’s helped me find something good to do. I’m normally just at home watching TV but Hip Hop gave me something to do and now I have more things to do like perform and perform in places I thought would never perform in.’ (female, 13 years)

Another participant spoke about the classes at Footscray claiming:
‘I don’t feel lonely, and I don’t feel like I am sitting at home by myself and I am lonely. There are people here and I am happy and excited, YEAH!’ (female, 15 years)13301290_1152711714792942_2503998576734924549_o-2

Participants view dance as a form of physical activity and a vehicle for staying fit and healthy and made a link between being active and having confidence in oneself.

‘Because its exercise. It’s better than sitting, it’s better than do nothing. Exercise is really important in life because I don’t want to grow up to be a fat person that doesn’t walk. I want to be a person that is healthy and has a lot of confidence.’ (15 years, female)

‘Hip Hop means to me, freedom. Like expressing your feelings no matter if you are angry or sad, happy. Just dance you know. That’s why I choose Hip Hop.’ (15 years, male)

To read further please see the attached document:
Jacinda Richards – The role of Hip Hop participation in young peoples sense of well-being
More Research:
Do schools kill creativity? Watch here
Can dance change the world? Read here
Maribyrnong Youth Strategy 2014-2018 consulted 1086 young people and 48 service providers in the city of Maribyrnong. The research framework identifies five key areas that need to be present for children and young people to have ‘a good life’ with their health and well being needs met.See a copy of the full document here

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