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Mind Behind Movement

Dance is often thought to be solely an entertaining and fun extra-curricular activity. However, is it possible that dancing could actually enhance participants’ academic success? Could the benefits of dance even extend to increase participants’ neurological activity? This video investigates the numerous advantages dance provides and the various perspectives surrounding this topic.

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Mind Behind Movement

  1. 1. Mind Behind Movement<br />Emilie Mazon/8th Grade Project/ The Walker School<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />
  3. 3. Introduction<br />Dance requires…<br />Control<br />Coordination<br />
  4. 4. Introduction (2)<br />Dance improves…<br />Academic Success<br />Brain Activity<br />
  5. 5. Benefits of Dance<br />
  6. 6. Benefits of Dance<br />Development of Life Skills<br />
  7. 7. Dance and Academics<br />
  8. 8. Dance and Academics<br />2005 College-Bound Seniors Table 3-3; SAT Scores of Students Who Study the Arts<br />
  9. 9. Dance and Academics (2)<br />Dance in Schools<br />
  10. 10. Dance and Neuroscience<br />
  11. 11. Dance and Neuroscience<br />Brain Scans<br />
  12. 12. Dance and Neuroscience (2)<br />Importance of Training<br />
  13. 13. Alternative Perspectives<br />
  14. 14. Alternative Perspectives<br />Unreliable technology?<br />Music and academics?<br />
  15. 15. Conclusion<br />
  16. 16. Conclusion<br />Integrating Dance into Life<br />
  17. 17. Mind Behind Movement<br />Emilie Mazon/8th Grade Project/ The Walker School<br />
  18. 18. Sources<br />Speech:<br />“Arts and Smarts: Test Scores and Cognitive Development.” SharpBrains, 16 Apr. 2009. Web. 28 Jan. 2010. <>.<br />“Benefits of Arts Education.” Americans for the Arts, 2002. Web. 28 Jan. 2010. <>.<br />Brown, Steven, and Lawrence M. Parsons. “The Neuroscience of Dance.” Scientific American July 2008: 78-83. Print.<br />Brown, Steven. The NeuroArts Lab. McMaster U., 2008. Web. 2 Feb. 2010. <>.<br />Hanna, Judith Lynne. “Does Dance Education Help Academic Achievement?” The Free Library. Web. 28 Jan. 2010. <…-a069066663>.<br />
  19. 19. Sources (2)<br />Speech continued:<br />Laws, Kenneth, and Arleen Sugano. Physics and the Art of Dance. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford U. Press, Inc., 2008. Print.<br />Parsons, Lawrence M. “Professor Lawrence Parsons BA, PhD. ” 2010. Web. 2 Feb. 2010. <>.<br />Ruppert, Sandra S. “How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement.” National Endowment for the Arts. 2006. Web. 4 Feb 2010. <>.<br />Pictures (in order of appearance):<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />SAT chart: 2005 College-Bound Seniors Table 3-3; SAT Scores of Students Who Study the Arts: What We Can and Cannot Conclude about the Association, Kathryn Vaughn and Ellen Winner (Fall 2000)<br />Momentum picture captured by JanuszMazon<br />
  20. 20. Sources (3)<br />Pictures continued:<br />Depiction of study on tango dancers scanned from Scientific American July 2008, page 81<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Video:<br />The Georgia Ballet School filmed in The Georgia Ballet in Marietta, GA on March 19, 2010<br />