chapter  5
11 Pages

Learning about children’s dance from children

WithJan Deans, Susan Wright

In this chapter an improvisational solo dance-play is analysed and synthesized to demonstrate how young children can scaffold their own ZPD and learn more about their individual kinaesthetic capabilities through the exploration of personal interests and ideas. A descriptive exemplar of one child’s solo dance is provided to highlight a richly subtle and complex non-verbal world where movement possibilities arise and dissolve and are repeated and embellished. The concept of individual signature movements is introduced, with an in-depth investigation of the power of the combination of dance-play, music and drawing-telling for their efficacy in supporting individual child agency, meta-cognitive processing and the creation and expression of personal voice.