Dance activity as learning through social interaction and mirroring

Teacher & Author: Alexandra Zach
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In many respects, dance is similar to a language and has been a form of communication and interaction throughout the ages.

There might be different kinds of education involved in the activity of dancing: virtuosity, prowess, finesse, style… but there is one unifying character: to pay attention to others and be observed by others. Dancing is a socially interactive form of communication with multiple expressions that is literally found in all societies.

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Imagine the setting of a dance class where a certain training will be established and we have a group of people who want to learn specific movement patterns or sequences to be able to manage not only within their own skill level but together with others in the group. In this class, there are different kinds of intelligence that will be solicited and enhanced: executing a group synchronized sequence, spatial precision, kinetic-motricity, mathematic-logic, as well as musical and linguistic intelligence. As a matter of course, these different forms of intelligence are solicited and integrated in a single dance class.

 

Albert Banduras´studies on “social learning” gave behaviorists the new perspective that we are learning through modeling, rehearsing and motivation. The social learning theory of Bandura emphasizes the importance of observing and modeling the behaviors, attitudes, and reactions of others. Human behavior is explained in terms of continuous reciprocal interaction between cognitive, behavioral, and environmental influences.

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