Learning in, through and about the expressive arts helps children and young people recognise and appreciate their own and others’ creative and artistic abilities. The magic, wonder and power of the arts play a vital role in enabling children and young people to enhance their creative talent, appreciation and skills that, in turn, will inform and enrich their working and recreational lives. The expressive arts foster imagination and creativity, and provide opportunities for children and young people to develop a wide range of technical, presentational and performance skills, to think creatively and be proactive and enterprising within meaningful and relevant contexts. A variety of technologies can be drawn on to enhance and develop creative work further and to extend the range of audiences to whom they can present.
By engaging in and reflecting on experiences within the expressive arts, children and young people can recognise and represent their feelings and emotions and those of others. The expressive arts play a central role in shaping our sense of personal, social and cultural identity. They also play an important role in acknowledging and valuing the variety and vitality of culture locally, nationally and globally.
Editor's comments - [ Prior to the Dance-in-Schools Initiative (DISI), YDance developed the 321Go! programme of dance for Primary 1–3 pupils. This programme provided initial evidence of the effects of dance and allowed YDance to create a blueprint from which to develop the DISI.
321Go! was developed in response to research undertaken by Sportscotland, which indicated that P1–3 had not developed the fine motor skills necessary for them to progress in traditional sports. Sportscotland asked YDance to create and deliver a programme to address these gaps in delivery and develop these motor skills in a creative way. 321Go! was first piloted in two local authorities for ten weeks in 2003, and then introduced into 21 local authorities (covering four schools in each) over three years. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Muldoon J and Inchley J (2008) The YDance 'Dance-in-Schools Initiative' (DISI): Final Evaluation Report. Edinburgh: The University of Edinburgh
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