DEAW supports the integration of dance education as a basic and integral component of education in the State of Washington.

Why integrate dance as a basic and integral part of education? Because dance…

  • develops neural pathways essential to language acquisition, reading readiness, and mathematical ability;
  • grows strong, healthy bodies through movement and exercise;
  • increases agility, flexibility, coordination, and endurance;
  • nourishes creativity and problem-solving skills;
  • cultivates appreciation for individual differences and cultural diversity;
  • fosters active rather than passive learning;
  • supports social skills and cooperation;
  • releases energy through positive physical activity;
  • engages the whole self;
  • is fun and engaging.

Who supports dance education?

dance educators, classroom teachers, music educators, theatre specialists, PE specialists, parents, administrators, professional dancers, resident artists, studio teachers, anyone who believes more arts inclusion improves learning!

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