My son and I have been dancing since he was born. During the pregnancy, I already began to play songs, which I would play after he was born. We know that babies can hear the mother's voice and other sounds around 23 weeks. Based on this I wanted to experiment with movement and sound. I would introduce slow rhythm swaying movement while holding my belly, then after birth, I swayed him in the same gently rhythm as when he was still growing inside of me.
I have been documenting our daily dances for almost fours year now. This journey has provided epiphanies about the development of the human movement, perception and improvised dance that I now utilize in the development of Dancing cards dance tasks.
Here are three benefits that we have experienced through our dance practice:
Children love dancing, they are natural movers. When parents join the playful mindset through movement, a special bond and trust will arise. Taking turns in mirroring each other's movement develops empathy and teaches the parent and the child to learn to read each other's movement.
2. Non-verbal communication
Through the shared dance practice I have thought my son how to communicate touch. If he wants me to lift him or roll over me, he knows how to read my movement if this is ok and vice versa. This is all non-verbal communication. If he wants to dance separately we can organically take turns in following and leading.
For me, as a dance artist and a mother, a number one value has been to teach my son to be free. I want to raise him up to be self-accepting and body positive. A person who feels comfortable in their own skin. I teach this by example, respecting my own body and paying attention to how we talk about our bodies in our family. In dance, we appreciate all movement and learn how to describe the movement as seen instead placing value on moves. These practice promote deeper understanding of what body-awareness is.
The most precious reward my son has given me through this practice is his impromptu dances. He utilizes movement to express his emotions, he is truly present and absorbs the world with his entire being.
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