Dance and Movement as a Therapy for Teens

Dance is as powerful a therapeutic art form, as it a performing art.
When a young person between the ages of 12 to 18 seems to be emotionally shut down and non-communicative; Arts therapy is a highly esteemed option for helping the teen recover a sense of balance and belonging in their world.

Included in a program of arts therapy is a team of trained and licensed therapists and counselors, along with Arts therapy professionals. With a program that allows expression through all types of Arts expressions, the young person can experience help restoring their sense of power and self-esteem with dance, drama, music, painting and other visual arts, along with participation in sports activities.

Dance and movement are two of the most impactful means for a teen who may be suffering from depression, dealing with behavioral issues or feeling a sense of social estrangement, to outwardly express their inner pain. Typically, one usually associates dance with clarity and beauty, a form of art that is pleasing to the eye. People attend theaters, concert halls and outdoor venues to watch dance and appreciate the wonder that lies in the techniques of the dancers and the choreography performed.  Most of us fail to realize, however that dance exceeds mere aesthetics.

Dance is as powerful a therapeutic art form, as it a performing art. It has the power to heal and cure people.  Dance can provide a healthy and comforting environment for individuals who are suffering psychological disorders, emotional problems or behavioral issues. It can set people free on both a physical and psychological level.  When a teen is suffering from depression, often they are afraid to talk. Thinking, it will just go away on its own, they often hide the pain they are suffering.  Dance and movement can provide the catalyst that will help eradicate the binds associated with depression and provide a forum of self-expression for communicating the thoughts and feelings relating to the depressed state.

Dance or Movement Therapy has been used for many centuries to help improve the mental and physical well-being of individuals. It is also taught as a means of focusing a person’s mind and creating a healthier symbiotic mind/body disposition. Since dancing is an art, it increases self-expression and helps people to better connect with themselves and others. It offers an alternative way to externalize the suppressed feelings of the youth.  Patients are taught to act out hidden hurts. It is believed that by acting out the hurts and frustrations, the teen can come to terms with his or her emotional problems, and thus, learn to deal with them.

Whether being involved in dance, yoga or expressive moves, the body responds in the same positive manner to all forms of movement therapy. The brain naturally has a healthy and uplifted response to focused dance or physical movement. However, it is not about the technique; it is about the deeper expressions that emanate through the moves of the student.  With a dance or movement routine developed by their own expressive nature, communicating the inner turmoil they may be experiencing, there is a form of catharsis available and greater understanding by the individual and those around.


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