Frequently asked Questions

  1. How is this program different from any other dance program?
    The following is what makes the Agile Kids program different from any other dance program:-
    • It lays emphasis on the process (Creating a dance, increasing range of movement) while with other dance programs it is about the end product (steps, pre taught choreography).
    • The 'End of the Year Showcase' presented by the Primary section has choreography by the students themselves. The teachers are the facilitators.
    • Agile Kids uses the body as an expression and not just a showcase of pre learned steps or routines.
    • While laying emphasis on physical development, every lesson plan also covers a child cognitive, social, aesthetics and emotional development.
    • Agile Kids not only teaches dance but also fuels up creativity, divergent thinking and team building skills through extensive use of creative movement.
  2. Is this a scientifically proven program?
    Yes it is!
    "Research shows that movement and exercise can spark the growth of new brain cells and facilitate learning" (Ratey 2008)

    "Movement, a natural process of life, is now understood to be essential to learning, creative thought, and high level formal reasoning. It is time to consciously bring integrative movement back into every aspect of our lives and realize, as I have, that something this simple and natural can be the source of miracles" (Hannaford 1995. 214)

    "Movement and exercise improves learning on three levels: first, it optimizes your mind-set to improve alertness, attention, and motivation; second, it prepares and encourages nerve cells to bind to one another, which is the cellular basis for logging in new information; and third, it spurs the development of new nerve cells from stem cells in the hippocampus" (Ratey,2008, 53).

  3. So is creative movement a new concept?
    No, it is not. It is a widely used tool for over all child development in schools across developed countries and has been highly researched and developed with the focal point being a child's progress.

  4. Why is there a difference in approach in Pre-school and Primary?
    Preschool has more structured dancing, less group activities and partner activities and is also teacher centric as compared to the Primary School syllabus. The reason being skill development and gross motor development even though developing rapidly is still at a very basic level at the Pre-School stage. Thus imitation helps a child in this age group to build these skills faster. This age group is not completely ready for group interaction and teamwork. Having said that there are still loads of opportunities for firing up creativity, promoting exploration and experiential learning.

  5. Will this program improve a child's dancing skills?
    Yes absolutely! The Agile Kids program is based on the exploration of Body, Space, Energy and Time which is the basis for development of movement skills for all dance forms. The curriculum allows for a tremendous freedom of movement in various ways which in the process prepares the body for easy adaptation to dance genres.

  6. Why should Agile Kids be a part of the curriculum and not be an extracurricular activity instead?
    Apart from the fact that movement is the most natural way for a child to learn, this program results in learning through complete body and mind integration thus making for better retention, memory and understanding.

    Movement is core to the human existence and development. If encouraged in a non-judgemental, non-competitive environment, the citizens of tomorrow turn into well integrated movers that are very comfortable with their body and it's ability. This would bring in efficiency in every area of life and raise a generation that would embrace agility of mind and body all their lives. This is therefore, an essential component for a complete education and cannot be treated as an option.

  7. How is the Agile Kids program different from a PE program?
    • Agile Kids focus is on the process and not the product. It is about creation and not about the end product or result. Each child finds his/her own solution to the same movement challenge and realises there can be different solutions to one problem and that there are multiple ways (way currently) to express the same idea. Agile Kids is non competitive giving a child a pressure free learning experience where the only parameters he/she will be measured by is his/her own.
    • Agile Kids is a program which meets a child's innate need to express thoughts, feelings and understanding of an idea through movement. All other movement in a curriculum is functional- students acquire skills, such as throwing or kicking a ball, or in gymnastics, for example, children learn the principle of balance etc. Both functional and expressive types of movement experiences are necessary for children to develop their full potential and Agile Kids provides both such experiences.