Introducing young students to dance not only brings joy and excitement to the students’ lives but also provides a myriad of benefits. Dancing can improve their physical fitness, flexibility, balance and coordination. It also helps develop their creativity, musicality, and self-expression. Furthermore, dancing promotes teamwork, social skills and confidence, which are essential life skills.
Exploring the Wonders of Biomimicry in Dancing
At Begawan Learning Centre, the Eco Warriors had the opportunity to explore the wonders of biomimicry in dance. Through watching traditional Indonesian dances that imitate nature, they gained an understanding of the symbiotic relationship between culture and environment. From the graceful Wanara Yaksa dance that mimics the movement of monkeys to the elegant Merak Ulin dance that mimics the strut of peacocks, the students witnessed the intricate beauty of nature reflected in art.
Learning the Enggang Dance from Kalimantan
The highlight of the activity was the learning of the Enggang dance from Kalimantan. Inspired by the Enggang bird, which is a symbol of wisdom and courage in Indonesian culture, the dance mimics the bird’s graceful movements. Before learning the dance, the students were introduced to the Enggang’s characteristics, behaviour and cultural significance. They watched a video of the dance performance and divided themselves into groups to master the choreography. The students worked collaboratively, developing their teamwork, communication, confidence and self-esteem. After two days of practice, they performed the dance together, demonstrating their synchronised movements and graceful execution.
The Enggang dance provided a unique and memorable experience for the students. It allowed them to connect with nature and culture through the art of dance, providing an engaging and enjoyable way to learn about biomimicry. By learning about the Enggang and its movements, the students gained a deeper understanding of the relationship between culture and the environment.
The Benefits of Learning Through Dancing
Learning through dance provides a fun and engaging way for students to connect with their environment and culture. By fostering physical, cognitive and social development, dancing enables children to become well-rounded individuals with a lifelong love for learning. The Eco Warriors’ experience at Begawan Learning Centre is a testament to the power of dance as a tool for education and personal growth. (Irham)