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“Adopting a new posture allows you to embrace a new attitude” – Evaluation shows that dance can have an impact

January, 2019

The Break the Fight! – Breakdance Against School Bullying project developed by Arja Tiili has been the object of unusually close scrutiny. The Finnish Youth Research Society used action research methods and got out and about amongst young people to see for itself what the workshops involved and what the young participants had to say about the dance performance.

“The development of emotional skills and movement support one another – and this is particularly important during puberty,” explains researcher Sofia Laine, who is herself a keen dancer. “What’s more, the discussions held after the dance and movement sessions led to those involved opening up in a completely different way.”

The research highlighted that there is a need for multiform, art-based education in our schools.

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