Prepared to Be “Moved”

We look at the ways dance and art can make children into better communicators.

words sabrina lee
photo courtesy of the arts granary

As humans, we are constantly communicating messages without saying a word. We send signals through a variety of nonverbal behaviours, including gestures, touch, posture, facial expressions, eye contact, and position — pointing your finger at someone, rolling your eyes and saying “huh” and “mmm”. In many cases, we communicate one message orally while saying the opposite nonverbally. Since nonverbal communication is often natural and unconscious, physical messages are often more truthful and genuine than the words we speak.

There are many types of nonverbal communication, much more than what immediately comes to mind. If you ask about it most people will mention body language, which is correct. Other means of nonverbal communications may include smiling. Eye contact can be a powerful tool — not only can it convey your message and get attention, but also make someone fall in love with you. Other often forgotten types of nonverbal communication are art and dance.

More ways to creative communication in the November 2017-January 2018 issue of little.