Biodanza and Other Dance Forms as a Vehicle for Social-Emotional-Learning in Schools: A Scoping Review
In this scoping review, the literature on the relationship between dance and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) was consolidated. Research of various forms of dance on psychosocial outcomes among K-6 populations included: increased sense of belonging, violence prevention, and increased creative thinking and problem-solving responses. The dance form, Biodanza, in particular, may be useful in engaging students in the active practice of social skills, appropriate use of body language, self-regulation, self-awareness, and boundaries. We suggest that using dance as a tool for SEL in the classrooms may contribute to improved student mental health and to more inclusive schools.