Creativity is a 'C' of much consequence when it comes to the A-Z of Grace and Poise. Creativity is essential to the Ballet Practitioner / Choreographer and Teacher, but seemingly also an inherent part of our being.
To create is to generate, to imagine, to explore the opportunities of discovery and allow your mind to wander beyond the realms of the known and beyond into the fields of innovation. In Ballet creativity encompasses the body, mind and soul as it challenges the way in which the body can move and travel through space, the mind can conceptualise and transform meaning into movement and the soul can feel. When it comes to shaping the body, exploring pathways of movement and translating narrative through the use of the body and expression; creativity has no bounds, but how can we facilitate creativity in children and why is it so important in not just the world of ballet but of value to us all.
Researchers found that creativity decreases mortality risk. One possible reason creativity is protective of health is because it draws on a variety of neural networks within the brain. Creative thinking has also been proven to reduce stress and keep the brain healthy.
Thinking creatively allows the brain to see a problem not as an obstacle but as a maze, a challenge, a conquest. The brain is able to target the issue from numerous angles and evaluate all the possible options. This allows the self to be able to cope better with uncertainty and additionally be more efficient and proactive in the work place and general life.
Confidence building is often a challenge for many, creativity allows the self to explore the possibility of failure and not to be afraid of this eventuality. Failure can begin to be seen as a bump in the road rather than the end of the road. Once the self adopts failure as part of the process of learning the feeling of competency increases thus making us more confident.
It is in the playing and only in the playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self