Dance encourages independence, initiative and self-esteem and contributes to a substantial enrichment in the teaching-learning process and in the acquisition of cognitive, psychomotor and socio-emotional skills. In this study, 55 students, both genders and various ethnic groups, with ages from 6 to 11 years old were observed. Movement games, Hip Hop and Modern jazz and Portuguese/ international dances were taught. Evaluations were made at the beginning and at the end of 2009/2010 school year. We identified that at the socio-emotional level, there was a significant development of autonomy, cooperation and acceptance of criticism. We were able to verify that there were an improvement in physical activities and acquisition of the concept of space. With respect to body work, there was an increase in balance as well as an improvement in postural alignment. As a part of its goal, school should promote the process of socialization and autonomy. We considered that throughout this project, the school achieved these objectives as well as the feeling of respect for others. Thus, it is extremely important for the articulation of basic education with the various artistic expressions.
Key words: Dance, autonomy, cooperation, primary school.
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