> > Have any studies been done on the effects of learning Scottish Country > Dancing at a young age? >
One of our members who was a schoolteacher who started a children's
class at school found that there were some very real benefits.
She was lead into a false sense of security the first year as she
worked with a group of fairly high achievers.
The second year she had some problem children in the class, and
everything was a lot more difficult. However as the year progressed
the discipline and group skills of SCD produced an effect outside
the dance floor, and there was a noticable improvement in their
behaviour. She noticed this effect with other groups in subsequent
But why should this effect be limited to school children - my
spouse-in-law takes a group of adults with learning difficulties,
and they seem to benefit from the same enforced teamwork, (even
if the musician has to add on a couple of bars to enable them to
get back to place!).
Many companies spend large sums of money sending their employees
on courses to develop their teamwork skills - I often wonder whether
everyone would benefit if they just sent them along to the local
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