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Evidence: A Report on the Impact of Dance in the K-12 Setting Karen Bradley, Jane Bonbright, and Shannon Dooling National Dance Education Organization This project was supported in part or in whole by an award from the Research: Art Worksprogram at the National Endowment for the Arts: Grant# 12-3800-7006. The opinions expressed in this paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Office of Research & Analysis or the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information included in this report and is not responsible for any consequence of its use.
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July 2013 Abstract: The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) undertook a review of recent studies of how dance impacts learning, with particular attention to several areas determined to be under-researched in the 2004 Research Priorities for Dance Education: A Report to the Nation (Bonbright and Faber). These areas included: Creative Process, Neuroscience/Brain Research, Student Achievement, Affective Domain, Student Performance, Equity, Cultural and World Dance, and Children-at-Risk. A group of researchers combed a variety of databases, including recent theses, dissertations, and articles within the Dance Education Literature and Research descriptive index (DELRdi), the Fast Response Survey System (FRSS), and a newly discovered collection of reports from the U.S Department of Education’s Arts-in-Education programs in professional development and model programs. The researchers prepared evaluations and summaries of each study, article, or report that provided insight into the evidence of how dance education impacts teaching and learning in the first decade-plus of the 21st century. K e y C o n t r i b u t o r s : J a n e B o n b r i g h t, N a t i o n a l D a n c e E d u c a t i o n O r g a n i z a t i o n K a r e n B r a d l e y, U n i v e r s i t y o f M a r y l a n d N a t i o n a l D a n c e E d u c a t i o n O r g a n i z a t i o n N a t i o n a l E n d o w m e n t f o r t h e A r t sEvidence: A Report on the Impact of Dance in the K-12 Setting Photo by John Spicer. Courtesy of San Francisco Ballet.