Many educators, clinicians and therapists utilise hip hop culture and music in interventions to engage children and young people. Children and young people often identify with frequent themes within rap, rock and pop music such as relationships, loss, betrayal and death and begin to take responsibility for their own lives and decisions (MCferran –Skewes 2004, Malekoff 2014).
The use of dance, music, poetry, rap and hip hop promotes therapeutic self disclosure and interpersonal connections. These expressive art forms allow a state of consciousness to promote open discussions of emotions,thoughts and feelings, the revelation of serious issues and the solutions. (Malekoff 2014).
The use of movement and dance supports the development of a trusting relationship through non-verbal connections, allowing the children and young people to create a safe and interactive environment to relate with peers, teachers and specialists. (Malekoff 2014).
Dance and movement allows positive expression to allow each individual to be seen and flourish in their relationships away from isolation. Our movements inherently tell something about our inner states: body postures and movements have been shown to be reflective of both short term mood states (Amaya et al. 1996; Costellano et al. 2007; Crane & Gross 2007; Paterson et al. 2000; Pollick et al. 2001; Trojoe 2008; Walbott 1998), as well as of more long term affective phenomena such as personality (Ball & Breese 2000;,Kluft et al. 2006; Koppensteiner & Grammar 2010) and depression (Lemke et al. 2000).
Dance/movement provides a method of reconnecting the mind and the body through our native language (Kleinman 2013). The utilisation of movement as a mode of expression allows development of a stronger connection with our bodies and the recognition of the mind/body connection to alleviate suppressed thoughts and feelings (Tartakovsky 2013
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