Dancing With Your Tongue

Can dancing the flamenco help students learn a second language? One dance troupe thinks so, and is instructing New York teachers in the fundamentals of the dance for just that purpose. “If the connection between flamenco and English as a second language seems less than obvious, it may help to think about how people communicate when they do not speak the same tongue. They use gestures and facial expressions. As students learn, they memorize the rules of the new language, including intonations and transitions. Eventually, they let go and improvise. The same elements – nonverbal clues; shifts in rhythm, speed and phrasing; and the interplay of rules and inventions – are fundamental to flamenco.”

Source: The New York Times - 07/16/05