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Dancing in Schools.

Dr. Stenhouse, a member of the Qtagp Education Board, is. aniipus to hate the physical education of children better attended to, and for this purpose urge's that provision should be made for teaching gymnastics and dancing. He says : " Every public school scholar should have at least two quarters' instruction m the dejjghtful, healthful, and truly exhilarating' exceroise of dancing. A majority of our children never acquire tins art during school life ; and as 1 they grow into youth or early manhood womanhood they have to go for their knowledge of ifc'ro evening daises,*^- promiscuous classes ; and I' need' raft point out that this is highly objwfcio|W*|s , and often unsettles

and depraves and leads astray. But no one, h»we,vCr straight-laced, can wisely object to the dancing of children during the day, and under the supervision of their teachers. We have" introduced far too much care and anxiety into child life ; and to counteract this indication I would introduce the joyous pastime of dancing. The dancing master or mistress would be appointed m the same way as the other teachers, and two hours on a Saturday or other day would afford sufficient time. These two innovations could be carried out at a very email cost, and I do hope and trust that this Board will be the first m New Zealand to introduce them, and so impart a joyousness i;o school life that at present it appears to lack.

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Dancing in Schools., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890

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Dancing in Schools. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890

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