Creative Dance as a Means of Growth and Development of Fundamental Motor Skills for Children in First Grades of Primary Schools in Greece


  • Georgios Lykesas Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Aggeliki Tsapakidou Preschool Department of the University of Western Macedonia of Greece
  • Eleni Tsopmanaki Preschool Department of the University of Western Macedonia of Greece


Creative dance, motor skills, traditional dance, teaching approach, primary school


Creative dance is currently an exceptional contemporary pedagogical and teaching approach which assists and supports significantly the harmonious kinetic development of individuals. Moreover, it is an amusing educational tool that contributes to the establishment of fundamental motor skills in fostering coordination, cooperation and team co-responsibility, psychomotor development and in the creation of a pleasant teaching environment. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of an interventional program for the development of movement education, having as a central axis creative dance for children in 1st and 2nd grade of primary school. Thus, it focuses on developing and improving fundamental motor skills and related concepts of creative movement as far as it concerns space, time, flow, dynamics and relationships. Eighty students (Î=80) of two primary schools in Thessaloniki, seven to nine years old, followed this interventional program for eight weeks  that included creative dance activities and traditional dances. For data collection and evaluation of motor skills of students, Ulrich 2000 test was employed. The results confirm the crucial role of the intervention program for the development of kinetic education - centered on the creative dance-in the development and improvement of fundamental motor transferable skills to young students.

Author Biographies

Georgios Lykesas, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Lecturer at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Aggeliki Tsapakidou, Preschool Department of the University of Western Macedonia of Greece

Associate Professor at the Preschool Department of the University of Western Macedonia of Greece

Eleni Tsopmanaki, Preschool Department of the University of Western Macedonia of Greece

University of Birmingham, PhD, Dance in Tertiary Education.

University of Birmingham, Master of Philosophy, Dance in Primary Education

Collaborator at Preschool Department of the University of Western Macedonia of Greece


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Lykesas, G., Tsapakidou, A., & Tsopmanaki, E. (2014). Creative Dance as a Means of Growth and Development of Fundamental Motor Skills for Children in First Grades of Primary Schools in Greece. Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, 2(1). Retrieved from