he benefits of dance for children are numerous—whether for health reasons, to grow their creativity, or more simply, to have a good time. The benefits of dance classes include boosting self-confidence, improving self-discipline, and developing poise. The most important part of dancing, however, is that it’s fun!
Here are five reasons why your child should get up and get their groove on.
- Growth and Development
In comparison with most other physical activities, dancing requires a greater range of motion, coordination, strength, and endurance. This is accomplished through movement patterns that teach coordination and motor memory. This form of exercise utilizes the entire body and is excellent for overall fitness. In addition to their natural inclination to move, dance gives children the chance to expand their range of movement.
- Mental Maturity
Psychological health and maturity are enhanced by dance. Through creative movement, children can express their emotions and develop an understanding of themselves and others. Movement within a class allows children to release physical tension as well as gain awareness and appreciation of themselves and others.
- Sense of Social Awareness
Dance promotes social encounters, interaction, and cooperation. Students learn to communicate ideas to others through physical movement in a real and immediate way. Working with others quickly becomes second nature to children. Through the continuous and sometimes trying process of cooperation, children learn how to relate to one another.
- Promotes Healthy Cognitive Development
Children naturally are inclined to use the movement they observe to solve problems. Cognitive loops allow ideas, problems, or intentions to be connected to the outcome or solution. Infants, children, and, ultimately, adults learn to understand and function in the world through this process.
- Fosters Creativity
No matter what style they specialize in, dance allows children to express themselves in a variety of ways. Children learn how to think critically and build trust by using their imaginations and creativity. Your child will benefit from creative problem-solving throughout their lifetime if they develop it in the early years.
Why You Should Dance As a Family
Why should only children get in on the fun of dance? As a physical activity recommendation for adults, dance’s heart-pumping benefits are right on target. An adult should get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise for optimal health and wellbeing.
Kids naturally enjoy movement and rhythm, and when they are involved in regular dance classes, the benefits only increase. Dance training also teaches kids the satisfaction of hard work, and discipline as they memorize the steps and movements that require practice and perseverance.
Moving together as a family throughout the week helps you and your child learn the value of teamwork as you work together toward a common goal—so why not be their biggest dance advocate and sign them up for a dance class today?
Explore our Dance Programs
Did you know that the Youth Life Center offers its own youth dance classes? Our comprehensive dance programs range from Urban to Modern, and Line Dance. They are designed to help your child creatively express themselves through music, dance, and much more! Contact us online or at (770) 272-5086 to learn more about our programs, or register your child today!