Get Dancing: 10 Benefits of Dance Classes for Children
Published 18 December 2020 at 19:30
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As we firmly believe, learning does not just take place in the classroom. We all want our kids to benefit from a wider range of opportunities and sign them up to a broad range of extra-curricular activities and clubs. With a market full of conflicting entertaining options, many of our life decisions centre around a choice of schools, young people's sporting programmes and a variety of after school classes to broaden our kids’ horizons, discover new interests and pursue their passions.
There are four types of activities: Academic and Educational, such as languages, science and computing, chess or coding, and Art and Creative like dance, music, drama, crafts etc. More and more parents are looking for inspirational learning for their little ones and opt for performing opportunities – be it musical, theatrical or dancing.
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Out of all the activities you may choose for your child, we highly recommend enrolling them to dance classes. Whether for fun and fitness or a career in performing, dancing is one of the most enjoyable ways to get moving. No matter what style you consider, dance is for everyone: any shape, age or background. It is widely reported that dance has an important role to play in our lives – with classes to benefit body, mind and soul.
Through participation in appropriate dancing activities, children develop:
1. Physical Skills
The fitness and social benefits of dance are well documented, however it is of paramount importance for children to get the right introduction to dance. A love of dance from an early age is a positive step towards a healthy life that motivates little dancers to stay active as they grow into adults. Notably, structured dance classes develop children’s physical strength and increase their stamina, flexibility and coordination. Regular dancing helps lose weight, build muscles, maintain strong bones and even the way kids walk changes. Most importantly, dancing is so much fun for kids. As impulsive explorers, pre-schoolers enjoy an environment where they can jump, run, swirl, sway and spin. All the while, your child develops an awareness of their body and how it moves through space without even realising it.
2. Emotional Maturity
Weekly dance classes encourage not only fitness but also develop confidence and facilitate children’s healthy emotional development in an engaging manner. Expressing emotions through movement, kids recognise particular feelings like being sad, embarrassed, happy or angry, and it gives them the freedom to extend their understanding of the perspectives and emotions of other people. Some children struggle to express their feelings through verbal language or respond to others. And this is where dance can really help to show that feelings are universal.
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3. Social Skills
Children love to play and learn together and that is why dance is a great way of helping even shy kids come out of their shell. As part of their session, little dancers are asked to work together both in pairs and groups. Dance places children from different backgrounds and often mixed genders in one room which creates an environment outside of their comfort zone. Dance is a natural method for being engaged in social interaction, achieving peer acceptance, making and maintaining friendships. That’s why it is particularly important in an early childhood period when children develop social skills beyond their families or caregivers and the ability to belong to a group.
Movement and musicality go hand in hand, they are an intrinsic part of being human. Music makes us move. Encouraging children to dance to music develops sensitivity to sounds, melody and rhythm. Dance develops an understanding of the relationship between body movements and music, improves musical receptivity and increases a child’s sensitivity to rhythmic patterns, phrasing and intensity of music at any age.
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5. Cognitive Thinking
The recent studies prove that through regular dance classes children exercise cognitive abilities and maximise their brain function. What does it mean for your little one? When a child engages in learning complex choreography and memorising movements, it challenges their focus. Such brain activity becomes a fantastic form of mental exercise. Pretty cool, huh?
Each child has their own individual summit of dancing achievements. By encouraging them to participate in festivals at the best level and to aim towards reaching their summit, you give your kids responsibility for achieving these outcomes and help them learn from their successes and failures. Winners breed a winning mentality and it equips them with confidence and enthusiasm to enjoy dance and an active lifestyle. This is a skill we use long into adulthood.
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Any parent can attest to the fact that children aren’t the most passive creatures in the world. It may seem strange but learning to dance requires the patience of a saint. Rehearsing similar or new moves helps children build an appreciation of patience, knowing that time and practice will eventually bring a mastery of their dance.
Children learn to express themselves through movement and realise they can create shapes with their body and find rhythms with their feet. It helps them understand that their bodies are the best instrument they will possess for creativity.
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This grows with increasing ability in dance and provides a child with confidence and pride in their abilities. Also, as dance requires interaction with others this forces even the shyest child to engage with others.
Dance has to be done regularly often requiring some self-sacrifice which builds discipline. As discipline is the practice of training people to obey rules, many dances require the following of prescribed steps and movements.
By Anna Khan