Did you know that dance classes go beyond just teaching Dance? Dr. Krasnow & Dr. Wilmerding of the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science state: “Motor development is the study of ongoing changes to movement abilities that are common to all people, and it looks at these changes through all the stages of life. These changes are both progressive, meaning that one skill builds on the next, and irreversible in a healthy population, so that once a stage of development is reached, it does not disappear.” This blog post will provide you a list of benefits that your child is getting from being enrolled in dance :)
Physical Development: Dance class jump starts the physical development that occurs between ages two and seven. This is when your child will start to adopt their fundamental locomotor skills; such as walking, jumping and leaping… and nonlocomotor skills also start to develop, like stretching, bending, and twisting. Dance Class allows this age group to practice these motor skills regularly, which significantly improves their balance, accuracy, stability, and coordination.
Emotional Understanding and Social Skills: Creative movement gives young children a chance to their express ideas, emotions and feelings through movement. Experts in this field strongly believe that children enrolled in creative dance classes tend to be more socially competent and cooperative in groups, listening, understanding instructions, and fewer behavioral problems.
Sensory Awareness: In a dance class, children’s senses are activated, especially since children tend to perceive the world through their senses. Visually, they respond to the movements that their dance teacher is creating, and they try to create those same movements. In terms of sound, children react to the music they hear as well as the teacher’s voice. In a creative movement class, all the senses are being engaged!
Self-Esteem & Expression: When young children learn and develop new skills in dance, they strengthen things like their self-esteem, confidence, and expression. Dancers feel a great sense of accomplishment when they are finished with class! Dance teachers encourage their students to mimic their movements, which gives them the opportunity to express themselves in a highly special way. Instead of verbalizing their thoughts, kids learn how to express emotions in a different way: through facial expressions and dance movements.
Classroom Performance: Studies have shown that children who take dance class regularly have better reasoning and problem-solving skills. This translates into their math, science and social studies skills, and it also provides them with a foundation on language and literacy. Some experts would say that enrolling your child in a creative movement class might be a smartest thing you could do for them!
Kids Develop a Better Sense of Space: Spatial Awareness is an important theme that is emphasized in dance classes. Dancers must learn how respect the personal boundaries of others, which also helps them develop a sense of individuality!
Boosts Academic Performance: Did you know that after a short bout of physical activity, it has been proven that children perform better in their academics? The same is true for dance…. Dance is a healthy, fun form of physical activity that boosts brain activity and functioning.
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