While dance is a fantastic creative outlet and physical activity for children, there are many additional benefits a structured dance class can provide for your child.
Structured dance lessons can be incredibly beneficial to children of all ages. While dance benefits children through the physical act of dancing, there are also benefits in cognitive development, emotional and social development, musicality, and creativity.
From the age of two, a structured dance class can aid children in the development of their gross and fine motor skills, making choices and figuring out how their bodies can move and what they are capable of, they can improve their sense of empathy through mime and acting, and social skills by following basic instructions and waiting for their turn.
Having the freedom to express themselves through music is hugely beneficial to children of all ages – dance aids children in developing their understanding of tempo and dynamics (watch any child dance to “Let it Go” – they really feel the music). The confidence gained by being able to dance freely is incredibly valuable.
As children progress through dance, the skills gained have many benefits outside of the world of dance. Dancers are more resilient – putting in the work to improve a skill builds a feeling of competence and a sense of mastery. Dancers know how to set goals and achieve them, they are focused and disciplined, and they can think creatively. These skills benefit dancers academically while in school and once they are grown, they enter the adult world capable and ready to thrive.