At BrilliantTOTS, dance is not just a ‘play’ activity and is, in fact, a vital physical activity that our little ones engage in; there is a codependent balance between physical activities and educational achievements, one without the other will hold back young children from flourishing with full potential. Dance and other physical activities are just as important as educational subjects, which is why we take pride in incorporating dance as one of our priorities at BrilliantTOTS. As a debatable topic and with dance still being looked at as a ‘waste of time’, we are here to shed a light on the benefits of dance for young children.
Improves Physical Health
Dancing is a great form of exercise, and a love of dance from an early age can help motivate kids to stay active as they grow into adults. Dance can increase your child’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina. As well as promoting overall health, enhanced development in these areas can help kids with sports and other activities at school and beyond.
Dance is a highly social activity. In a dance class, children learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation, and make new friends. With each class, children interact with other dancers in the class, and more often than not develop lifelong friendships with those dancers. Dance friends are forever friends!
Enhances Cognitive Development
Attending dance classes allows children to learn self-discipline and time management. As they get older, children will have to learn how to balance school, dance, extracurricular activities, and social life. The dedication, discipline and focus children learn and practice in dance classes are important life skills that will transfer over to the school, work and other aspects of their lives.
No matter the style, dance encourages children to be more creative and to express themselves in many ways. By encouraging creativity and imagination, children learn to build trust, effective relationships, and how to think critically. Early childhood is the best period for the development of creativity, and creative problem solving will serve your child for life.
Enhances Emotional Development
When your child experiences the joy of dancing, he or she learns about expressing themselves in a way that’s beneficial to their physical and mental health. This expression provides a structured outlet for a healthy physical and emotional release that helps develop emotional maturity. By giving children the freedom to channel their emotions and energies in a safe environment, their self-esteem and confidence will increase significantly.
Perseverance And Self-Motivation
When young children study dance they learn perseverance and self-motivation. Dancing encourages children to experiment and find different paths to solving problems. It is vital in a child’s personal development that they learn the importance of trial-and-error and that, if at first, you don’t succeed, try and try again. The sense of success and accomplishment they will experience when they have mastered a complicated movement will encourage them to transfer this ambition into other aspects of life.
The exercise of repetition and rehearsal when dancing improves mental dexterity. Learning body movement and gestures helps children absorb ideas better and improves their ability to absorb and hold information. There is a perceived view that lingers around dance classes that children should only attend if they want to perform on a stage. The fact of the matter is that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, dance classes are an ideal stepping stone for a child who is showing early signs of a natural flair for performance. However, there is a magnitude of benefits of learning to dance for a child who is shy, has low self-esteem or has shown no interest in performing. This is why we are all-inclusive, not exclusive, at Stagecoach Theatre Arts schools. We understand the importance of performing arts to all children and it is our aim to promote this. We provide a safe environment within which young children can blossom and grow, practising important life skills and becoming confident risk-takers.
Body Awareness Followed By Increased Strength And Muscle Growth
The average human has 642 muscles in their body. Young children are naturally active, however, dancing makes use of more of these muscles and in turn develops the use of their bodies fully. Through the process of learning movement, children become more aware of their bodies and what they are capable of. They develop an understanding of what each muscle and limb can do; also building up the courage to experiment with movement and to push themselves to see what they can achieve with their own bodies. This personal sense of adventure is an important life trait for children to develop and a skill they can apply in all aspects of life. It contributes to the development of a child’s confidence and bravery and encourages them to search for new challenges to conquer.
When your child dances, a world of possibilities opens up. You can see it on their face and you can see it in their smile. On the surface, learning to dance is a great way to have fun, burn some energy, and learn about movement. But deeper down, dancing helps to build confidence and self-esteem.
In particular, dancing builds confidence in children by:
- Giving them a natural boost of energy and an overall feeling of well-being that lasts long after their dance shoes come off.
- Helping them to feel strong, fit, capable, and in control of their body.
- Providing an opportunity to meet new children and developed new friendships over a shared love of dance.
- Creating special memories that will last a lifetime.
- Providing opportunities to be celebrated, congratulated, and encouraged by those who love them.
- Offering up a space to have fun, relax, and relieve anxiety.
You can help build confidence in your little one by encouraging them and praising their efforts, celebrating their achievements, and showing them how proud you are by taking an active interest in their dancing experience.