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Benefits of Dance

Advancing Dance Education in the Arts states that dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. It can help children mature in several ways including physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. While physical benefits of dance are widely accepted, emotional, social and cognitive attributes haven’t always been appreciated. The following are benefits of dance.

Physical Development

Children learn motion, coordination, strength and endurance from dance. This is above most other physical activities due to movement patterns that teach coordination and kinesthetic memory. The entire body is utilized from dancing and is an excellent form of exercise for total body fitness. Young children are naturally active, so dancing can expand their skills.

Emotional Maturity

Dance is a great way for kids to gain psychological health and maturity. Children have the opportunity to express their emotions and become aware of themselves and others through this creative movement outlet. Children who dance in class have a structured outlet for physical release and emotional experiences.

Social Awareness

Children who dance learn better social skills, interaction and cooperation. They learn to communicate ideas to others through the real and immediate mode of body movement. Dance also teaches them to work within a group and allows them to understand themselves in relation to others.

Cognitive Development

Movement provides the cognitive loop between the idea, problem, or intent and the outcome or solution. This teaches children how to function in the world. Children learn to create movement spontaneously when they’re presented with ideas or problems that can be solved with a movement response.

Literacy

Literacy is often developed through dance. Young children entwine verbal language and movement. Dance and learning language are woven together and are incorporated into a fabric of communication and understanding. This helps them learn better.

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