As a parent, it can be challenging when deciding what type of activities that you want to enroll your child in. There are so many factors that can influence this, especially when picking an activity that your child will actually be interested in and enjoy. In this day and age, it’s important to give your children an outlet that doesn’t consist of being in a virtual world. Dance is an incredible outlet for children that teaches them so many other things, more than just how to move. At EMG Dance Studios, we have classes for all levels; whether it’s your first dance class or if you consider yourself a more intermediate to advanced dancer, there is something for you! So let’s take a look at some of the top benefits of dance classes for children.
Improved Physical Health
Dancing is a highly physical activity that requires boundless energy, which is something that most children need an outlet for! Not only does dancing help release energy, but it can increase your child’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength, and overall stamina. The consistent repetitive movements that are involved in dance can help improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, increase balance and coordination, and improve a child’s overall cardiovascular health. Dance is an extremely aerobic form of exercise that can help instill healthy physical patterns that they can take with them for the rest of their lives.
Not only is dance an extremely physical activity but it also a highly social activity. Starting socialization at a young age is a very important when teaching them life skills like teamwork, building friendships, respect, and many other social skills that will help them succeed in life. If you child is shy, enrolling them in dance classes can encourage them to socialize with children their age and can help reduce anxiety that may be caused by unfamiliar people or places. Dance can also help alleviate certain fears that may be related to public viewing or being in the spotlight.
Dance requires children to develop a sense of discipline and focus. It teaches them that they have to practice and work hard for what they want, which is intensely important when setting them up for success in any aspect of life. Dance also helps ignite a sense of creativity, whether or not it is specifically related to dance. According to FamilyTalkMagazine, students who were enrolled or participated in dance lessons tended to perform better academically over their peers who did not participate.
Improved Sense of Self-Esteem
When children are learning the principles of dance and experiencing the various movements, they begin to get a better sense of their own bodies. Dance can give children a higher sense of comfort in their own skin, and there-fore help improve their overall confidence. It can also foster a sense of positivity for healthy self expression. While giving children a higher sense of confidence can be beneficial for any child, it can be especially beneficial for children that may have some type of physical or mental impairment.
Promotes Healthy Growth
The regular exercise and movement that dance provides helps promote a healthy, positive level of physical growth. As opposed to other sports, dance gives the body movement on both the right and left side. For example, children in ballet class will focus equally on movement for both their right and left side, no matter which side is dominant. Dance is also highly focused on form. One of the reasons that dance can be so difficult to master is because it forces dancers to use proper form. This then helps protect them from injury or other physical bad habits that could give them problems in the long run.
If you are looking to give your child an outlet where they can expel all that boundless energy that children seem to have, dance may be the perfect activity for them. Not only does it introduce the importance of physical health, but it also gives them a plethora of life long skills that they can take and use for the rest of their lives. At EMG Dance Studios we offer classes for children as young as four years old. We offer a wide variety of classes such as: ballet, hip-hop, jazz, ballroom, musical theater, contemporary, and many more. Visit our website to view our full list of classes and enroll today! We can’t wait to see you in our studio!