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How can dance benefit my child?

Body Expressions Center of Performing Arts teaches more than just steps. We believe that dance training equates to life training. We are focused on helping you as parents create and raise hard-working, respectful and confident young people for wherever their life endeavors may lead them. The dedication, discipline and focus children learn and practice through dance are important life skills that will transfer over to school, work and other aspects of their lives.

We have compiled a list of 9 benefits the discipline of dance can give to your child.

1. They are learning a great range of motion, body awareness, balance, muscle strength, coordination and endurance.

2. In dance classes, children have the opportunity to learn in a comfortable social setting. They must take turns, work as a group, cooperate, share, understand space, form lines, watch and support one another, perform and interact.

3. The group dynamic within the dance class challenges young ones to respect others as they share and move through space in unison. Many times you will see a very strong bond between dancers because of these efforts no matter how old they are.

4. It is important that children learn that if they don’t succeed, they need to try again. Being able to make mistakes, ask for help, accept constructive feedback and make improvements are great skills to have. When they master a complicated movement, they have a sense of accomplishment that will encourage them to conquer other challenges throughout their lives.

5. Dance can help young ones learn discipline, because they have to memorize and execute specific steps and body movements that require practice and perserverance.

6. Because dancing is also an art form, children are learning how to creatively express their emotions. There are endless opportunities to share and be aware of various emotions as students’ experience one another and themselves through movement.

7. Dance classes provide a structured outlet for a healthy physical and emotional release that helps develop emotional maturity.

8. As children improve and master more challenging movement combinations, they feel more self-assured and comfortable standing in front of their peers, which can carry over into other areas of their lives.

9. Dance helps build self-confidence with each new routine they practice and master. It also enables children to develop interpersonal skills, which is vital to a child’s cognitive development. They learn the importance of teamwork and develop skills to work successfully in a group setting. This helps children learn how to listen well, lead others and be patient.