As our Students prepare to go “Back to School”, I thought it would be a great time to highlight the benefits of Dance not only to your child’s health but also to their education. Now we all know dance is a great active kids sport. From improving co-ordination and strength to increasing flexibility, dance has many physical benefits and best of all it keeps our kids fit and healthy while they have a great time. But did you know that Dance is also a SuperFood when it comes to boosting your child’s productivity in the classroom? Here are 5 ways Dance will help to improve your child’s learning!
MORE ENERGY! Now we all know those first few weeks back at school can be tough. Getting back into the early morning routines and long days of learning can make even the most energetic children appear exhausted but one sure fire way to give them back their bounce is EXERCISE! Any form of physical activity, for example dancing, which gets the heart rate up, the blood flowing and releases endorphins is going to raise their energy levels and make them happy and motivated. Plus ensuring they get a good physical, and not just mental workout every day, will help them sleep better at night ensuring they wake refreshed and ready for another big day of learning!
PROMOTES READING & WRITING SKILLS Dance is a great way of continuing to mature the pre-requisite skills your child needs for learning.One example, crossing the midline of your body, helps build pathways in the brain and is an important skill required for the development of various motor and cognitive skills they will need for learning.This skill is often underdeveloped in children and leads to difficulties with reading and writing and may require occupational therapy to resolve. Dance choreography involves techniques that from a young age can enhance a child’s ability to develop this skill and assist reading and writing development.
IMPROVES CONCENTRATION Kids love to be active, and often sitting still long enough for anything to sink in can be challenging. Dancing requires both focus and discipline.These skills, developed and enhanced through dance and applied to other areas, can help students be more engaged within the classroom environment thereby improving concentration and overall academic performance. Dance classes can also be beneficial for children who struggle with hyperactivity, ADD, anxiety and depression.
REDUCES STRESS With the heavy presence of social media and the pressures to live the “perfect” life we are seeing an alarming increase in the number of children showing symptoms of stress and anxiety. Dance encourages a freedom of expression and creativity in a fun environment where mind and body are fully in the moment focussing on the music and movement. Dancing with friends to their favourite music releases endorphins that promote happiness and can help reduce stress and tension in any age group .
BOOSTS MEMORY Did you know that exercise increases chemicals in your brain that encourage nerve cell growth and brain development. Not only is dance a great form of exercise while boosting brain function, but remembering and being able to problem solve choreography, dance steps and sequences stimulates and increases the brain’s capacity to retain and process information therefore improving the students’ memory and thinking skills.