Benefits of dance for children

Benefits of dance for children

Benefits of dance for children

  • Dance for children contributes to the development of physical, mental and emotional capacities.

There are multiple benefit of dance for childrens.  It promotes the development of physical, mental and emotional abilities that can extend throughout life.  The most important are coordination, memory and concentration, which allows the realization of other activities more easily such as school performance.

According to author Mary Joyce (1987), “dance in children becomes a tool for developing communicative, expressive, and creative skills; a tool for the development of teamwork; and a multicultural tool”.  Dance, like any other art, allow children to have a different vision of the world.

Here are the most important benefits of dancing from an early age:

  1. Physical benefits:

Like other physical activities, dancing offers multiple health benefits.  It makes possible to know, explore and discover the body, getting a more capacity for self-motivation and concentration due to the training of body awareness and relaxing.  In accordance with studies carried out (Prieto, Naranjo, García, 2008), dancing from an early age allows better balance control, better posture, fluidity in movement and, above all, good cardiovascular health.

  1. Emotional and social benefits:

Concerning the emotional and behavioral area, dance encourages children to set their own goals from an early age, allowing them to increase their expressive and creative capacity.  Dance becomes a socializing agent that promotes relationships with other children of the same age, promotes the idea of teamwork, leadership skills and a broad development of non-verbal communication.

Children grow up in a creative environment where respect for different people allows them to improve their social skills.  In addition, the knowledge and understanding of different cultures that can be reached from dance.

For teenagers, dance becomes their own way of  communication and gives them the possibility to create and manifest their emotions.  Even in this period of change, dance builds their self-esteem because they can discover their qualities and the value of their body.

  1. Creativity and artistic skills:

For the dancer Isadora Duncan (2003), dance is the most natural and beautiful way to support the development of  child. When she created her school she did it with a social and educational approach, thinking that education should include dance as a subject because of its benefits.

When an artistic activity is practiced from an early age, different innate abilities are awakened not just for dance, but for other disciplines like acting or singing that require a great creative capacity.

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