Dancing for kids in Australia is not as popular as other - outside sports such as cricket, football and basketball. But in many countries the value of dance for kids has been proven over and over as an effective way to improve our children's well being. Are Aussies kids missing out? The answer is a resounding YES - and here is why.
Firstly, dancing is a highly physical activity and kids who dance experience better overall physical health than other children. Regular dance practice contributes to a child’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina. These kids have better posture, better balance, better coordination and better cardiovascular fitness, weigh less and stay trim.
Dance lessons helps kids improve their social and communications skills, develop a great sense of trust and make new friends. If your child is shy, enrolling him in dance can help him reach out to other children his age and reduce his anxiety about new people and places. Dance can also alleviate fears about performing in front of an audience. Dancesport or Ballroom Dancing, in particular, helps socially awkward teens become confident with their peers. This unique, gender neutral partner activity sets them up with real ways to work peacefully and respectfully with a partner of the opposite gender - as essential life skill.
# Dancesport is social (and safe)
#3 Educational Benefits
Becoming a skilled dancer requires practice, discipline and focus, skills that be be useful in other aspects of their life. Research has shown that children that participate in achievement based extra curricular activities for a minimum of two years perform better in school, work and life in general than their peers. The grit needed to achieve in dance is an invaluable lesson that they can transfer into other learning. Determination and persistence, not talent is the key. Dance lessons can also spark creativity in children and help them develop an appreciation for the arts.
As children learn about posture and movement in dance, they begin to get a better sense of their bodies. As they become comfortable in their own skin, their self esteem and confidence also improves. Dancing can hep kids foster a more positive attitude and explore their own self expression, especially kids with emotional or social issues.