For those of you who have seen Miley Cyrus’ MTV Video Music Award performance, you might have found yourselves a bit appalled at the former Disney star’s obscene actions. Some of you may even have wondered in horror “Is this how kids dance nowadays?” and find yourselves not wanting to let your own little ones get dancing experience. But no matter how cringe-worthy Cyrus’ performance was, rest assured that dance isn’t quite all that bad! In fact, it has been proven that dance can have a strong positive influence on your child, so don’t be deterred! Here are some of the ways dance can have a strong positive influence on your child.
Improved Physical Health
Dancing is a remarkably physical activity, and kids who regularly attend dance classes should expect to see a vast improvement in their overall physical health. Benefits include increased flexibility, physical strength, range of motion, stamina, and better posture. For children who are slightly overweight, dance can help them become healthier and improve their eating habits!
Dance is also an exceptionally social activity - many of our dancers have become best friends with other children in their classes! Dance classes can help children practice their social and communication skills, learn teamwork, and develop a greater sense of trust. If your little one is shy, we have heard from many parents that after taking dance lessons, their child has become much more outgoing and comfortable around new people and places. Dance can help overcome stage fright as well!
As your dancer begins to blossom into a skilled dancer, they will learn discipline, focus, and skills that will be useful in other areas of his or her life. Dance lessons can help get those creative juices flowing and an appreciation for the arts. FamilyTalk magazine has estimated that students with a dance background tend to do academically better than students who don’t have a dance background. They are also said to do better in science and math competitions and are observed to achieve higher SAT scores.
The more comfortable your little dancers get with their body, the more their self-esteem will improve. As they get more familiar with the movements and postures they learn in dance class, they start to get a better sense of their bodies. The skills they develop help them foster a more positive attitude and encourage them to explore self-expression. For children with physical or mental disabilities, this can be particularly beneficial.
Even with the notorious dance reputation that celebrities are giving nowadays, it certainly does not have to be that way! Dance is can be profoundly beneficial, so why not give it a try today? You can sign up for one of our free trial classes today both in San Diego and Chicago - you and your little one will love it!