Non-Physical Ways Kids Benefit from Dance – Seeing our kids thrive as their best physical, mental, and emotional selves are one of the most fulfilling things in the world for a parent, and as such, we try to encourage hobbies and forms of self-expression with long-term positive impacts. Science has demonstrated that dance is one of these hobbies, as both recreational dance and dance education are linked with emotional, academic, and cognitive benefits in addition to its obvious physical health boosts.
It’s a fine time to celebrate dance, as 29 April marks the 39th annual International Dance Day. The yearly event’s date was chosen to mark the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre, who was the creator of modern ballet. Though the event is usually celebrated through a large in-person gala in a city of cultural regard, this year’s events will take place through a series of online broadcasts featuring keynote speeches and dance performances at International Theatre Institute Centres.
While dancers around the world celebrate the power of their craft, why not join in their enthusiasm at home by learning more about how our kids can benefit from dance?
Self-discipline: 92% of teen and young adult females regularly participating in dance education disclosed that their attendance of dance classes led to an improvement of their self-discipline. (Source)
Self-expression: 88% of teen and young adult females regularly participating in dance education noted that their participation in dance classes helped them to express their emotions. (ibid)
Grade Point Average: Within a sizable, ethnically diverse sample of students whose academic and extracurricular activity were studied from Pre-K to grade 8, dance education participation in middle schoolers was correlated with higher GPAs than in non-participants. (Source)
Social Skills: An assessment of preschool children participating in a creative movement and dance education program determined that after eight weeks of classes, participants showed significant social gains over non-participants. (Source)