Studies on children involved in creative dance for children show that these children have better academic learning ability, experience faster mental development, and have better social skills than their peers. Their physical health is also significantly better.
Better Personal Development
Children in creative dancing develop self-confidence and self-esteem. These children feel comfortable with their bodies and have more positive body image. These children perform better at school and they have longer attention spans and concentrate better and have stronger self-discipline. They are able to cope better when faced with common challenges in life.
Parents of children in creative dance report less truancy as compared to non-dancing peers. Children are able to express ideas, thoughts, opinions and emotions in a better fashion.
Studies have shown that cognitive development is stimulated by movement. Getting involved in dance improves the children’s capacity to learn. It improves the children’s memory, motor skills, sensory integration, eye tracking and proprioception. These children are also seen to pick up language skills faster and have clearer thinking processes.
In a study titled Effects of Pretend Imagery on Learning Dance in Preschool Children, 4 groups of children were exposed to different learning techniques. Some were taught using traditional methods while others were taught using imagery and creative play. Children that were taught using image and creative play were able to learn faster. They also showed better participation in learning as well as learning skills in a shorter time.
Creative dancing is a good cardiovascular exercise. Children doing it have better muscle development and strength. The bones are stronger and denser which lowers the risk of fractures. Dance improves balance and coordination as the children learn to handle their body weight in different postures. They develop better spatial awareness. Studies have also shown that children between the ages of two and seven develop better movement skills by engaging in dance.
A dance class brings together children of different backgrounds. They can mingle, interact and make friends. These relationships are often long term. The children develop better leadership and communication skills. The dancing lessons help children develop better listening skills. It is also a place for building the children’s sense of respect for the others. These children develop better problem-solving skills that are useful in other areas of life, like studies.
The dancing class is a place of fun. The children listen to music and dance in a relaxed atmosphere. The dancing lessons are fun for the children as they learn to express themselves through music and dance.