Benefits of teaching dance to children

As Martha Graham says, “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” Children naturally love dancing. It comes easily to them as does language. They sway to rhythm and move along with music, tap their little feet with joy. Dance with all its aesthetic beauty is a form of stimulus for these young minds.

The early years of life are the years when the brain is at its best to capture information for life. The more you can stimulate one’s brain during the early stages of life, the more it gets exercised and the more are the chances of it developing and getting sharper. Dance plays a great role in this. It helps in enhancing a child’s all round development.

Building a healthy body and mind

Most of us know dance is a form of exercise. You can sow the seeds of a healthy life by exposing your child to dance at an early age. Dance strengthens the body muscles and as it involves the movement of the entire body it a best form of exercise. It can help develop endurance in the long run.

A child’s body is much flexible than an adult. Dance further boosts this flexibility and if pursued since childhood the body remains flexible all throughout as one grows older. There are many postures that are not possible to master at later stages in life as our flexibility reduces with age. A child who learns tough body postures at an early age has an advantage over others and can continue such postures even at later stages of life with practice.

Dance teaches a child balance and coordination. These are two very important factors in the growth of a child. They learn to control their body better. At the same time, it helps them have control over their mind too.

Dance is a language

Dance is a form of self expression. It is a beautiful way to express ones emotions and feelings. It unleashes a child’s creativity thereby stimulating both the right and the left brain. This is an essential part of growing up. A child’s thinking and imaginative skills are enhanced hereby.

Dance movements require a child to use all parts of the body. They learn about opposite sides, moving from left to right, picking up speed and then slowing down. All these movements and the constant play of music and rhythm help in their cognitive development.  This further stimulates the brain and increases its concentration and patience. The various hand movements are a way to enhance motor skills in children.

It is a platform to make your child more social. They learn to interact with other children and learn to play as a team. At the same time they learn the need for personal space and learn to wait patiently as they wait for their turn.

Dance can mold your child

Dance requires a lot of discipline and hard work. From an early age a child therefore learns these important values of life. It further channels a child’s energy in a positive direction. It brings in more happiness and fun into a child’s happy world and continues showering joy as they grow older.

Dance is a great medium to develop a good body posture and a good body language especially when one is into classical dance. Performing in front of a crowd at an early age helps break stage fear. It further boosts one’s confidence helping one in every sphere of life.

When there is a lot of competition all around, learning dance at an early age also opens up a career path for future. If at a later stage of life one opts to take it up as a career it can be of great help.

So let your child shake a leg, flow with the ebb and tide of music and walk through the path of happiness and growth.