Dancing has many benefits for our health at any age. It doesn’t matter if you are young or in your golden years, regardless of the age at which you dance, your body will thank you for it.
Professionals agree that dancing helps children’s physical and mental development, so why shouldn’t we introduce this healthy habit from early childhood?
Here you’ll find ten reasons why dancing from an early age is one of the best after-school activities children can do to grow into healthy, happy adults.
1. Children develop body consciousness
Children tend to move to the rhythm of music naturally since they are babies. When they dance from an early age, they also learn to know their body, to differentiate between their arms and legs and to move them independently and rhythmically to the music.
2. They exercise both cerebral hemispheres
When dancing, children’s brains, just like adults’ brains, put both cerebral hemispheres to work. By having to concentrate and pay attention to their teacher’s cues they are helping their brain to mature and create new neuronal connections, which end up building new neural pathways.
3. Boots their self-esteem and confidence
Dancing is not only a fantastic way to release tension, but it also helps to improve children’s self-esteem and confidence. With each step they learn, they become more confident in their abilities and boost their self-image.
4. They learn to work as a team
Although in the first dance classes for children, the pre-dance classes (from 3 to 5 years old), the work with the youngest children is done individually, as they grow up, the children’s dance classes incorporate group choreographies in which the work of everyone is important. Therefore, children learn to coordinate with each other and to work as a team so that the choreography comes out well.
5. They learn about limits and perseverance
Dancing is a discipline that requires perseverance and responsibility. When we dance as children, we have to follow the guidelines indicated by our teacher, who becomes the authority figure that they must listen to. From their hand, children learn values such as respect and the importance of perseverance and of continuing to practise in order to get every step right.
6. They become more creative
When children dance, they let all their creativity flow and express all those feelings and ideas that they have inside them with their body and movement. Children’s dance classes will give them the keys to see dance as the artistic discipline that it actually is.
7. They improve their balance and coordination
Dancing makes them feel free and, indirectly, helps them to develop their sense of balance and improve their coordination as if they were playing a game. Moreover, depending on the style of dance, they will also be much more flexible, which will help prevent future muscle injuries.
8. Helps their muscles to develop
It is also important to highlight the benefits that dancing brings to children’s muscles. Dancing helps the muscles develop progressively and equally, both in the upper body (arms, trunk, etc.) and in the lower body (legs, buttocks, calves…). Dancing will help them to develop healthy and strong muscles, so they will be less prone to muscle injuries.
9. Improves body posture and reduces back pain
Taking dance classes helps to improve children’s body posture, strengthens their lumbar muscles and corrects possible spinal deviations. Important changes that will also help them to have less back pain in the future.
10. They develop empathy and social skills
Nor can we forget that dancing teaches them to interact with other people and to connect with each other’ s emotions. These are social skills based on respect that they can also apply outside their children’s dance classes.