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The Benefits of Dance for children

Children move naturally. They move to achieve mobility, they move to express a

thought or feeling, and they move because it is joyful and feels wonderful.

Physical Development

Dance involves a greater range of motion, coordination, strength and endurance

than most other physical activities. This is accomplished through

movement patterns that teach coordination and kinesthetic memory. Dancing

utilizes the entire body and is an excellent form of exercise for total body fitness.

Young children are naturally active, but dance offers an avenue to expand

movement possibilities and skills.

Emotional Maturity

Dance promotes psychological health and maturity. Children enjoy the

opportunity to express their emotions and become aware of themselves and

others through creative movement. A pre-school child enters a dance class or

classroom with a history of emotional experiences. Movement within a class

offers a structured outlet for physical release while gaining awareness and

appreciation of oneself and others.

Social Awareness

Dance fosters social encounter, interaction, and cooperation. Children learn to

communicate ideas to others through the real and immediate mode of body

movement. Children quickly learn to work within a group dynamic. As the

ongoing and sometimes challenging process of cooperation evolves, children

learn to understand themselves in relation to others.

Cognitive Development

Young children will create movement spontaneously when presented with

movement ideas or problems that can be solved with a movement response.

Movement provides the cognitive loop between the idea, problem, or intent and

the outcome or solution. This teaches an infant, child and, ultimately, adult to

function in and understand the world. The relationship of movement to intellectual

development and education is an embryonic field of study that has only recently

begun to be explored.

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