As parents, we are constantly looking for ways to channel our children’s seemingly boundless energy. While team sports are a good way to get your kids physically active, they are not always best suited for younger children. Dance classes are a great alternative to team sports, as they incorporate all of the same benefits but are more individual focused which we know is an imperative part of early childhood.
Dancing is a highly physical activity, and kids who participate in dance classes can expect to see major improvements in their overall physical health. Regular dance practice can increase your child’s flexibility, range of motion, muscle strength and stamina. The repetitive movements involved in dance can correct poor posture, increase balance and coordination. Dancing is an aerobic form of exercise; therefore will also make vast improvements in cardiovascular health and circulation. Repeated aerobic and cardio exercise is has been a proven tool in fighting obesity for years. Dance classes for children who are overweight can potentially help them to lose weight and improve their eating habits.
In addition to being a physical activity, dancing is also a highly social activity. Research shows that dance lessons can help children improve their social and communication skills, learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation and make new friends. This kind of positive exposure early on in life has been proven to help to fight anxiety as an adult. Enrolling your child in dance lessons can encourage them to reach out to other children their age. Dance can also help to alleviate fears related to performing in front of an audience.
Last but certainly not least on our list benefits is confidence! In this day and age confidence is one the most important gifts you can give your child. As children adjust to the movements and postures required in dance, they begin to get a better sense of their bodies. As they become more comfortable in their own skin, their self-esteem will sky rocket. Dance lessons can encourage children to have a more positive attitude and explore their own self-expression. This can be particularly beneficial for children who are physically or mentally impaired or those who are attempting to deal with significant emotional problems.
If this list seems like something that would be beneficial to your family than look no further! We have an array of classes in different style and skill levels to best suit any child! Call today or check out our website for more details about how to get your child dancing straight to healthy and happy life!