The benefits of dance

At the School of Dance and Music we want to instill our passion and love of dance into all of our students. Every person can learn from dancing. Not everyone will perform dramatic leaps in a corps de ballet or to shuffle off to Buffalo with the Rockettes, but every person (regardless of age, gender or physical ability) deserves the opportunity to dance. Our main goal for our dancers is to enhance their enthusiasm for dance. However, there are a range of benefits for all ages in attending a regular dance class.

Health and Fitness

Through dance classes, we gain improved physical fitness, and with technology creating more sedentary activities for all (including children as young as toddler age), it is our responsibility to help ensure kids get the exercise they need. We’ve all heard that obesity is increasing and we know the risks that come along with that. It is so important to develop and maintains a routine that incorporates regular fitness.

Dance:

  • Enhances poise and grace 
  • Improves balance, coordination and agility
  • Increases body awareness, kinesthetic comfort and ease 
  • Improves alignment, flexibility and neurological patterning
  • Develops ability to move with bodily control, co-ordination, flexibility and balance
  • Develops spatial awareness
  • Helps develop and improve manipulative skills (especially when dancing with props)
  • Allows us to experience a range of gross motor movements and fine motor movements
  • Keeps us physically and mentally healthy

Teamwork and social skills

Dance classes develop teamwork and social skills. Classes encourage participation and group interaction and provide opportunities to lead, share and respond to others. Dancing as part of a class or group is a very special experience. You learn to move as part of a whole, in sync with one another. In our classes students are encouraged to work together and help and support one another. Being part of a dance class bonds you with a group in a unique way. 

Education

Dance provides an essential educational experience. Academically speaking, in a session of creative dance for preschoolers, your child can be exposed to most of the basic academic bases they’ll climb to in their primary education. But they’ll tackle these new ideas not through tests and standards, but through fun, playful and engaging activities. Dance teaches children to follow directions, learn new vocabulary, gain rhythmic skills, and so much more. For adults dance is incredibly good at keeping our minds agile – most classes will challenge you to learn a series of steps as part of choreography requiring your brain to make fast responsive decisions.

Dance:

  • Improves attention span
  • Teaches arts appreciation
  • Enhances linguistic and aural (listening) skills
  • Develops a creative spark in individuals and groups
  • Aids in an initial understanding of academics such as maths, reading, spelling and science
  • Approaches ‘classroom skills’ necessary for school experiences, such as taking turns, following directions, listening, sharing and communicating needs and feelings

Cognitive and emotional development

Through dance, students not only flex their muscles as they gain strength and endurance, they challenge themselves emotionally and cognitively as well. There is a sense of pride and self-accomplishment that comes with understanding and mastering movements. 

Dance:

  • Promotes greater self-esteem and autonomy
  • Creates a positive self image
  • Increases confidence
  • Builds self-esteem
  • Builds a range of transferable skills