The benefits of dance
The Benefits of Dance
At the School of Dance and Music we want to instil our passion and love of dance into all of our students. Our main goal for our dancers is to enhance their enthusiasm for dance, every person (regardless of age, gender or physical ability) deserves the opportunity to dance.
Dance provides an essential educational experience. Through dance classes, we all gain improved physical fitness, and with technology creating more sedentary activities for everyone from children as young as toddler age, it is more important than ever to ensure we all get the exercise we need. Dance enhances poise and grace, improves balance, co-ordination and agility, increases body awareness, kinaesthetic comfort and ease, improves alignment, flexibility and neurological patterning, and develops spatial awareness.
Dance classes develop teamwork and social skills, providing opportunities to lead, share and respond to others. Academically speaking, in a session of creative dance for pre-schoolers, your child can be exposed to most of the basic academic bases they’ll climb to in their primary education. They’ll tackle these new ideas not through tests and standards, but through fun, playful and engaging activities. Dance teaches children to listen, take turns, follow directions, and learn new vocabulary. Dance enhances linguistic and aural skills and improves attention span and memory.
Becoming a skilled dancer requires practice, discipline and focus, skills that are vital in every area of life. It is our aim to provide our students with these skills, along with the tools to appreciate, enjoy and participate in dance for a lifetime
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Promotes greater self-esteem and autonomy
- Creates a positive self image
- Increases confidence
- Builds self-esteem
- Builds a range of transferable skills