Are you looking for a healthy activity that will improve your child’s scholastic performance, help him or her make friends, provided needed physical exercise, and boost self-esteem? If so, a dance class may be just what you need.
It’s common knowledge that dancing can be a great form of exercise. Most parents also know that putting children in an extracurricular class is a good way to help them make friends. Even so, dancing offers some amazing hidden benefits that are well worth highlighting.
Improved Scholastic Performance
Dance class students need to listen to a teacher and follow instructions to successfully learn new steps. Learning to listen carefully and follow instructions is a great skill that is sure to improve scholastic performance in just about any subject.
It takes time, effort, and hard work to learn dance moves, but the results are well worth it. Children can see the rewards for themselves as they perform in front of a mirror or take part in a show. As they see the great results of self-discipline, they’ll be motivated to discipline themselves throughout life.
Children learn a lot about their personality type as they dance. What’s more, they gain an avenue of self-expression that enables teachers and parents to get to know them better. As an added benefit, learning how to express oneself can also reduce stress and improve self-esteem.
Gaining Teamworking Skills
Many dance moves require cooperation with one or more fellow students. Dance classes help children learn how to work with people of different ages and walks of life to accomplish something beautiful together. Learning how to work well with others will serve children well, as good communication and teamwork skills are in high demand in the job market.
Dancing improves self-esteem in multiple ways. Children who successfully learn new moves gain confidence in their abilities. Increased flexibility and control over one’s body give a child a positive body image. Learning how to overcome shyness to perform on stage builds self-confidence.
At Sallie B. Howard, we understand the important role the performing arts plays in a well-rounded educational program. That’s why we offer a unique program that includes dance, drama, music, and visual arts for all K-8 students. What’s more, our graduates have access to prestigious programs such as Harlem Dance Theater. Get in touch with us to find out how we can help your children improve their skills and make their dreams come true.