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Being a dancer is more than just rhythm & music.

When a young child signs up for a dance class, they aren’t just learning about movement and rhythmic steps. Becoming a dancer is a transformative journey that can impact the lives of young students.  From physical health, to mental well-being, the benefits of dancing will be felt far beyond the studio walls.

Let’s take a spin through some of the positive effects that can be experienced by a young individual engaged in dance education.

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1. Physical Fitness:

Dancing is obviously an excellent form of exercise, which can also promote overall physical health.  It benefits cardiovascular health, improves flexibility, and also builds muscular strength.  Being involved in dancing at any age, will improve endurance and stamina which also enhances a healthy, active lifestyle.

2. Discipline:

Learning and perfecting new dance routines requires discipline.  Young dancers will learn how to follow instructions, practice skills with repetition, and dedicate a part of their day to a single activity.  These attributes of a well-disciplined dancer, can be extended into the academic classroom, as well as into any new skill that a young student might pursue.

3. Self-Esteem Booster:

Being able to learn a dance routine and then perform it in front of an audience can boost confidence and self-esteem. Young dancers can gain a sense of accomplishment through overcoming the challenges that come with displaying your skills for others to view.  This can translate into a positive self-image that will resonate throughout the various aspects of a young person’s life.

4. Social Skills:

Dance is often a group activty with students of similar age, which promotes being part of a team.  Young students learn to work together toward a common goal, and support each other along the way.  These social skills are invaluable and will encourage positive relationships inside and out of the dance studio.

5. Expressive Outlet:

Dancing is one of the most powerful forms of self-expression.  It allows students to convey their emotions and creativity through movement.  This is a fantastic outlet for any who find it challenging to communicate verbally.  As a result, dancing as a form of expression can foster the emotional well-being and encourage growth.

Dancing can be life-changing for a young student.  It not only encourages physical health, but also the discipline, and self-awareness of a young dancer.  Dancers develop skills in social interactions, face personal challenges, and learn to express themselves, resulting in a well-rounded individual.  So, as Dua Lipa says, let’s ‘dance the night away’, because the positive impact you will experience is priceless.

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