Dance is an activity that children and adults alike can benefit from but is definitely something that has a significantly positive impact on children as they continue to develop, learn, and grow. While regular dance practice can help your child physically by increasing their stamina, flexibility, range of motion, and physical strength, it also helps them on a more cognitive level as well.
Dancing is a highly social activity which helps children refine their social skills while also enabling them to learn how to better communicate with others, learn the meaning of teamwork, and even develop a better sense of trust and cooperation with others.
Dance and Early Development
Children begin to understand how movement can be used as a valid response to an idea or problem at a very young age. This cognitive development helps the child create more awareness and teaches them how to function in life. Movement gives the child another outlet for expression as they continue to develop their communication skills.
Dance and Communication
Dance is a way for people to communicate different messages, and the same is true for children. With choreography, children are strengthening their cognitive abilities as well as their memory skills because they are learning a dance and remembering the steps. They are gaining greater sensory awareness while learning how to participate in nonverbal communication.
Learning body language while developing new skills and gaining a greater understanding of teamwork are all ways to teach a child better ways to communicate and interact with others. They are developing skills that can help them in a group situation and teaches them not only how to talk to others, but also how to listen, lead, and be patient with others.
When a child enhances their social skills, they are essentially learning better ways to communicate, and dance helps with this. Dance requires a certain level of skill, discipline, and focus, and these are characteristics they are sharing with others in their group. They are learning how to form relationships with their peers while also improving their self-esteem and confidence around others.
Dance as Communication
People learn to dance to express themselves rather impress others. It is also a way to express one's self without having to rely just on verbal communication. Body language can effectively express emotion and thoughts and allows us to tell a story in a different way.
For children, dance is an outlet for their creativity and energy and teaches them that there is more than one way to communicate with others. Dance is a universal language that allows children to connect with others while inspiring positive emotions and wellbeing.
With dance, our children are learning how to communicate better while connecting to the music, expressing what they need to express without having to know the right words, and they are focusing on the movements and communication that have the power to free their mind and enhance the relationships and bonds they form with their peers.