The ’hidden’ benefits of dancing

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Carole Levy

There’s more than dance that each child is taught. Well-run classes, tailored for all ages, deliver many other corollary benefits – such as these:

1. Social skills:

Many dance schools work towards a yearly performance or show. For a group routine to look its best, children must work together and co-operate.

For children who lack social skills, dance classes teach teamwork, develop trust and co-operation between performers, and help youngsters become confident and make new friends. Dance can also help overcome the fear of performing in front of an audience.

2. Educational benefits:

Dancing takes practice, discipline and focus – skills needed in all aspects of life.

Some dance schools have yearly exams, with children required to work through a syllabus and practise hard for months before demonstrating their skills to examiners.

Dance exams can also help students with the discipline needed for their school tests.

3. Physical health:

Dancing is a highly physical pursuit, and can increase stamina, strength and flexibility.

It can also improve co-ordination and balance, correct poor posture and increase cardiovascular health.

There’s a plethora of good dance schools around, so if your little boy or girl loves their music and raps, wriggles or rocks to it, getting them into a dance class can only be a good thing. And you never know – your child might be the next Big Talent…

Carole Levy

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