Dance is a popular and enjoyable form of exercise and with Strictly Come Dancing back on our screens it’s sure to encourage more people to take it up. Starting dance from a young age has lots of benefits and you never know, one day your child could become the next strictly star!
Check the line up of stars on the show this year – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49186435
From my personal experience, dancing from an early age has massively improved my confidence in various aspects of everyday life. As quite a shy girl growing up, I found the activity has given me a lot more confidence and created opportunities that may not have presented themselves otherwise. Confidence is not about luck or in the genes so through the use of safe psychological techniques, thought processes can be identified and changed. In a dance class, children could be encouraged to perform to others or create their own movements which can alter their thought process when they begin to feel good about what they are doing and therefore improving their confidence levels. It can physically refresh them and improve their mood. Especially in group dancing, it provides a social environment which can release stress and become a distraction from any worries. After school clubs are great for this as children are socialising with their peers in a controlled, fun environment.
Confidence can also be linked to communication. Two thirds of all communication are non-verbal which dancing can help to improve. This is an everyday life skill that young children should have the opportunity to develop to help them in the future.
There are added physical and health benefits to dancing such as balance, co-ordination, flexibility and technical ability. It is also an aerobic form of exercise which can potentially help to lose weight and improve eating habits to children who my need this. Most children will not realise they are even exercising when having fun dancing even though they are still gaining these added physical and health benefits.
Trained dancers are highly disciplined and teaching this from a young age can help with their focus and ability to listen. Whilst children may not be joining in dance classes to become a professional ballet dancer, the discipline they would receive can help in other aspects of life for example in a school class.
It’s important to note that dancing is for all, no matter what age, ability, gender, etc. Getting your children involved with dance can give them great opportunities whether it be in after school clubs or at a more competitive/ performative level.