Why dance? “Dance helped me define myself; it helped me realize I was a beautiful person living in this concrete jungle called Bed-Stuy,” explains Smallwood. She used dance as an opportunity to block out the noise of the world and listen to her truth. Dance opens the mind to possibilities. Dance gives the mind and body access. Dance may not be everyone’s oxygen, but it certainly can help them find clarity in their own lives.
The greatest benefit of dance is that it sparks one’s imagination and nurtures individual creativity in a unique way. Dance classes share the joy of physical self-expression in a supportive and structured setting, having a positive impact on people who have limited physical abilities, who act out or who have a difficult time sitting still. Involving children in dance also teaches the basic elements of creative movement, such as time, rhythm and design.
Behavioral & Emotional Benefits
- Dance is a tool often used to block out the noise of the world.
- Dance is one of the oldest forms of communication. It’s therapeutic and provides individuals the opportunity to express oneself without the use of words.
- Dance nurtures important life skills, such as discipline and focus. Dancers naturally display confidence, self-esteem and poise.
- Taking dance classes develops social skills through interaction with other students.
- Learning choreography in groups fosters teamwork, communication, trust and co-operation.
- Dance teaches children to dream big and set goals.
- Dance has the power to heal.
- Dance stimulates the brain.
- Dancers develop a sense of balance and improve agility and coordination.
- Dancers develop body awareness and learn correct posture.
- Individuals build muscle strength while increasing flexibility.
- Studies have shown that physical activity helps people relieve stress and feel relaxed.
- It also is a great way to help your child develop a positive lifelong attitude about staying active and healthy.
Academic and Creative Benefits
- There is a strong link between involvement in the arts and increased educational achievement. In fact, one study showed that “students who participate in the arts are not only more likely to participate in a math and science fair, but also out-perform their peers in the SATs by 87 points” These educational benefits are gained by students regardless of their socio-economic status.
- Dance develops musical ability, timing and rhythm, helping one to coordinate sound with music.