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What are the Benefits of Dance for Young Children?


There are countless reasons why dance lessons for young children are so valuable to their growth. Young children who dance develop balance, control and coordination. Through dance, children develop enhanced sensory awareness, cognition, and consciousness.


  • Enhances Cognitive Development- Movement aids in sensorial and brain development by strengthening both the prefrontal cortex (which is involved in executive functioning) and the hippocampus (which plays a key role in memory and learning). Cross-lateral coordination builds the bridge between the right and left hemispheres of the brain, allowing for electrical impulses and information to pass freely between the two, which is essential for physical coordination as well as cerebral activities, such as language, reading, and hand-to-eye coordination

  • Nurtures Social Skills- Moving together, sharing space and giving way to others all help to develop a child’s social skills.

  • Cultivates Emotional Skills- Dance is a powerful medium to build emotional intelligence because it cultivates appropriate facial and bodily expressions.

  • Strengthens Motor Skills and Development- Through dance, muscles are being developed, bones are being strengthened, and gross motor and fine motor skills are being sharpened. Motor skills development is especially important in a child’s early years from 0 to 6 years old.

  • Grows Aesthetic and Creative Expression- It gives them the chance to discover their body, spatial awareness, and to learn how emotions, thoughts and ideas can be expressed through music and movements.

  • Builds Creativity and Imagination- A creative movement class calls upon students to pretend. This enhances their imagination and language.

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