Imagine your child running out of class with a massive smile on their face. They twirl, jump and skip all the way to the car and sing songs all the way home. Their joy is infectious, their confidence is growing and all because you enrolled them in dance class giving them a magical gift that will last the a last time. Whether your little one is a natural groover or a little more timid, dance is one of the most important elements in a young child's development. Not to mention it's a whole lot of fun!
So let's dive into '5 reasons to get your pre schooler to dance class'.
1. IMPROVES MOTOR SKILLS & COORDINATION
We all know that dance is a great way to keep fit. Children that learn to dance will develop muscle control, flexibility, co ordination and stamina from a young age and this will establish strong motor skills leading to a life long positive connection to exercise. The physical capabilities young children will develop in dance class will also assist them as they start to experiment with different sports and other physical activities.
2. HELPS EXPRESS EMOTIONS
Dance encourages children to express themselves through their movement. When children are given the freedom to explore joy, happiness and excitement in a safe and judgement free environment, they will develop self confidence and the emotional maturity to express themselves in other areas of their life. This is particularly helpful when they reach "big kid" school.
3. INCREASED SOCIAL SKILLS
Dance is a very social activity. In dance class children are encouraged to work as part of a team which teaches coorperation and trust building. In dance class, children will have to wait in line, follow the leader, share and encourage their friends. All skills which teach patience and positive interactions with other children. Children often develop life long friendships through dance class not to mention the parents who often find their tribe!
4. FEEDS THEIR CREATIVITY
We all know that dance feeds a child's creativity and in this day and age, the ability to be creative is more important than ever. Due to the rise of the digital era, children are spending more time in front of screens than they are playing and developing their creativity. Creativity is not just about the arts, it is used in decision making and lateral thinking. In dance class children will use their imagination to create scenarios which feed their creativity, a skill that will last a life time.
5. ENHANCE COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
I am yet to meet a dancer that does not have strong cognitive skills. Listening to music and encouraging students to find the rhythm, remembering a step or combination from week to week, paying attention to detail and following direction are all elements you will find in a dance class. These are all vital skills that will help develop a child's cognitive skills.
So there you have it! The list could definately go on!
WHY CHOOSE THE BASE PERFORMING ARTS?
At The Base Performing Arts we offer the award winning pre school program - Ready Set Dance. This magical pre schooler program is a performing arts syllabus designed specifically for preschoolers. It has been developed using the knowledge of some of Sydney’s leading dance experts with fundamentals in child development.
To learn how you can can give your pre schooler the gift of dance click here to take advantage of our free trial classes.