Movement is very natural in Children. They move to achieve mobility, they move to express a thought or feeling, they move because they can! When these movements are co-ordinated and performed for its own sake, it becomes Dance!
The benefits of Dance in Children is incredible.
The one benefit we are all aware of and completely relate to is the Physical Exercise. The obvious physical benefit of Dance is that is a fun source of exercise. Use dance as a means to burn off that excess energy in your toddler. Dancing is definitely going to help work on your child’s muscle skills, gross motor skills and coordination and balance of the body.
An important benefit of Dancing that is usually overlooked is socialisation. Kids gain confidence in interacting and with other children and adults. Children learn to exchange ideas and participate in a group where they must interact respectfully with others.
Have a Mommy Daddy and Baby Dance Party at home from time to time. Children love music and love to move to music even more! There can be no better way to have that special moment with your child where you are moving and grooving and jumping and laughing together at home.
Thinking seriously about this bit? Take a look at DANCE, because YOU CAN by Candy Cane Club. It is a great opportunity to explore dancing with your child if you haven’t yet. Your child will also be thrilled to be in a video showcase with other children from across the country grooving to the same tune, dancing the same moves.
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Self-expression is the expression of one’s own personality, feelings, or ideas and dancing can be a great way to explore self expression for children. By encouraging your child to dance you will be encouraging them to express themselves creatively. What is important though is, to not watch your child constantly or create a competitive environment and rather allow your child to make mistakes and learn from them. Dancing can help a child understand their own body language as well as other’s. Dancing can help children express more complex emotions.
Can dancing help improve language skills??! Recent studies have shown that dancing while learning a new language can help our brain to retain more information. Children learn movement patterns as readily as they learn language. For a child, language and movement are entwined. Learning a new language and dance can go hand in hand for children and adults alike!
So, whether your child is great at dancing or not make sure you are making dance a part of your life in some form or the other.