To dance is to give oneself up to the rhythms of life, our heartbeat and human pulsations. Dance is a song of the body, an expression of oneself and beyond oneself.
Dance has many benefits in the early developmental stages of a child’s life which will set the foundation for life skills needed in this pressurized world we live in today.
Before the age of 7 years – children need to have a multitude of whole body sensory experiences in order to develop strong bodies and minds.
Dance and especially BALLET helps develop these senses.
- Children have to pay attention, therefore discipline, concentration and listening skills are reinforced.
- The co-ordination of their bodies helps develop their motor and cognitive skills.
- Self-confidence is improved, through encouragement in class and later performing onstage.
- The awareness of correct posture is taught and the benefits of this training is evident in the general health and wellbeing of the dancers.
- Music is an integral part of dance and we are told that this is a form of nutrition for the brain. When combining music and dance, the whole body and mind is being stimulated.
- Physical exercise means more oxygen is getting to the brain and healthy ‘feel good’ hormones are released, creating happier children.
- Dance enhances creativity and imagination and can be a welcome respite from the stresses of everyday life.
- With children who may have learning difficulties, it assists them mentally and physiologically – improving their capacity to access learning.
- Dance is hard work and through perseverance and determination children learn the value of “not giving up” and it teaches them the concept of ‘practice makes perfect’.
DANCE is a wonderful forum for establishing creative expression, sound discipline and healthy physical fitness and core strength so often lacking in young children today!
“The small child at dancing class may never become a professional dancer – but the courtesies and disciplines, as well as the joy in movement, will touch her/him forever”
[Helen Thomson b 1943]
Jacqui Weddell Dance Studio (ARAD AIDT)
Contact: 082 823 8821