There are many reasons why parents choose dance as their way to help their kids develop life skills. The benefits of dance are plentiful, from developing social skills to respect and discipline. If you’re looking for a great way to help your child learn important life skills, here are some of the benefits of using dance classes for their development.

Social Interaction

Learning how to communicate and collaborate with others is a vital part of growing up. Children’s dance classes teach children how to work as part of a team or with a partner. They will learn about respecting boundaries, encouraging and supporting each other, and problem solving. They may also make some friends through their time in our classes!

Discipline

Sometimes there are things we must do that we don’t want to, even if they are things we enjoy. Reaping the benefits of dance takes discipline, which means doing things we are required to do even when we don’t feel like it. Stretching, warmups, practicing, and learning are all things that dancers must do to develop. Our classes teach kids how to develop discipline, and this skill can help them in other areas of life such as academics and when doing chores.

Encourages Creativity

Your child, although part of a family and part of a dance group, has his or her own unique traits and strengths. Dance lessons allows students to create routines and add their unique flare to their moves, to help them express their creativity and individuality. While other parts of their life might seem more rigid, dance classes will help them enjoy their personal freedom, which will give them a better balance in life.

Taking Turns

Knowing to wait until it is your turn is an important skill that everyone uses in life. Dance classes help young kids develop this skill as they take turns going across the floor, sharing information with their teacher, freestyling, or doing solo moves. The earlier a child can understand and respect this rule, the sooner they will know how to interact with others in a respectful way.

Spatial Awareness

From the first few dance classes, your child will learn about spatial awareness. Teachers may use dots, colours, or shapes to keep the students standing in a certain area, so they can dance and move without accidentally bumping into the other classmates. It also teaches children not to play with props or move them, so they stay in a formation. Teaching kids to be aware of their space and the personal “bubbles” of others is an important skill that will help them avoid conflicts at school, on the playground, and as they interact with loved ones.

Listening

Dance classes require careful attention to the teacher so students can learn the techniques and theory behind each move. This means students must listen and watch more than they speak. The more a dancer can listen, the better they can stay on beat and develop their musical talent. Good listening skills will also help your child be successful in school and help them have better communication with others.

Emotional Development

Learning to express ourselves and deal with failure and disappointment in a healthy way shows emotional development. When your child experiences challenges as they dance, they will learn how to express themselves in a healthy, safe way, and learn how to overcome those feelings of failure and try again. Dance gives children the freedom to express and channel their emotions into movements in a safe environment, and the support they get from our teachers will increase their confidence and self-esteem.

Respect

A huge concept of dance classes is showing respect for others. Students are taught to respect each other’s space, take turns, listen, show support for each other, share, and more. Dancers are encouraged to give each other compliments, and mocking or put downs are never tolerated. Our experienced teachers create an environment that feels comfortable and loving, so each dancer’s confidence can be built.

Improves Physical Health

One of the best ways to get your child off the couch and exercising is to sign them up for dance classes. Dance is a great way to improve physical health. It targets all the muscles of the body, and can increase their flexibility, stamina, range of motion, and physical strength. It promotes their overall health and supports them as they pursue other activities and sports at school and recreationally.

Dressing to Impress

Dress codes in dance help students focus so they aren’t constantly wiping their hair out of their faces or fidgeting with their clothes. As they learn to dress appropriately at a young age, they will evoke a sense of organization, cleanliness, and structure. Making a good impression and being appealing to others is possible when we take care of ourselves, and that’s what our teachers help students to learn.

How Performing Dance Arts Can Help Your Child Develop Life Skills

If you’re looking for a fun way to help your child develop important skills that will give them a great future, dance classes are a great option. At Performing Dance Arts, we provide students with extraordinary instructors that are certified and trained to teach your child how to dance and how to work well as part of a team. Our teachers will nurture your child’s social and emotional development and maturity, so they can do well in other areas of their life. Our studio inspires creativity and our instructors will motivate your child to dance with passion, creativity, and excitement.

Let your child experience the joys of dance by contacting us today. We will provide you with all the information you need to know about our programs, and what your child will need to bring to their first class. Or, you can visit one of our Toronto dance studios to see our facilities for yourself!