All parents hope their children will become well-rounded individuals with healthy self confidence. Wouldn't it be fantastic if just 30 minutes per week could help to improve your child from the inside out?
Just one half hour dance class per week can do that for your child.
Dance classes boost children’s self-confidence, help them improve communication skills, and give them a healthy way to express their feelings. It also encourages them to work with others and can help make new friend and develop relationships. Curious about how else dance classes can help expand your child’s confidence? Keep on reading to find out!
Dance classes promote collaboration as dancers learn new routines, combinations, and choreography. The engaging and active atmosphere provides young people with opportunities to build their social and teamwork skills as they make new friends. New dance steps, sequences, and body positions improve physical literacy, motor coordination, cognitive stimulation, memory, and spatial awareness. All of these are essential to other activities throughout their lives.
Many dance studios train students in preparation for performances and shows. For these events to be a great experience, students must work as a team and practice often. Dance provides a structure to develop teamwork and communications skills. Dancers learn the importance of every person in a production. Working together for a common goal is a bonding and relationship-building experience for all. The relationships forged in dance classes help build social skills, self-confidence, and self-worth.
At first, it may be challenging for students to master the technical elements of any style of dance, but with persistence, practice, and support from their teachers and peers they learn that they can succeed if they don’t give up. This builds a child’s confidence as they see how they improve in classes over time. Regular opportunities for them to look back at how far they have come gives them the resilience to tackle larger challenges in the future. Dance classes teach discipline, dedication, and practice, and that these skills are vital to success. When dancers see themselves succeed, they will be more confident to work hard towards the next step.
Certain hormones are known to help promote positive feelings, including happiness and pleasure. Dopamine, serotonin and endorphins all work together to help your body regulate mood, sleep, digestion, learning ability, memory, manage stress and generally feel good. These hormones are produced more by bodies that are physically active, engaged in joyful and positive activities and surrounded by friends. Listening to music alone has been shown to raise dopamine levels. With childhood stress and anxiety levels on the rise, music and dance can help alleviate these concerns and build healthy coping mechanisms. Dance also encourages them to express themselves in a healthy, physical way. The physical exercise aspect of dance also encourages positive hormones, which can stabilize moods and lead to a healthy lifestyle.
Slouching is often seen as a sign of low confidence, even if that isn’t what the person is actually feeling. The discipline and teaching of dance encourages proper stance and how to express physical grace, strength, and confidence. Dance teachers and coaches use imagery to help students learn how to hold their head up high, stand straight, and gracefully dance, which helps them feel more confident.
Dance classes can encourage a positive body image by teaching children to love their bodies and develop a healthy, active lifestyle from a young age. Dancers learn from early on that all bodies are unique and created differently and have their own special characteristics. Every dancer will have the opportunity to learn which special qualities make them stand out, and which qualities make them part of a team!
The small groups in a dance team or company create a health environment for children to make friends with like-minded individuals. Teachers work closely with students to make sure everyone is respected and treated fairly. The environment is positive as students learn how to work together and encourage each other’s success. This is a great place for children to build bonds and grow in confidence.
Dancing in front of parents can be daunting enough for anyone, but with gradual steps forward, dance students develop the ability to perform in front of a larger audience. This training and experience shows kids how to be courageous. It also teaches them about positive feedback as they perform in front of others and to be joyful when they hear cheering and applause. Dance helps students take pride in their hard work and give them confidence in their abilities.
The supportive environment of dance classes allows students to make mistakes and learn from them, and work with routines to develop skills and patterns. Dancing also involves the use of both sides of the brain: technique and artistry. Dance increases brain productivity and attention spans, which can help children do better in all areas of their life. Listening to music and feeling how it moves them help children think and express themselves in more creative and personalized ways.
At Ascension Dance, our caring, compassionate, and experienced teachers help your child improve their confidence levels and excel at something they enjoy. They will develop social skills, make new friends, keep their bodies healthy, learn how to work hard, and learn what it feels like to achieve their goals. At our Ascension Dance, children learn to express themselves in a healthy, positive way, in an environment that is safe and respectful. We are fully equipped to train students of all ages and abilities; all students are encouraged to learn at their own pace. To learn more about our dance programs and styles, and to sign up your child for classes, contact us, visit our website, or stop by the studio.