Dancing is something that comes naturally to everyone. Yes, plenty of people say they can’t dance. But, in its basic form is simply moving your body to music. The real issue is whether you can dance well or not. This leads to a debate regarding nature versus nurture.
However, when you’re dealing with children this isn’t generally an issue. Children are usually happy to dance and don’t worry about how good they look compared to others. It’s the pressure to perform that brings attention to style and causes children to lose confidence n dancing.
That’s a shame as pre-school dance lessons can be a great way of boosting the social and emotional skills of any child.
Dancing involves mixing with other people. At times you’ll need to partner with others, sometimes it’s necessary to dance alone, and at other times you need to be in a big group. All of these situations put children together with other children. This encourages them to talk to each other and builds social contacts.
When children have friends they will be more eager to attend the dance class. You’ll also find they are more likely to have the confidence to speak to new people and make new friends.
In short, dancing encourages children to be sociable and open to new opportunities.
The Emotional Development
Emotional development is important for children. It encourages them to understand their own emotions and deal with them. However, children need guidance in developing their emotions and dancing is a great way to do this.
When they are taught to dance they will have to deal with success and failure. It’s not always easy to learn a specific routine! Children will also need to develop self-discipline. If they want to learn to dance they’ll need to listen in the class and practice at home. This teaches them a valuable lesson about dedication and perseverance.
Of course, dancing is also very expressive building their ability to express themselves in a different and socially acceptable way.
The beauty of learning to dance is that it’s a universal language. Dancing transcends all barriers, allowing children, and even adults, to communicate with others and learn about other cultures. It doesn’t just encourage acceptance, it also broadens your child’s horizons.
One of the most important skills any child can develop is confidence in themselves. Confidence usually develops when children are successful at doing something. This starts by learning simple dance steps and improves as the children learn more complicated dance. Although they may not mention it, the ability to learn new dance moves and for you to be amazed is very inspiring to them.
Don’t forget that dancing is actually fun. While it can help your child to develop socially and emotionally, it is also an excellent way for them to have some fun. That’s important for children and adults and something that many adults could learn from children.