Why You Should Encourage Your Child to Learn To Dance

Role of Dance in the Overall Development of Children

Dance is an art form that is pre verbal. It is innate in each child even before they possess the command over any language. This art form naturally evokes in them when thoughts or emotions are too powerful for words to contain. Children feel very joyful and wonderful while they move because they try to express their feelings and thoughts through their movements.

When this natural process is consciously structured and is performed with awareness, it becomes dance.

Benefits of Learning Dance

Dance has got many physical as well as emotional and social benefits. The physical benefits of dance are widely accepted. But the emotional and social attributes have started to be appreciated recently.

  • Like most other physical activities dance involves a range of motion, coordination, strength and endurance.
  • Dance offers an avenue to expand movement possibilities and skills.
  • Children quickly learn to interact and work as a group which helps them to adjust with everything.
  • Children learn to understand themselves by comparing with others.
  • Dancing boosts a child's self esteem and makes them feel good and help them gain confidence in their own abilities.
  • Memorization of steps is very essential in dance which improves their overall memory.
  • By learning the art of dance your child can develop knowledge, skill, and understanding about the world.
  • Enhanced sensory awareness, cognition, and consciousness are developed through dance.
  • Dance plays an important role in improving balance, posture and coordination.
  • Children can have higher expressive skills through dance.

Learning to dance promotes a positive self image and helps to build self-esteem and confidence within a child. You can make your child a better person because they’ll be happier with themselves while learning this art.

Indian classical Dance
Indian classical Dance

Popular Forms of Dance

Selecting a particular dance form is quite confusing these days, as there are so much of choices. Every dance form is equally effective, beneficial and provides the ways in which one can gain a healthy life. Dancing help us in many ways. The only thing is you have to decide which dance form suits your child the best. The following list of some of the more popular forms of dance will help you make a correct decision by understanding what to expect from each.


It is a technical, challenging and beautiful dance form that has evolved with Italian, Russian and French influences and is also considered to be an excellent foundation for many other dance forms. Children can start learning this dance form from the age of three in a fun and recreation manner. As dancers improve it becomes more challenging and demanding. As we all expect from different dance forms, ballet is a wonderful way for children to learn specific moves, gain strength, improve flexibility and stay fit. It teaches children how to stand and walk with grace and it also encourages discipline in body and mind. These qualities will be of great benefit to them in future.


It is a dance form that evolved in America in the 19th century. It was named so for the tapping sound made by the dancer’s shoes on the stage. Children can get involved in this fun and exciting form of dance as early as three years old. It becomes more rigorous and demanding as they grow and improve. This dance form provides an energetic and fantastic way to keep fit. Even the basic steps are capable enough to provide a real sense of accomplishment. This is the best way for children to learn timing, balance and rhythm.


Jazz is a creative form of dance that would be the best option for children with great imagination. Jazz classes can be started from the age of five. This form of dance is much looser than ballet. Turns, leaps, kicks and fluid style are some of the basic techniques that have to be mastered in this dance. Yet it may be a combination of fast hip hop movements with traditional jazz steps. Even though some of the moves can be complicated and kids may get frustrated it can set to a variety of fun.

Hip hop

This dance form emerged in America in 1970s. It’s a way of keeping fit through dance. It’s free and exciting, improvisational and full of energy. The uniqueness in this dance form is the use of elements such as body popping, locking, waving and totting. A child can easily get involved in this dance even though some steps may be quite challenging.

What Type of Dance Would You Choose?

It has been recently explored that there is a relationship of movement to intellectual development and education. Hence this powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child should not be neglected in our educational systems. It is sure to provide children with developmental benefits and unique learning opportunities that come from organizing movement into the aesthetic experience of dance.

You’ll feel great after you make your child learn dance, knowing that you’re teaching him/her a skill that will last a lifetime while increasing his/her vitality and attractiveness.Usually children learn dance as easily as they learn a new language. Hence it’s the responsibility of parents to encourage their child in dance at a very young age.

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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Thank you, Kevin Peter, for answering my question with a hub. I certainly hope that parents will feel more encourage to enroll their children in dancing classes.

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Kevin Peter 3 years ago from Global Citizen Author

Hi kallini2010,

Thanks to find time to write a comment on my hub.

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