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Benefits of Dancing Toddlers

Updated on July 30, 2014
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To us it may be the cutest thing ever. A dancing toddler, barely able to keep themselves up, grooving to the beat of the music. But, dancing is actually extremely beneficial to toddlers. It is beneficial physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Physical Benefits of Dancing

Not only is dancing great exercise to keep your toddler fit, but dancing is physically beneficial in other ways too.

If your toddlers dance on a regular basis, the physical benefits of dancing are tremendous. Dancing can help improve flexibility and range of motion. When your children are older, being flexible can greatly improve their health.

Dancing can also improve posture, balance, and coordination. Especially for toddlers who toddle, this can be a big help.

Dancing helps keep the weight off while allowing the children to feel like they aren't even exercising. It allows your toddler to improve their stamina and strength so proper development can ensue.

Dancing also helps toddlers improve their gross motor skills. Exercising, such as dancing, to help improve their gross motor skills are very important to proper toddler development. Gross motor skills are important to a toddler because they will learn about their body and what they can do with it.

Mental Benefits of Dancing

If you're a toddler, listening to music can greatly impact the way their brain works. Toddlers who listen to music and dance are more likely to think more creatively. Also, since dancing requires discipline (if you are taking lessons) it has been shown that children who take lessons excel academically.

Music has many different tones to it. They have sad music, happy music, angry music, and more. Toddlers who dance with the emotions of the music tend to take it outside of dancing. They are more aware of how they should act during a situation. For example, if someone is sad, they'll become aware that the person is sad and respond accordingly.

Dancing can also improve vocabulary of your toddler. If your child takes dance lessons, they learn new dance positions and dance moves. Every dance move has a name and they will learn what words are associated with what move.

Emotional Benefits of Dancing

Because dancing is all about being comfortable with your body, dancing increases confidence and self esteem. As a toddler, they may not know the difference with being confident or not, but getting them comfortable with their bodies early will save you later.

Dancing is also a great bonding experience. It could be bonding between parents and toddler or between other people in a dance class. This can be a social experience and help your toddler gain social skills.

Dancing encourages children to express themselves. Toddlers who dance are more expressive about the way they feel and will show you accordingly. Dancing is all about showing your emotion so they'll learn the proper and healthy ways to express how they feel without getting violent or innapropriate.

So as you see, dancing is more than just a cute thing your toddlers do whenever there is music playing. Dancing greatly improves their way of life. Not only that, I learn choreographed dances and my daughter ends up learning them with me. Toddlers are sponges so you can teach them these cute dances and it'd be a great way to show off your toddler's moves.

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