Why dance is important for primary school children

Dance can be enjoyed by anyone of any ability or age, which makes it accessible to a wide range of people. No skills are actually required to dance which is why it can be enjoyed from a very young age. This makes it perfect for even the youngest to enjoy the benefits of dance. As there are many different varieties of dance it can appeal to everyone, and the diversity keeps it interesting. Young children can have great fun with dance and appreciate the range of benefits that is boasts.

What is the importance of dance in primary schools?

Social enjoyment

Dance is something that can be enjoyed by all, and can be great fun for children. At this important stage in life children are forming relationships and are gaining acceptance from others. Dance allows children to be social in a relaxed and fun way which can bring togetherness and create friendships. This is important for learning and boosting self-esteem in children, all of which makes a difference to academic success. Enhancing socialization with children is beneficial for health and happiness. This can also deter children from being singled out, as dance can be enjoyed by all.

Dance provides exercise

Everyone needs a healthy amount of exercise to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. This is particularly true for children that are still growing and developing. In a world where hi-tech gadgets, electronics and media are prominent, it is vital to use fun forms of exercise, and dance offers just that. Dance is a great way to get some all-important exercise in an enjoyable way, and as such, children don’t regard it as exercise. This enables children of all ages to get some exercise. Getting the body moving to the music is all that is required.

Self-esteem and confidence

Children are at a delicate stage where self-esteem and confidence need to be instilled. These traits are not inherent and are important for success and empowerment. Self-esteem and confidence are also needed for good health and well-being. In addition, it can negate negative and unwanted behaviors in children. Dance is a great way to boost self-esteem levels, as the participant doesn’t need to have great moves to have a great time. Dance is a free act which can be tangible. Confidence is improved, as children enjoy the freedom of dance.

Positive energy

Children have boundless amounts energy, and at times this energy needs to be released. Dance allows children to release energy in a positive and healthy way. As well as releasing energy, children are rewarded with a sense of euphoria. The happiness that is gained from the power of exercise is empowering. Dance is also energizing and rejuvenating, as even though children seem to be constantly on-the-go, energy can burn out. Children keep going; however, tiredness can cause unwanted behaviors.

Listening and concentration skills

Both of these skills are essential for school children. Dancing promotes good listening skills as children listen to the music and instructions of the moves that are given. Concentration levels are increased as focus is on the movements. This is a good way to encourage good listening and concentration skills in children. As the focus is on the fun, the educational aspect isn’t even considered. Promoting good listening and concentration skills in such a way gets better results.

There are so many different styles of dance to be enjoyed with a diverse selection of music to dance to. With the many different dance genres you can have all kinds of fun with young children. Dance allows children to understand how to move in different ways and how to listen to the music. Taking part in dance encourages socialization which is important for children.