Why Dance Group Performances are Good for Kids
Dancing is in itself good for the physical health. In addition, dancing can also lead to improved mental functioning and general and psychological wellbeing.
For instance, ballet focuses on strength, technique and flexibility (which can help in your child’s physical development). Jazz dance is also good because the movements include kicks, leaps and turns that perfectly accompany the beat of the music. Learning how to dance can also encourage physical activity (and positively associate it with something fun). In other words, kids will learn early on that it feels good to be physically active (they can carry this throughout their lives).
Why dance group performances are good for kids
It even gets better if your child is involved in a Performance Group. Aside from getting the usual physical and mental benefits from dancing, kids will also be able to improve their social skills, balance and spatial awareness.
Performing in a group has an added benefit of being able to interact and coordinate with peers. This is a huge opportunity for kids to learn early on the value and fun in working in groups. After all, in the real world (and even in formal schooling) important and big things happen through smooth collaboration and being able to work smoothly with other people.
Dance group performances also allow students to get exposed to different environments. They get a chance to perform during festivals and school events. Although solo dancers also get their opportunities, Performance Group students may have a wider reach.
In addition, performing in a group allows kids to establish potentially long-term bonds. Strong friendships often get built among people through regular companionship (e.g. regular dance practice and lessons) and involvement in common goals (e.g. getting to perform in big festivals). Early learning centres (with equal focus in academics and play-based learning) also provide similar opportunities. But in learning how to dance (especially in group performances) the social interactions can be more fun and dynamic.
Dance group performances also allow kids to participate in competitions. This provides a single common goal to students which is to give their best and win the contest. This then creates a stronger bond among the students because they have a common goal and the setting encourages collaboration and coordination. These are valuable to apply in the real world because major accomplishments are often done by a group or alliances.
Learning, collaboration and fun are our priorities here at Dance on Q. Learning the craft itself has physical, mental and social benefits. But another focus we have here is how the lessons learned can carry over throughout the child’s development years and beyond. Whether your child decides to pursue dancing as a career or not, he or she will surely get something that can last a lifetime (e.g. friendships, learning how to collaborate, discipline, improved social skills).
Contact us here today at Dance on Q if you want to learn more about our approach. We have qualified instructors (who have commercial and theatrical experience) and excellent facilities that can fully support your child’s interest in dancing or make each lesson a delightful experience.