Why Preschool is a Good Time to Learn How to Dance
Early childhood and preschool years are the periods when kids undergo rapid brain and physical development. These are the crucial formative years that can benefit the kids when they reach their teenage years and beyond. It’s the perfect time to gain early advantages that they can carry for the rest of their lives.
It’s especially the case when it comes to dancing. We as parents and adults have already realised that learning new skills is now a struggle. Good thing is that our kids can easily pick up new skills. Millions of neural connections might be forming each day as our kids are getting exposed to new environments and new experiences. Aside from this good and rapid brain development, the child’s early years are also great periods to learn practice and discipline (especially in learning ballet and complex and coordinated movements).
Development of a child’s brain architecture
The brain architecture is actually comprised of billions of connections between individual neurons. Although neuroscientists have built useful models to describe how our brain works, we’re actually far off from truly understanding what exactly the organ between our ears does each second. One thing is for sure though, the early years are a good time to establish neural connections (and later on the unused connections are getting pruned out for better brain efficiency).
Literacy and numerical foundations are important during those early years. However, we also have to consider other aspects of learning and development during the child’s preschool years. After all, this is the period where we have to prepare our kids for formal schooling and beyond. This preparation actually goes beyond academics because we also have to think about our children’s physical, social and emotional development.
Learning how to dance requires practiced and coordinated movements which help kids with their physical development. When it comes to social and emotional development, the supportive and friendly environment of the dance studio can take care of that. Kids are able to interact with peers and make friends. Also, local and overseas performance opportunities can expose kids to new environments (which can also help expand their horizons). This exposure is very helpful in the children’s social and emotional development because early on they are able to interact with different people and explore new and exciting environments.
That’s what we do here at Dance on Q because we offer local and overseas dance performance opportunities for preschool students. This is a great preparation for formal schooling and beyond because our professional instruction goes beyond learning how to dance. We also allow students to make friends, build discipline and explore new possibilities and environments. Enquire today and explore our dance classes and facilities.