With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it seems fitting to talk about the importance of children learning how to connect better, socially and emotionally. So what’s a fun, easy way for them to improve their social skills? Two words: just dance! Studies show dance lessons and extracurricular activities are a great way to cultivate a child’s social and emotional growth. At an early age, it’s vital for kids to learn how to share, cooperate and show empathy toward others. Here’s why dance class can help boost their social development:
- Kids Develop a Better Sense of Space
“Okay, everybody spread out and remember to stay in your spot!” From toddlers to teens, dance instructors are constantly teaching their students about spatial awareness. Dance class enables children to learn how respect the personal boundaries of others.
- Express Yourself
Dance teachers encourage their students to mimic their movements, which gives them the opportunity to express themselves in a free, creative way. Instead of verbalizing a thought, kids learn how to express emotions through the facial expressions and dance movements.
- Let’s Play
Outside of dance class, kids go from learning how to play by themselves to learning how to socialize with others. This also occurs in dance class when they’re required to take turns and get along with a wide variety of personalities.
Creative extracurricular activities such as dance can increase your child’s self-confidence and self-esteem, encourage positive behavior, even help them perform better in school. With all these positives, what’s not to love?