Why Dance is the Best Exercise for Physical and Mental Health

While dancing is no doubt a fun activity, it is also greatly beneficial for developing children. At Mady’s Dance Factory we provide our students a comfortable and encouraging environment to express themselves and achieve the highest level of success.

 One of the greatest benefits of any dance class is creative expression. Long hours in a classroom and screen time limits a child’s ability to tap into their imagination.  Additionally, the CDC recommends a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity each day.  They break it down between aerobic activity, muscle and bone strengthening – all of which we cover in dance classes.

Mady Richmond Dance Four of the greatest benefits we’ve seen children at Mady’s Dance Factory gain are:

  1.  Physical Fitness.  Dancing is an awesome cardio exercise for kids and helps boost their heart health. All the dances we teach at the Factory, particularly ballet, jazz, hip hop, acro, and contemporary, are perfect opportunities to improve flexibility which aides in muscle growth. And, since our dancers often follow complex routines designed by Mady and our other instructors, hand-eye and overall body coordination develops strongly.
  1. Socialization.  In addition to the physical benefits, child dancers can also enjoy important mental benefits that will serve as great tools for them throughout their lives. Since our classes are filled with students of similar ages and interests, kids easily make friends. Practicing and performing in dance groups enables dancers to improve their skills in collaboration and teamwork.
  1. Self-Esteem.  Dance is also a great confidence booster. It can help many kids embrace healthy body confidence and acceptance. Since Mady’s Dance Factory is a performance-based dance studio, we train our dancers to perform in public venues and dancing competitions. With these experiences, students gain self-esteem and learn to overcome fears.
  1. Improved Grades.  In addition to improving coordination, dance routines build children’s memory.  We have seen numerous children at the Factory whose performance has improved in the classroom because they’re flexing their minds doing an activity they love – dancing.  Whether students are memorizing multiplication tables or complex algebraic algorithms, they’re using the same tools they would use to execute a hip hop routine.

Want to learn more about the benefits of dance?  Give us a call at Mady’s Dance Factory or consider signing up your child for dance class.  See you at the Factory!

This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Wow, it’s so interesting that dancing can help kids gain confidence and embrace a healthy body confidence and acceptance. I’m looking to take my niece to a dance studio for my sister-in-law and help her with a class and wanted to see how I could help. Thank you for the information about how dancing can help with gain self-esteem and learn to overcome fears.

  2. Thank you for sharing such an informative article about the benefits of dancing both in the physical and mental wellnesses among children. I definitely agree when you said that dancing increases children’s self-confidence, and what a better way to get it started during their formative years of their lives. This is about self-expression, getting to know yourself and how you move around in your environment, and more importantly sharing this with the people around you with your performance. I’m planning to enroll my timid daughter to dance classes when she reaches 5 (that’s two years from now) so I’ll start looking around for a dance studio where she can learn and be exposed with other children too to boost her self-esteem.

  3. Thank you for sharing such an informative article about the benefits of dancing both in the physical and mental wellness among children. I definitely agree when you said that dancing increases children’s self-confidence, and what a better way to get it started during their formative years of their lives. This is about self-expression, getting to know yourself and how you move around in your environment, and more importantly sharing this with the people around you with your performance. I’m planning to enroll my timid daughter to dance classes when she reaches 5 (that’s two years from now) so I’ll start looking around for a dance studio where she can learn and be exposed with other children too to boost her self-esteem.

  4. I really like how the first benefit that you mention is how dance programs can help kids have good heart health. We don’t often think of kids having problems with heart health, but it seems to me to be a real threat if left unchecked. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to health concerns.

  5. I have a daughter who I want to put into dance. I think dance really does help self-esteem. It’s not just about learning how to move your body. I grew up dancing. I mostly did dance company in junior high and high school. I miss the feeling of freedom you get when you dance to express yourself. That is exactly what I need in my life. I think I am going to look into adult classes.

  6. It’s awesome that this article talked about the benefits of dancing to our children. I found it interesting when you said that one of the greatest benefits of a dance class is a creative expression. And that it is also greatly beneficial for developing children. I will advise my daughter to allow her little princess to enroll in a dance class at an early age of 4 years old for this reason!

  7. I really like the idea that you can get improved grades through dance classes. It would be really useful to get an active kid more focused this way. My sister would love this since she was looking into ways to get her child more focused.

  8. My daughter is a bit shy but still loves to dance around the house. I think getting her in classes would really help with this as well as provide some exercise. I also like that you mentioned how it can boost confidence as well.

  9. I like how you mentioned that dance is a great confidence booster. I am going to look for a dance class that I can enroll myself in because I need more confidence! Contemporary dance has always looked interesting to me, so this is definitely something I will consider.

  10. It’s great to read this article about children and how it is beneficial for them to dance. My daughter wants to start doing a recreational activity, but other sports don’t interest her. A dance class would be perfect! She would love to discover this.

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