When I was little, my two older sisters took dance lessons. I waited and waited for my turn, and then when I turned four (when I had expected to start), my parents decided to cut back on activities. I never did get to take dance lessons – or gymnastics, which I had also waited to start. I had extra time to play, and I did end up taking a few dance classes in college. I wasn’t particularly good at dancing, but I really enjoyed the classes.
I always thought that I would sign my kids up for dance, and I have taken all of my kids to trial classes. So far, we haven’t found a program that is a good fit, but my kids still dance – just like I did as a kid. Dancing is a wonderful activity for all ages, and I think there are a lot of benefits of dancing for kids! Classes can be expensive, and schedules are not always family-friendly, but you don’t have to be learning technique to enjoy dancing!
Benefits of Dancing for Kids
Here are a few ways in which I think dancing is great for kids –whether or not they are learning dance techniques:
- Physical activity. Dancing is a great way to get kids moving indoors – you don’t need a large space or any special props!
- Rhythm. Dancing to music helps kids develop their sense of rhythm.
- Creativity. Dancing – especially freestyle dance – is a great way for kids to develop creative self-expression.
- Emotional Intelligence. Music conveys a lot of emotions, and dance can be a wonderful way for kids to safely explore a range of emotions.
- Fun! Dancing is a great way to have fun together! My kids think it is awesome when Mike and I dance with them, even though we are both pretty terrible dancers. Actually, I think that the goofy aspect of our dancing makes them enjoy it even more!
Lily and Anna spend a lot of times dancing with their dolls (Lily’s doll was actually mine when I was little). My kids LOVE to dance with play silks – so if you are looking to encourage a little dancer, that’s a great way to go! I am still hoping to find a dance program that Lily and Anna will enjoy since they would love a class, but in the meantime we will be listening to a lot of music and improvising our own moves.
Do your kids dance? Did you as a kid?