When dancing together, children quickly learn to work within the group dynamic. Movement becomes the road to communication, fostering both social interaction and cooperation. As parents/caregivers, you know that children love to move their bodies! Structured dance allows for this form of expression while also giving the opportunity for children to learn how they understand themselves in relation to others.
LEARN AT HOME! The next time your child has a playdate, be sure to include some dancing music to turn your playdate into a dance party. Join in on the fun yourself for some exercise and a quick energy burst!
— to focus, attend, and concentrate.
— to read their environment more carefully.
— to increase their ability to note and reproduce specific movements accurately.
These activities also subtly reinforce the wonderful lesson that perseverance can lead to improvement and increased success.
Movements that cross the body’s mid-line (an imaginary line as if drawn straight from your nose to the ground) activate growth and strengthen the corpus callosum. The corpus callosum is the nerve pathway between the two brain hemispheres of the cerebrum. Movement also helps to build the capacities that allow full sensory access from both sides of the body.
Communication between the hemispheres allows the development of skills such as reading, which uses both sides of the brain. The left hemisphere is used to sound out the word and analyze thought while the right hemisphere remembers sight words and visualizes what the author is saying.