Movement and dance activities improve coordination and balance.
Music listening activities develop self-discipline, as well as critical and creative thinking skills
While sports develop coordination, discipline and team spirit, it doesn't utilize both sides of the brain that a child needs for over all development and learning skills. Sports do not quite translate into the classroom like music and dance.
Music plus activity not only develops coordination, discipline and team spirit, it makes academic learning easier, enhances reasoning skills, good speech patterns and develops a well rounded, confident person. Plus it gives the sports athlete a competitive edge!
In our fiercely competitive society, we have put unbelievable pressures on our children to win and achieve. Many succumb to the pressure and don't achieve even if they are capable. Hence, we have many children with low self-esteem that seeps into every aspect of their life, physical and emotional. Through our dance programs, children are expected to do their best, and their best is good enough. Our dance program, which is non-competitive and starts at age 3, is more of a classroom setting with just teachers and students.
There is a wonderful performance at the end of the year that teaches the students how to work hard towards a goal, to finish their objective, and gives the child great confidence in a job well done. The learning environment is one of great fun but also of discipline and respect.
For our older dance students, we have a performing troupe, the North Arkansas Dance Theatre, that performs throughout the school year exposing the dancer to different public arenas, teaching them poise, compassion, adaptability and public relation skills (and you thought that dancing was just to keep in shape!). Dance develops a life long love of music, dance and learning because we teach that learning is FUN and REWARDING! Isn't that what we all want for our children?