Dance forms an important part of the physical Education and sports programme delivered by our on-site Sports Co-Ordinator.
Our multipurpose indoor hall has the equipment required to explore music and movement and start to explore the early stage foundations involved in dance.
From a very young age, children respond to music with movement, and although dance comes naturally to little people, there are some great reasons to encourage it in your child’s early years.
1. Dance promotes healthy physical development
The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) says that, ‘Dance involves a greater range of motion, coordination, strength and endurance than most other physical activities.’ And though babies respond to music by smiling, swaying, and clapping, the toddler years are when children start to bob up and down, move from side-to-side, turn in circles and start using their arms when they hear music.
From there, children experiment with more complicated choreography, and because dance uses your child’s whole body, it provides opportunities to develop:
- Spatial awareness
- Muscle strength
- Aerobic fitness
- Kinaesthetic memory (how muscles remember movements)
2. Dance supports your child's cognitive development
When it comes to children in the Early Years, the ABC says that ‘Preschoolers learn about meaning, story and emotion through dance and music,’ and according to the NDEO, learning dance in early childhood helps youngsters:
Gain sensory awareness
Solve movement problems
See different perspectives
Communicate (both before and after they can speak)
Better understand the world
3. Dance promotes emotional maturity
Dance also has a positive effect on your child’s psychology and emotional development. It feels good to move to music, and dancing gives your child a chance to chance to express
As well as being a mood-enhancer, dance is also a great way for your child to:
- Gain self-confidence
- Build self-esteem
- Feel motivated
- Generally, improve their wellbeing
4. Dance raises social awareness
Dance brings people together and encourages social interaction and cooperation.
It often involves teamwork, patience and listening, so is a great way for your child to practice essential life skills and think about themselves in relation to their peers. Dance provides opportunities for children to support one another and learn the art of social awareness.
The current activities on offer are outlined below and are delivered on different days throughout the week to provide all children with an opportunity to explore these.