The general benefits of dance for all ages are well documented – improving your health through physical exercise, gaining confidence, and building strength – among many others. For children in particular, hip hop dance can play a vital role in physical and cognitive development. According to Occupational Therapist Michelle Verster, hip hop dance helps children develop a number of skills:
Motor Planning Skills: Children do this by observing what the instructor is doing and then imitating his/her movements. These skills are necessary for being able to organize one’s self in the classroom environment and at one’s desk.
Midline Crossing and Bilateral Integration Skills: These skills are necessary for the development of hand dominance and being able to use both sides of the body together in a coordinated manner e.g. cutting accurately with scissors.
Development of Balance and Co-ordination: Dance incorporates movements on all planes of motion and from all directions, conditioning all muscles and improving balance.
Body Awareness: Children learn awareness of the different parts of their body in relation to moving to music or a beat, helping those who may appear clumsy or awkward in their movements.
Spatial awareness: The children need to plan where they are going to stand in order to not bump or knock their fellow dancers while dancing.
The benefits of dance encompass all areas of health in a fun environment where children and adults can express themselves. At Motion Dance we aim to provide a comfortable space for children to grow in these areas, and join a new dance family while doing it. Enroll your child today to witness these results for yourself!