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Incredible Benefits of Dance for Kids

Children love to dance!

Creativity and self-expression are vital to your child’s well-being, and dancing is a fun way to get your child to be active. Dancing has so many pros, from physical fitness to boosting confidence and creativity.

Dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:

  • improved condition of your heart and lungs

  • increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness

  • improved muscle tone and strength

  • weight management

  • stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis

  • better coordination, agility and flexibility

  • improved balance and spatial awareness

  • increased physical confidence

  • improved mental functioning

  • improved general and psychological well being

  • greater self-confidence and self-esteem

  • better social skills.

Your child does not have to become a master dancer, your child can dance for fun.

At Fantasy Dance Studio dance classes can be taken just for fun.

If your child takes up dance as an academic, competitive or career-based skill, it will not mean that they will dedicate their life to dance either. It is no difference from any other compulsory subject at school. It is much the same as teaching science, even if they are not destined to pursue a scientific career. Art is innately valuable and should be just as important as other social, scientific or practical subjects.


There are too many advantages and benefits of dancing that cannot be ignored:

  • Muscles pumping and pulse thumping! ❤️

The heart-pumping health benefits of dance are right in line with the Department of Health and Human Services’ physical activity guidelines Trusted Source for adults and kids. Dance is more than just an art, it requires muscular endurance, which can improve your cardiovascular system. According to one study that looked at overweight and obese elementary school children, dance lowered the risk for cardiovascular disease significantly. But these benefits are not just for kids! According to the Mayo Clinic, an adult resting heart rate is approximately 60 to 100 beats per minute, but this pace increases when you dance. A faster heart rate pumps more blood to the lungs to gather oxygen for transport to tissues in your body. This can keep the heart well-conditioned and reduced your risk of developing high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

  • Dancing will keep you fit! 💃 🕺

Dancing is a highly physical activity, and kids who take dance lessons regularly should expect to see a significant improvement in their overall physical health. Regular dance practice can increase your child's flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina. The repetitive movements involved in dance can improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, increase balance and coordination and improve overall cardiovascular health. Dancing is an aerobic form of exercise. For children who are overweight, it can potentially help them to lose weight and improve their eating habits.

  • Dancing will stretch your brain! 🧠

Remembering dance steps and focusing on rhythm is great exercise for your brain. Sometimes, when you get older, the part of your brain that controls learning and memory shrinks. Research shows that physical activity, such as dancing, may help stop it.

  • Dancing Helps Combat Dizziness! 🥴

A spotting technique helps dancers float across the floor like their dance shoes are not touching the ground. Round and round they go, so why don't they get dizzy?

Vertigo or dizzy is caused by the sensory organ in the inner ear known as the vestibular system. The canals of the inner ear are filled with fluid that moves in response to gravity and movement of head position. When dancers spin around then suddenly stop the fluid continues to flow for a couple minutes causing vertigo. There must be something a dancer can do to counter this reaction. Dancers learn a technique known as spotting. When a dancer is spotting, they keep their head in the same position for as long as possible. Then they quickly rotate it around, back to the same position. Sounds simple enough, and it is once you master the basic technique. Once you learn it you will find many dances not nearly as difficult as before. If you have balance issues, rewiring your brain with dance lessons could help, even at the beginner level.

  • Dancing Decreases the Risk of Dementia! 🤓

A study led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City found that dancing influences mental acuity and reduces the risk of dementia. Some findings of the studies were:

~ Reading – 35% reduced risk of dementia

~ Bicycling and swimming – 0% reduced risk of dementia

~ Doing crossword puzzles – 47% reduced risk of dementia

~ Playing golf – 0% reduced risk of dementia

~ Dancing frequently – 76% reduced risk of dementia

People who dance regularly have greater cognitive reserves and an increased complexity of neuronal synapses, explained neurologist Dr. Robert Katzman. Dancing lowered the risk of dementia by improving these neural qualities. Dancing may cause the brain to continually rewire its neural pathways and by doing so help with neuroplasticity.

  • Dance makes you more intelligent! 🧐

Intelligent? When the brain evaluates various reasonable responses and deliberately chooses one response, the process is considered to be intelligent.

To put it simply, the essence of intelligence is making decisions. Dancing is an example of a fast-paced activity that demands speedy decision making. It requires instant responses to questions like Which way to turn? What speed to move your body? Dancing is an excellent way to maintain and enhance your intelligence.

  • Dance will help you with grades! A+

Dance is based on routine. Your child will learn to be on time, to stick to their commitments, and to practice. Dance can build your child’s focus, concentration, memory, and pattern recognition. There are other life skills that are taught too, like following instructions, cooperation, and preparation. They concentrate better and score higher on academic skills tests - especially in reading and math. They will also learn to be dedicated, and will take on a “work hard, play hard” attitude. It can even teach problem solving and innovation. Once your child is comfortable enough to experiment, they will probably start choreographing their own pieces.

  • Dance will shake off stress! 😢

Dancing releases endorphins, the chemicals in brain that help to feel good. Endorphins can help chase away feelings of depression and anxiety. Everyone needs something they can pour their feelings into. Dance serves as a vent for your child’s emotional needs. Dancing is cathartic. It can greatly regulate your child’s behavior as well as their feelings. It can improve child’s self-awareness. If they have something to be proud of, they will love themselves more. This could even be an important method of fighting bullying, and trauma. Dancing also teaches empathy, which has the potential to reduce these problems even more.

  • Dancing will make you social! 🗣

Learning to socialize with others from a young age is a vital part of a child’s cognitive development. Dance lessons can help children to learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation and make new friends. If your child is shy, enrolling her/him in dance can encourage to reach out to other children and help to reduce anxiety about new people or places. Dance can also help to alleviate fears related to performing in front of an audience. The ability to express emotion comfortably in front of others shows mental maturity and learning to do so through movement and dance provides a safe gateway for young children to explore.


If these are the kinds of benefits you want for your child, you can sign him/her up for dance lessons at Fantasy Dance Studio! Please contact us by phone at 650 965-4135 or via email at

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