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Kids who dance are smarter?

Updated: Feb 13

It’s important to encourage your child and find activities they enjoy. This way your child will not find the activity as a chore and they are more likely to stick at it. Our “Image Ballroom Dance Youth Program” is geared towards kids and youth ballroom dance students, and focuses on creative ways to incorporate exercise into our children’s everyday routine by giving them small homework task that they can perform at home to keep them active even on the days they are not at the dance studio.
Group Ballroom Dance Class For Kids

Kids who Ballroom dance are smarter

For the longest time we hear about ballroom dance and all the health benefits of it, usually as physical exercise.  Some articles will be taking it further and discus the health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction with its sense of well-being.

In this article we will be looking at ballroom dance from another angle and how frequent ballroom dancing makes kids smarter.

Because of our modern lifestyles and an increasing reliance on technology, we are less active nowadays, both as adults and as children. And we all know that inactive children are likely to become inactive adults, putting young people at risk of developing life-threatening conditions.
Kids at Ballroom Dance Competition

If you don’t use it you lose it.

When kids don’t exercise their brain , the cells die and synapses weaken. In one study by New England Journal of Medicine they researchers have tried to discover if there is any connection between physical or cognitive recreational activities and how they influence people mentaly .  The results of the discovery was really surprising to the scientists finding out that some activities had a significant beneficial effect and other activities had none. The researchers put to the test different activities such as reading, golfing, swimming and doing cross puzzles. They found out that dancing was the activity that surpassed all the others by improving cognitive skills by 76%. “Those who spent their lives trying different mental routes each time, creating a myriad of possible paths, still have several paths left. “

Dance is a highly social activity and dance lessons are a great place for kids to make new friends. With each class, children learn to improve their communication and social skills by interacting with other dancers in dance class and learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation, and build new friendships. In time, students learn how to cooperate and trust in one another. It’s not uncommon for children to create a lifelong relationships from dance. Dance friends are forever friends!
Youth Ballroom Dance Competition

So what is intelligence in ballroom dance?

Does an intelligent person knows it all and can answer any questions super fast? What is the essence of intelligence? The easiest way to look at it is making decisions fast rather than slow.  One recommendation, when it comes to improving kids mental acuity, is to engage them in activities which require split-second decision making, as opposed retracing the same well-worn thinking patterns, or just working on the physical appearance to improve posture or lose weight. How can we do a tricky isolation with our hips while also pulling off a perfect twist with our upper body and do the syncopated rhythm as we are partner dancing and performing the step to the audience? Dance is always asking us to do multiple things at once, making us great at making decisions fast.

When your child experiences the joy of dancing, he or she learns about expressing themselves in a way that’s beneficial to their physical and mental health. During ballroom dance lessons, a child gains a better understanding of their body and how it moves. Children with a background in dance are typically more comfortable about their body and have improved levels of self-confidence which creates an enhanced emotional development. It takes great courage and confidence to dance on stage in front of an audience, and dance helps encourage both of these wonderful qualities. Dance also helps foster a positive attitude. The instructors at Image Ballroom Dance Academy will help create an encouraging environment that helps turn each Ballroom Dance Lesson into a positive, constructive experience.
Image Ballroom Dance Youth Program

So should your son or daughter ballroom dance?

Imagine that, a fun activity with a wealth of health benefits that keeps your kid in shape, makes them feel good and makes them smarter. Ballroom dancing increases the way your brain functions in a positive way.

Contact Image Ballroom Dance Academy today and sign up for Ballroom Dance Classes.


Image Ballroom Dance Academy's instructors are passionate about dance and helping people learn how to enjoy partner dancing more. We offer ballroom dance lessons, wedding dance instruction and private dance parties. Dance styles we teach include Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba, Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango. Sign Up Today for your first dance class with us.

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