The physical benefits of dance are undeniable, from better cardiovascular health to improved flexibility and muscular strength, but there’s some very surprising bonuses to time spent in dance education.
It’s dance’s time to shine, as International Dance Day takes place on April 29th. The event, now in its 39th year, acknowledges the positive impact of dance on both the individual and society. Though it is generally celebrated with a days-long gala, this year’s performances and speeches will be broadcast on the International Theatre Institute website in order to keep pandemic safety restrictions in place.
International Dance Day memorializes the creator of ballet in its modern form, Jean-Georges Noverre, taking place on the day of his birth. Around the world, ITI Centres will be broadcasting dance performances, supporting dance education initiatives, and participating in humanitarian efforts.
Adults and children alike are poised to benefit from dance, but kids can assess some remarkable developmental boosts worth learning about.
- Helps relieve anxiety: A meta-analysis of 14 studies on child and young adult engagement in recreational dance identified participation in dancing as a potential way for children to relieve feelings of anxiety and increase feelings of psychosocial well-being. 
- Improves school attendance: Within a sizable, ethnically diverse group of students whose extracurriculars and academics were tracked from preschool until eighth grade, middle school dance participation was linked to better overall school attendance. 
- Offers an outlet for emotions: An assessment of teenage and young adult women who regularly engaged in dance classes determined that 88% of participants felt their dance classes were helping them to express their emotions. 
To learn more about the positive impact dance can have on children, take a look at this infographic from Muddy Smiles. And head over for a complimentary online dance class with Sleek Ballet Fitness using code sleek100 on the class purchase page