We already know that dance education provides both children and adults with great exercise, a healthy hobby, and beneficial social structure. That's enough to celebrate on its own, but those positives are just the beginning -- science has demonstrated that our little ones are reaping cognitive, emotional, and academic gains from their time spent in motion.
A few of our favorites:
Higher GPA: A study of a sizable group of ethnically diverse students which tracked academic and extracurricular behaviors from preschool to middle school revealed that those who participated in dance education during middle school had a higher GPA than non-participant counterparts. 
Improved social ability: A review of a preschool group's participation in a two-month dance and creative movement program determined that students who participated in the program showed significant social gains compared to peers that didn't participate. 
Better self-discipline: One assessment of young women and teens participating in frequent dance education noted that 92% of participants self-reported gains to self-discipline as a result of their participation in dance classes. 
On another note:
People of all ages will be celebrating the art of dance on April 29th, which will mark the 39th annual International Art Day. The festival commemorates the birth of the father of modern ballet, Jean-Georges Noverre, and a city of celebration and gala ambassador are chosen to lead the event's festivities each year. As is the case with many events, 2020 and 2021's celebrations will eschew physical participation in favor of online streaming, with both dance performances and keynote speakers featured on the ITI website during and after the event.
Interested in watching this year's International Dance Day performances? Head over to the ITI website during or after the event for streaming footage. We hope to see you there.
It got me when you said that there have been findings that a group has been found to have a higher GPA because of participating in dance classes. With that in mind, I will make sure that my daughter would be attending one every weekend, even just one hour a week. It would also help her be physically fit while enhancing the cognitive skills that can help her be better in achieving the goals she might have in the future after studying.
5/26/2022 03:57:27 am
It's interesting to know that the social ability of a child can improve with dancing at a young age. As you said, it has been found that those kids have shown significant social gains after studying them. I should probably look for a dance studio that offers classes for kids, so my daughter will gain confidence after not being able to go out that much before due to the pandemic.
10/3/2022 02:11:52 pm
I had no idea that 88% of women and girls said that dancing helps them to express their feelings. I would really like to enroll my daughter in a tap class in the Spring. She loves dancing around the house, so I think she'd really like tapping.
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