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8 WAYS LINE DANCE CLASSES IMPROVE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE FOR KIDS & TEENS


1. Better Brain Function

Our brains are complex communication machines. A complicated network of nerves connects our brains to our bodies, memories, emotions and cognitive abilities. Dancing strengthens the brain by connecting its functions for physical movement, feeling and coordination.

This strength shows up in the classroom. Improved brain function means better concentration, problem-solving skills, memorization and retention. Studies show that students who are involved in the arts achieve higher SAT scores. Your child can dance their way to intelligence!

2. Better Focus

Does your child do one thing, get bored and move to another thing? Does it feel like you’re constantly battling their divided attention?

Dance is a focused activity. Students have to work hard to advance. After all, you can’t learn to do a triple cramp roll in tap without learning a basic cramp roll in tap. Students in our various classes are taught to continue working on moves and choreography to proficiency -- not until they’re bored. This dedication shows up in the classroom. When students come across challenging material, they will have the focus to master it.

3. Better Memorization Skills

Dancing requires a lot of memorization. Step 1 leads to Step 2, which ultimately leads to Steps 98, 99 and 100. Dancers must remember how their bodies should move, where they need to go, and in what order each step is performed. As students advance, these steps may be the building blocks for more advanced techniques.

Dance classes allow students to build their brain’s ability to quickly access stored information. This ability translates to the classroom, allowing students to more easily recall things from multiplication facts to important historical events to the entire periodic table of elements.

4. Better Attention To Details

Dancing requires a great amount of attention to detail. Not paying attention to detail leads to sloppy technique. Details matter when students wish to learn steps and continue to advance in their training.

The ability to focus on details transfers to the classroom. Students can more easily spot a spelling error in their English paper or catch a mistake in their math homework. Being detail-oriented means students perform better on exams and are more invested in the material they’re learning.

5. Better Behavior

Behavioral issues often lead to poor academic performance. Hyperactive students, for example, may find themselves in more trouble than other students. Dance lessons help children to refocus built-up energy while encouraging discipline and coordination. Dancing can also help calm children, which helps improve behavior.

6. Better School Attendance

Studies show that students involved in dance have a better-than-average attendance record. School attendance directly affects a student’s educational performance. Students with better attendance records perform better academically. After all, you can’t perform well in school without actually being there to take in lessons, access resources, build mentor relationships and find inspiration.

7. Better Teamwork

Dancing takes teamwork – sometimes even if you’re dancing solo. Everyone has to do their part for the choreography to work as intended. They learn to communicate with and help others so they can perform to the best of their ability.

Group academic projects are a great example of where teamwork shows up in the classroom. To get the best grade they can, students must communicate, support one another and realize their efforts affect the whole group.

8. Better Self-Esteem

Poor self-esteem hurts academic performance. Dancing helps students to be more confident in who they are. They develop the confidence and courage it takes to perform in front of an audience. High self-esteem helps students to believe in their abilities in the classroom, leading to better grades, happiness and personal fulfillment.

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