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  • Writer's pictureLindsey St Onge

Dance has the power to combat some of the challenges kids face today.

Why did Movement Exchange choose dance as the art form to share with communities across the globe? Experiencing and creating any type of art supports a variety of benefits. However, dance imparticular creates an environment that fills many of the gaps we see in education today. Kids have less recess time than they used to, limited accessibility to art and creative expression, and are under more social and emotional stress than before. Dance has the power to combat these very real challenges that children are faced with today.

1. Physical Fitness and Coordination:

Dance education is an engaging way to stay physically fit. It enhances flexibility, strength, balance, and cardiovascular endurance. Dancers develop exceptional coordination as they learn to control their bodies in various ways, helping them in everyday activities and sports.

2. Confidence and Self-Esteem:

Participating in dance classes nurtures self-confidence and self-esteem. As students acquire new skills and showcase their abilities through performances, they gain a sense of accomplishment and pride in their achievements.

4. Self-Expression and Accessibility:

Dance is a unique medium for self-expression. Through movement, students can convey emotions and stories that words alone cannot capture. Dance education encourages creativity, allowing individuals to explore and express their feelings freely. It is also an easily accessible art form, the requirements are the ability to move in any way and having space, even if it’s limited.

5. Stress Reduction and Emotional Well-Being:

Dance is an excellent stress reliever. The physical activity releases endorphins, which reduce stress and improve mood. Engaging in dance can also serve as an emotional outlet, helping individuals process and manage their emotions.

Dance education goes far beyond learning steps; it nurtures the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of students.

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