Philosophy

Why does Gateway believe in dance?

Dance is indeed a great option for exercise, but there are other educational and social benefits too.

Engaging in dance at an early age allows children to attain a greater range of movement and coordination. Through repeated dance and movement, children develop their kinaesthetic memory which will help them in their studies and every day activities. Dance also improves strength and endurance from an early age, which is necessary for a child’s physical development and level of fitness.

Physical Health Benefits of Dance for Young Children

  • Improved condition of heart and lungs
  • Increased muscular strength, endurance and aerobic fitness
  • Better coordination
  • Better agility
  • Better flexibility
  • Healthy blood pressure
  • Improved overall balance
  • Improved spatial awareness
  • Constructive use of excess energy

The benefits of dance extend to social and educational benefits too. They include bettering you child’s social interactions, improved imagination, ability to explore and express emotions through the storytelling of dance as well as learning to be vulnerable and overcoming fears. As dance is conducted in big groups children learn how to adapt and communicate with people of different cultures and backgrounds. Relationships are formed and the ability to trust is imparted. Understanding the dynamics of teamwork is impressed upon children at a young age. They must learn to listen, take instructions, be patient and practice cooperation.

Social, Interpersonal and Educational Benefits of Dance for Young Children

  • Increased overall physical confidence
  • Improved general and psychological wellbeing
  • Greater self-confidence
  • Greater self-esteem
  • Greater self-motivation
  • Mentally “braver”
  • Improved mental dexterity
  • Better social skills
  • Perseverance
  • Teaches discipline

Confidence - Studies have proven that self-confidence in children who study dance can improve up to 80% through prolonged training. Confidence and bravery is a life-skill that directly improves through dance.

Body Language – It’s important for young children to understand that communication happens both verbally and non-verbally. Interpretation is a way of life. Dance will teach a child how to express physically more complex emotions and how to read and react when someone else is physically emoting.

Becoming a dancer - Some children have a natural flair for dance. Dance classes will identify their skill and progress their talent. Dancing is a lucrative career for many!

Dance grooms leaders.