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Involving your children in the arts, especially at a young age, can have a wide variety of benefits. All of the arts are incredible for physical, mental, and social growth but dance is one of the best ways to help your child grow in all of these aspects. There are an exponential number of connections that are formed when you learn to integrate discipline, music, and movement all together. At Mercury Academy of Dance, we offer a wide variety of dance classes, performance opportunities, and more to the children of Centennial, Colorado. Learn more about some of the benefits that dance can bring to your child.

Split Concentration

This can also be called divided attention, which is a vital aspect of dance. When you’re dancing, you have to use all aspects of your body, while also listening to music and making sure you’re hitting certain counts. This can help your mind focus on multiple things and you use both sides of the brain, the analytical side and the creative side. This may sound intimidating at first, but once you become adept at using split concentration, you’ll find that your multitasking abilities in the outside world will also greatly improve. 

 

Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain that is able to form and recognize synaptic connections, specifically in response to learning or experiencing or following injury. Basically neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change, form, and function specifically when it is stimulated by some type of activity. Dancing, and almost every art form, changes your brain in the best way. Studies have shown that music has been able to stimulate the brain in a different way than most other activities do. When you hear and move to a new piece of music, you begin to form new synaptic connections, which helps prime your brain on other forms of communication. So in addition to mastering a new routine, you are also improving your memory, attention, speech, language, spatial and math skills, and your ability to convey emotions. 

 

Improved Academic Success 

Children who have engaged in the arts, especially at a young age, have done better in school in general and spatial cognitive development than students who did not engage in the arts. As we mentioned earlier, the split concentration and neuroplasticity that performing arts can bring are also greatly seen in academic performance for children. It’s even been seen that children who study the arts for two years or more can remember 20% more advanced vocabulary words than their peers.  

 

Improved Physical Health

Dancing regularly is not only an incredible form of physical activity but, it can help sharpen your fine motor skills, improve dexterity, and hand-eye coordination. Music has also been seen as a stress reliever, and can help reduce heart and respiratory rates, cardiac complications, can lower blood pressure, and even help boost the immune response.

 

While these are just a few of the benefits that dance can bring, there are also so many more. Dancing is something that will help impact your child’s life forever. Learn more about the various classes we offer and connect with us today to enroll!