The dance industry was not considered a ‘decent’ profession by many middle-class families even 20 years ago. But with increasing awareness on the many benefits of dance, and the popularity of dance-based movies like the ‘Step Up’ series and ‘ABCD’, parents are opening up to the possibility that dance can actually make people healthier, sharper and fitter.
While the Indian culture and heritage has always celebrated and appreciated dance, the progress in the acceptability of dance as a career in recent times has truly been exceptional.
Dance is now much more than just a co-curricular activity to note down in your CV or school achievements.
India Today Education spoke to one of India’s most popular choreographers Shiamak Davar who gave us details on the many ways dance can be a great addition to the lives of young students.
Apart from helping children opening up, it can boost their physical and mental health.
Most importantly, it helps children interact with others in a positive manner and grow team-building and communication skills.
Here are 7 reasons listed by Shiamak Davar on why dancing can be a brilliant addition for the development of children:
1. Helps children express themselves
Dance is a great hobby and art form where students can learn, enjoy and work out at the same time. Parents observe a world of a difference in their children.
Dance not only gives them a free space to express themselves but also helps improve their motor movements and brings about positive behavioural changes.
2. Improves overall fitness
On a physical level, dance helps improve overall fitness, endurance, a greater range of motion muscle toning and strengthening. It involves cardiovascular/ aerobic fitness, core and strength training, and stretches for flexibility. Different styles of dance are also different forms of work out.
3. Boosts mental health and psychology
Psychological health and maturity are achieved through dance which gives the students an opportunity to express themselves through creative movement.
It fosters social interaction, cooperation, and team spirit. Children get to discover their inner talent, their gift and develop it.
4. Develops soft skills like confidence and teamwork
Students are taught the various aspects of musical theatre and stage performance at the dance classes held at Shiamak Davar Institute. They are empowered with technical knowledge, spatial awareness and performance guidelines.
The complete performing arts experience helps students overcome stage fright, become more confident, learn to work in teams and feel a great sense of achievement.
5. Provides a healthier alternative to mobile games
In times where kids are constantly on their mobile devices, dance is a great hobby where they learn, enjoy and work out at the same time.
Each class at the Shiamak Davar Institute targets towards skillful progression to improve fitness levels, confidence, focus, concentration, team spirit, positive thinking, discipline, all-round development, posture and body language.
6. Helps vent out emotions
Dance is a great way to release energy, shed inhibitions and vent out emotions. When you dance you sweat, and you release ‘feel good’ endorphins that make you happy.
It helps children de-stress and explore a creative art form in a healthy, positive environment.
7. Cultures positivity and works on the spirit
The atmosphere is extremely positive where no one is judged. Dance works on the mind, body and the spirit making them more aware. Not only do they learn a new art form, but it also improves their confidence, focus and overall personality. This then also has a positive impact on their studies.