benefits of dance classes for children at kathys dancenter clementon nj

Benefits of Dance

If you have kids, you may be wondering what is the best way to channel their seemingly boundless energy. While traditional team sports are a good way to get your kids physically active, they may not be right for younger children. Dance classes are a great alternative to team sports and, at Kathy’s Dancenter we offer lessons for children as young as two.

Improve Physical Health

Dancing is a highly physical activity, and kids who take regular dance lessons at Kathy’s Dancenter will see a significant improvement in their overall physical health. Regular dance practice can increase your child’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina. The repetitive movements involved in dance can improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, increase balance and coordination and improve overall cardiovascular health. For children who are overweight, it can also help them to lose weight.

Socialization Benefits

Dancing is also a highly social activity.  According to “FamilyTalk Magazine,” dance lessons can help children improve their social and communication skills, learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation and make new friends. If your child is shy, enrolling her in dance can encourage her to reach out to other children her age and help to reduce her anxiety about new people or places. Dance can also help to alleviate fears related to performing in front of an audience.

Educational Benefits

Becoming a skilled dancer requires practice, discipline and focus, skills that can be useful in other areas of your child’s life. Dance lessons can help to spark creativity in young children and help them to develop an appreciation for the arts. Students who regularly participate in dance lessons typically tend to perform better academically than their nonparticipating peers. Studies have shown that students who have a background in dance tend to achieve significantly higher SAT scores and do better in math and science competitions.

Improve Self-Esteem

As children adjust to the movements and postures required in dance, they begin to get a better sense of their bodies. As they become more comfortable in their own skin, their confidence and self-esteem also improve. According to EduDance, dance lessons can encourage children to foster a more positive attitude and explore their own self-expression. This can be particularly beneficial for children who are physically or mentally impaired or those who are attempting to deal with significant emotional problems.

For more information about Kathy’s Dancenter and our dance classes for children of all ages, please call us at (856) 627-6600 or contact us online.


  1. Braden Bills March 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I’ve been hearing a lot about how dance classes can be beneficial to children. My daughter has expressed interest, so I’m doing a bit of research. I didn’t know that when kids do dance classes they become disciplined, which helps them get better grades! I’ll make sure I get her applied. Thanks for the help!

  2. Rockford Johnson May 13, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I learned a lot about how dance classes can benefit children. I really like how you said that “Dancing is a highly physical activity, and kids who take regular dance lessons at Kathy’s Dancenter will see a significant improvement in their overall physical health.” It is really good to know that enrolling kids in class will help to improve their overall health and will help them to develop many good skills.

  3. Lillian Schaeffer August 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that dancing is a good outlet for physical activity. My son hasn’t had much interest in sports or any of that, but he has mentioned wanting to dance. I’d really like him to have a physical activity that he enjoys to keep him healthy, so I’ll definitely look into signing him up for dance classes. Thanks for the great post!

  4. Kenneth Gladman January 10, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I think too many kids are being subject to inactivity. It is our job to make sure our kids get active and I think dance is a great option. I like that you mentioned the social benefits as well. I have a somewhat shy daughter and she has made great friends at dance.

  5. Annika Larson January 20, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Dance is such an incredible way to express one’s self. I agree with you that children can benefit greatly from being involved in this beautiful art form. One thing I did not realize was the socialization benefits also associated with dance. I will definitely be placing my twin daughters in classes as soon as possible!

  6. Sandra Hexner July 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I can see how having dance classes it would help my kids improve their social and communication skills. I also agree that by having another leader in their lives, guiding them would be a very positive experience too. That is also a great tip that by having dance classes, it could help social anxiety too, I would have never thought of that.

  7. Braden Bills July 19, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    My son has expressed interest in dance, and I support him completely. I didn’t realize that dance had so many physical and mental benefits! That’s even more reason to find him some classes.

  8. Caden Dahl September 23, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I like how you mentioned that dance classes can help to improve self-esteem. My son has been talking about starting dance. I think it would be good for him to have something he can work hard towards improving, and I think it would do wonders for his confidence.

  9. Hannah Schroeder October 24, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I’m glad you said that dance lessons can improve children’s social and communication skills. My son started a new school a few months ago, and he’s been having a hard time making friends. Maybe he could practice making friends if I enrolled him in some dance classes.

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