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Why song and dance are essential for children’s development

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How do children benefit from music and dance? Many people today are better equipped than ever before to deal with life’s challenges and difficulties. We live longer, enjoy more leisure time, and have access to the world’s knowledge at the touch of a button. But children are spending less time playing physically, mixing with different generations, creating imaginary games, and interacting with parents. Many are becoming socially …

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Dancing can keep your brain sharp.

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We’ve all heard by now that lifestyle habits like aiming for better sleep can help to keep your brain sharp. But, according to one study, so can dancing. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest that getting footloose on a regular basis is linked with a 76 percent reduction in dementia risk — about as much as playing board games or a …

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Dancing is a great cardio workout.

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Like any good, low-impact cardio workout, dancing can improve cardiovascular health, increase stamina, strengthen bones and muscles and stave off illnesses. But aside from the perks associated any heart-pounding activity, dancing has a cardio edge with unique benefits that actually can’t be achieved by other low-impact exercises. “Dancing can give you more than traditional cardio,” Five components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance, …

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Why Dance is Possibly the Best Activity for Kids

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When I was growing up, the kids (mostly girls) in my school who studied dance seemed even more athletic than the jocks and the gym class heroes. They were slender, but solid, with long, strong limbs that could contort in ways that defied everything I’d learned about the limitations of the human body. Surely, those abilities were the result of …

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14 Reasons why all children should learn to dance

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1) Dance education aids the development of kinesthetic intelligence. 2) Dance education creates opportunities for self-expression and communication within the constraints of the medium of the body. 3) Dance, whether representational, thematic, or abstract, is a repository of civilization that changes through time. 4) Dance education teaches the values and skills of creativity, problem solving, risk taking, making judgments in …

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History of Dance

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From the earliest moments of known human history, dance accompanied ancient rituals, spiritual gatherings and social events. As a conduit of trance, spiritual force, pleasure, expression, performance and interaction, dance became infused into our nature from the earliest moments of our existence – from the moment when first African tribes covered themselves in war-paint to the to the spreading of …

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Why Dancing Leads to Bonding

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Both exertion and synchronicity play a role in the social effects of dance There is perhaps nothing more universal than the drive to move our bodies in sync with music. Studies show that dancing at parties and in groups encourages social bonding, whether it is a traditional stomp, a tango or even the hokeypokey. Many researchers have argued that people …

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Why Is Dancing So Good for Your Brain?

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Dancers maximize cognitive function and muscle memory through practice. Dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels. Two recent studies show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance by blending cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and ‘proprioception’ held in the cerebellum. Through regular aerobic training that incorporates some type of dance at …

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