Why the creative arts are so important
There are the obvious benefits of studying dance; reduced obesity, a fun source of exercise, healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and helping to maintain a balanced lifestyle. There is clinically significant evidence that children who participate actively in the performing arts spend less time sitting in front of a computer screen playing games and therefore are at less of a risk of developing health problems. Children who spend more than two hours a day on screen related pastimes are at a high risk of developing health issues, such as obesity.
Whilst dance is a good source of fun exercise for young children, it is also a creative outlet. Fun exercise is important but the opportunity to release creativity is as important as exercising and maintaining a balanced diet in the development of healthy children, because of the life skills they will learn. Dancing can make a person feel physically refreshed and improve their mood, tackling serious issues including anxiety and depression1, and not just in adults. Group dancing is a tool to release daily stress, a distraction from everyday worries and an outlet for imagination and emotion.
There are physical benefits of partaking in dance classes as a child. Through dance, children develop a greater range of movement whilst developing the ability to work within different spaces. They learn to interpret the effect their movement has on the world around them. Dancing also improves a child’s co-ordination, especially at a time when they are rapidly developing in an ever-changing and evolving environment. Good co-ordination is vital in developing skills learnt in other parts of life, such as learning to ride a bike and learning how to multitask successfully. Dance and movement patterns also develop kinaesthetic memory. It also develops strength and endurance from an early age. This creates a solid platform for the child’s physical development and level of fitness.
The average human has 642 muscles in their body. Young children are naturally active, however dancing makes use of more of these muscles and in turn develops the use of their bodies fully. Through the process of learning movement, children become more aware of their bodies and what they are capable of. They develop an understanding of what each muscle and limb can do; also building up the courage to experiment with movement and to push themselves to see what they can achieve with their own bodies. This personal sense of adventure is an important life trait for children to develop and a skill they can apply in all aspects of life. It contributes to the development of a child’s confidence and bravery, and encourages them to search for new challenges to conquer.
In a study of Tiny toes clients (September 2018) it was found that, on average, 85% of parents felt that their child’s confidence levels improved because of attending Tiny toes ballet. In the same study 94% of parents said they would recommend our classes to their friends and 99% felt that classes offered good value for money
“Tiny toes ballet is a wonderful, magical experience where children can build confidence and independence at a pace that is right for them, whilst developing an enjoyment of dance and music.”
“Tiny toes ballet classes are very professionally executed with a lot of thought being put into each class. Tiny toes ballet has increased my daughter’s confidence dramatically!”
The impact of creative learning on children is enormous. It promotes the importance of teamwork and social inclusion in a subtle but direct manner. Tiny toes ballet’s parents recognise that confidence and communication skills are vital to their children’s’ future happiness and success. A child who has the opportunity to study ballet and the wider performing arts becomes more interesting, expressive and motivated.
Emma Morgan, Founder & Director of Tiny toes ballet Ltd.