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Is Dance Good for Kids? Here's What We Know

The benefits of taking dance class extend far beyond just getting them out of the house to blow off some energy!

This activity is in part athletic training and part creative, artistic endeavor. Movement and dance have a positive influence on a child’s mental, physical and emotional health that extend far beyond the classroom. It can help children do better in school, make friends, gain physical strength, balance and flexibility and of course, it also allows for that wonderful release of youthful joy and energy. With so many benefits, it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few!

Dance increases your child’s motor skills and physical fitness

Whether your child is taking creative movement, ballet, tap, hip-hop or jazz, you can expect to see an increase in overall fitness, balance, stamina, coordination, cardio health and flexibility. All this in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Participating in regular exercise programs also sets up a child to continue the habit of working out for life.

Dance classes can help a child’s emotional and mental well-being

Dance and movement help the body to release endorphins (those feel-good hormones) which flood the body with positive feelings, effecting the mood and behavior of that child. Children who dance also gain confidence and self-esteem by feeling more comfortable in their own skin. Dance requires awareness and control of the body allowing a dancer to be able to be better at self-expression and creativity. Dance also helps a child learn concentration and focus. (Studies show that students who dance do better on SAT’s and perform higher in Math and Science competitions.)

Dance can improve your child’s social skills

Dancers learn through performance how to be a part of a team, something larger than themselves. They develop trust and cooperation amongst their classmates to work together in performing a dance. This helps them to make friends, alleviate fears about performing and being in front of people. It gives a child a tribe, and a place to belong where they can interact with other kids their own age. Many children develop life-long friendships and learn to leave their shyness behind as their communication skills blossom.

Dance teaches goal setting and tenaciousness

Children are constantly encouraged in dance class to strive for their best work. The creative outlet and freedom they discover in their bodies is balanced by the disciplined and structured atmosphere. Dance classes inspire to allow a child to try, fail, and try again in the attempt to reach higher and higher goals. It teaches kids to become disciplined and self-motivated leaners. Children also learn to accept constructive criticism and to use it for their own betterment.

With so many benefits, it’s an obvious conclusion that Dance is designed to give your child a leg up on life. So, what are you waiting for? Sign your kiddo up for a dance class now and watch them blossom! They’ll thank you for it.

By Kristen Vierthaler

ADT Development Director

* All pictures in this article are that of ADT students.


Fall registration is open! Don't delay, register today - we still have spots available, but they are going fast! Join Alaska Dance Theatre on a journey to a Magical World of Dance in the new academic year! Exciting performances, beautiful costumes, dancing, music & fun! Learn new things & make new friends!

Variety of dance styles available. Dancers ages 3+, all levels are welcome! Alaska Dance Theatre is a non-profit school of dance dedicated to providing the highest caliber of artistic education since 1980.

  • The strongest Classical Ballet program, specializing in Russian, French, and Italian Classical Ballet, for a well-rounded dancer.

  • Jazz and broadway, tap, hip hop, contemporary & modern, creative movement & dance acro.

  • Award-winning instructors

  • Performance opportunities at Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

  • Professionally-equipped facility with multiple studios

  • Anchorage School District approved vendor

  • Voted #1, Best Dance School in Alaska 2020, Anchorage Daily News.

  • #1, Best Dance School 2019, 2020, Anchorage Press.

Alaska Dance Theatre, Inc. 550 E. 33rd Ave., Anchorage, AK 99503


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