• Helena Mitchell

Get kids moving for health and happiness

How do you choose between a children’s activity that encourages a healthy lifestyle and one that promotes artistic development? Or one that will train a child’s motor skills and one that inspires musicality? In fact, there’s something that encompasses all of these things. Dancing!

Start healthy, stay healthy: With a range of movements for the whole body, dance is a fun way to keep fit. Plus the benefit is long lasting – because active children are more likely to stay in the habit of exercising as adults.

Body and brain: Dance helps to develop your child’s gross motor skills - including balance, co-ordination, strength and spatial awareness. Learning and repeating movement combinations can also improve memory.

Get creative! Children love having an input into their dancing by adding their own endings, improvising to music or discussing themes. Dance classes provide an encouraging environment to express ideas.

Musicality: Not only do children learn about rhythm and keeping to the beat – but through different dance styles, they discover music genres ranging from jazz and classical to pop, urban and world music.

‘Friends who dance together, stay together.’ By working together to make up and practice dances, children form close bonds with like-minded friends. For children who are shy at school, dance class is often the place they can be themselves!

And best of all, it’s great fun!

How to choose a dance class

When choosing a dance class it’s important to look out for a few things. Dance should be taught in a structured way that’s safe and age-appropriate for the body. Check that the teacher is qualified with a recognised association such as the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) or Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Teachers registered with these organisations must adhere to a strict code of conduct and safeguarding checks, so you can be sure your child is learning in a safe environment.

JUMP Dance Academy offers classes in a range of styles for all ages from pre-school children to adults. Summer term classes start in Inkberrow, Droitwich and Henley-in-Arden from 3rd May 2022.