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Dance is one of the most popular forms of self-expression for most people of any age. Its characteristics allows dancers to move their bodies in versatile ways, usually under the semblance of beauty, grace, and athleticism.

However, whenever we think of dance in the world of children, we think of frilly tutus, poufy costumes and the twice-a-year recitals that happen every spring and fall. Dance has a huge impact on the development of children, which in turn can positively impact their social and cognitive skills.

Children who dance have better muscle memory and a quicker thought process. This is due to their ability to memorize steps and choreography taught to them in the dance studio. Repetition is often used in dance classes, which allows children to learn how to pick up on patterns and rhythms until they have memorized it. This particular skill can be recognized out the child's dance class and in their classrooms.

Young dancers are learning things on a kinesthetic level, meaning they are aware of the movement in their body parts in relations to its position via their muscles and joints. Studies specifically done to see children understand on math and science show that students who participated in this "free movement" were able to better understand the oral and written work required of them. They are able to better comprehend their assignments and find patterns in their required work through the movements and rhythms they were learning.

Dance requires much more than a few simple steps followed in a sequential order. Oftentimes, if the task or movement seems too difficult, it can easier to just quit or leave. It's for this reason that dancers are very self-motivated. Children can push themselves beyond what they think is possible, which allows them to gain confidence and self-esteem when they accomplish as task that may have been out of their comfort zone. 

The list of positive benefits of dance goes further than most might realize. The biggest benefit of dance lessons, especially for young ones, is the lifelong impact it can have on a child's confidence. This can change the way they look at themselves and the world around them, as they are constantly learning new skills and finding a fun way to get active and healthy. Dance can fundamentally set a child up for success outside of the studio and well into the future as they make goals and decisions that are reflective of what they want in life.