In the past, maybe we often heard about parents who thought that learning foreign sciences, mathematics and foreign languages was better for children than for dance (maybe even now). The reason, dancing skills will not bring great success in the future and only waste time that should be used to pursue high grades in school. In fact, learning to dance routinely brings benefits that even exceed high grades in report cards, because the benefits can continue to stick even to the adult child. What is meant, of course, is not a benefit such as being a professional dancer who can get a lot of money (although there are also those who want to learn to dance with this purpose), but also various physical and mental benefits that can be seen both in the child’s current and future life span. he is an adult.
What are the benefits of learning dance from an early age? Here are some of them.
Physical and steady coordination
Learning to dance regularly has a good influence on children’s physical development and health. By dancing, the child’s body becomes more flexible, the coordination of mind and movements is more controlled, his posture is better and reduces the risk of early obesity. In fact, if this dance skill continues to be honed to adulthood, it can reduce the risk of several diseases such as gout, dementia, brittle bones, strokes and heart disease.
When struggling to master maneuvers and dance choreography, a child cannot cheat to do it well. In order to master all the movements needed for a set of dances, children really have to be disciplined in practice and have high commitment. If you notice, reputable dance schools usually have a level of discipline that is firmly instilled in each student, sometimes exceeding public schools.
Increasing Creativity and Confidence
Dance requires a child to learn expression through his dance; this can have an impact on the level of creativity and confidence in the outside world of the studio or dance school. In addition, physical abilities and exercise of movement acquired from learning to dance can make children feel confident, which can then have a good impact on their motivation in carrying out tasks and pursuing targets in various fields of life regardless of their age.
Learning to Cooperate, Not Only Competing
In the world of public schools, children are often taught to compete with friends to get high rankings in the class. In dance, especially if you dance a lot of group dances, children must learn to cooperate and coordinate with other children to produce a good performance. This is good for balancing the spirit of competition with the spirit of cooperation and eliminating arrogant and self-winning attitudes.
Forming Channels for the Ego Defense Mechanism
What is meant by the ego defense mechanism here is every action taken every time someone runs out of something that shakes the system of value, understanding, and self-esteem. If someone does not have a good ego defense mechanism system, he will vent it to bad things such as drinking liquor, shutting down, falling into depression, taking aggressive actions and so on. Physical activity such as dance can be part of a positive ego defense mechanism called sublimation, where negative emotions are released into positive actions. Thus, indirectly, dance can help children to learn to be mentally healthy.