According to the Canadian Youth Sports Report published by Solutions Research Group, dance as an activity is second only to swimming in terms of participation - more popular than soccer or hockey, with several times the participation levels of gymnastics, karate, and other children’s sports.
Studies repeatedly show that participating in dance and performing arts activities have a positive impact on self-confidence, self-esteem, resilience, relationship building, and contribute to a sense of belonging, all qualities which are associated with good mental health.
There are many reasons why students begin taking dance classes at the Canadian Dance Company. Some are enrolled at a young age by parents looking for a place for their children to burn some energy, make new friends, and gain some strength and coordination. Others begin because they are constantly dancing around the house and are interested in learning some technique and performance skills. Some students are influenced by television shows and music videos, while others are a bit shy and want to gain some confidence and poise. No matter what the motivation to start taking dance class, students at CDC will quickly realize that their teachers and peers share a special bond through their love of dance.
Dance is a valuable activity to choose for children, teens, and adults alike as it combines artistic values, athleticism, and musicality. While fostering an appreciation for the arts, dance is a fun way to stay active. Not only does dance strengthen the physical aspects of the body, but it also helps develop mental focus, and memory. Often used as an outlet for self-expression, dance also allows students the opportunity to explore their emotions through movement. Dance is a fantastic stress reliever!
Working together to learn a routine, dancers gain skills such as dedication, teamwork, and determination. Performing in front of an audience strengthens self-esteem, and is a wonderful way of celebrating new skills learned throughout the season.