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“Dance embodies one of our most primal relationships to the universe. It is pre-verbal, beginning before words can be formed. It is innate in children before they possess command over language and is evoked when thoughts or emotions are too powerful for words to contain.”

Advancing Dance Education in the Arts: Standards for Dance in Early Childhood
By: ndeo

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“You can say things through dance that you could never express in words, and ballet has the ability to touch people on a deep, abstract level.”

-Flora Zhang, CNN, Why fall in love with ballet?

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“You can probably figure out the physical benefits of gymnastics for your kids but did you know gymnastics can help children improve academically as well?”

Can Gymnastics Help Kids Physically And Academically?
By: CBS News Miami

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“Dance is a physical and athletic activity requiring great skill, strength, and agility. Sounds like an ideal fit for energetic boys…”

-Nichelle Suzanne, Encouraging Boys to Dance

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“Dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels.”

-Christopher Bergland, The Athlete’s Way

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“Dance is now being studied as a pathway to enhance learning”

-Judith Hanna, PhD, What Educators and Parents Should Know About Neuroplasticity, Learning and Dance

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“Camp establishes self-confidence, good decision making, social skills and the ability to make new friends. In short, it helps them grow.”

-Gregg Parker, Summer Camp Benefits Kids In Lots Of Ways

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“Movement is one of the most important aspects of a young child’s life.”

-Kim Davis, The Value of Movement Activities for Young Children

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“Aren’t they too young to be dancing? The truth is, as long as you find age appropriate dance classes, NO.”

-Brittany White, How Dance Classes Benefit Early Development

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“Body language is what tells people how we’re feeling and dance makes this language be strengthened, because a person must tell a story when dancing.”

-Eliza Sauerwein Many Reasons Why Dance Should Be in a Student’s Life

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“They move to achieve mobility, they move to express a thought or feeling, and they move because it is joyful and feels wonderful…”

-Philosophy Underlying Early Childhood Standards

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 “For many parents, the first image that springs to mind when they think of a child attending a dance class is an image of a confident smiling child. The child in their mind is probably extrovert and expressive not shy and retiring.

Parents of a shy child may feel as if a dance class would not be the place for their little one and as a result may steer clear of this sort of activity…”

-Kerry Williams, Why Dancing Is Good for Your Child’s Confidence

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 “Not only do children learn by doing- and that movement is the child’s preferred mode of learning- but also that physical activity activates the brain much more so than doing seatwork.”

-Rae Pica, In Defense of Active Learning

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 “Children who are comfortable and confident with their motor skills are more likely to be physically active….”

-Rae Pica, Why Motor Skills Matter

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“Many different types of dance classes are available for children, from modern dance, ballet, tap and jazz to dance that celebrates unique ethnic and cultural traditions. What’s the most important thing for parents to keep in mind when choosing a dance class? It’s that research has proven that dance provides physical, developmental and artistic benefits to your child.”

-Debra Strickland, Family Talk Magazine

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“Becoming a skilled dancer requires practice, discipline and focus, skills that can be useful in other areas of your child’s life.”

-Rebecca Lake,What Are the Benefits of Ballet for Kids

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