Dance develops coordination, strength, and fitness
It’s hard to beat dance when it comes to physical literacy and helping kids to develop movement competency, body awareness, agility, balance, and coordination.
According to the Canadian Youth Sports Report (2014), there were 625,500 Canadian children and youth ages 3-17 participating in organized dance as of December 2013. That’s more than hockey, and almost as much as soccer! Meanwhile, there were over 1 million Canadian adults either taking dance classes or performing dance in their communities as of 2004 (Canada Council for the Arts).
All forms of dance play an important role in developing physical literacy. Check out these articles and activities to learn more:
Little kids love to dance—especially when Mom, Dad, Grandpa, or Grandma joins in the fun! Try streaming our Epic Family Dance Party Playlist.
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