Dance as part of a child development

Dance is a natural method for learning and a basic form of cultural expression. Children learn movement patterns as readily as they learn language. Just as all societies create forms of visual representation or organize sounds into music, all cultures organize movement and rhythm into one or more forms of dance.

The Benefits of Dance

Dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. The physical benefits of dance are widely accepted, but the emotional, social and cognitive attributes have only recently begun to be appreciated. 
  
        Physical Development: Dance involves a greater range of motion, coordination,strength and endurance than most other physical activities. This is accomplished through movement patterns that teach coordination and kinesthetic memory. Dancing utilizes the entire body and is an excellent form of exercise for total body fitness. Young children are naturally active, but dance offers an avenue to expand movement possibilities and skills. 
  
      Social Awareness: Dance fosters social encounter, interaction, and cooperation,children learn to communicate ideas to others through the real and immediate  mode of body movement. Children quickly learn to work within a group dynamic.   As the ongoing and sometimes challenging process of cooperation evolves,  children learn to understand themselves in relation to others. 
  
        Cognitive Development: Young children will create movement spontaneously when presented with movement ideas or problems that can be solved with a  movement response. Movement provides the cognitive loop between the idea, problem, or intent and the outcome or solution. This teaches an infant, child and, ultimately, adult to function in and understand the world. The relationship of  movement to intellectual development and education is an embryonic field of study that has only recently begun to be explored.

        Emotional Maturity: Dance promotes psychological health and maturity. Children enjoy the opportunity to express their emotions and become aware of themselves and others through creative movement. At Rayito de Sol children star a history of emotional experiences through our shows all year round..

Grandparents Day show

Anniversary show

Summer show

Graduation / end of the year show