Does Dance Increase Your Brain Power?

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Posted on 06 August, 2020 | By Sassy Mama

Does Dancing Really Lead to Better Memory? Elevate Dance Academie Shares 5 Long-term Benefits of Dance

Could dance give your kids good posture, better discipline and even better grades? Read on as Elevate Dance Academie lists out the long-term benefits of dance

Few things feel better than getting a good shimmy out, right mama? Dancing always puts us in a good mood – even babies can’t resist bobbing side-to-side when music plays! But what if we told you it could boost your child’s academic performance, along with increasing focus and attention span? Turns out there are plenty of long-term benefits to dance, making it one of the best enrichment programmes for your kids to try.

1. Dancing Builds Better Posture & Agility

With ballet being the the main foundation in most forms of dance, taking formal classes can help to train your body to adopt a better posture while standing, sitting and working. Basic tips include, “Shoulders pulled down, straighten spine, core engaged, butt in, centred pelvis, weights off your heels, arms lighted.” – all the essential pointers for good posture! This is the chant you would hear on repeat in a dance class, according to qualified, award winning multi-genre dance teacher LangLey of Elevate Dance Academie, who has more than 23 years of teaching.

2. Dancing Lifts Your Mood & Can Strengthen Friendships

Dancing increases levels of seratonin in the body. The feel-good hormone contributes to wellbeing and happiness, which can be a good way for kids to find balance between winding down and academics.

Joining a dance class often means participating in group dances, which encourages teamwork. While most schools conduct a selection process, Elevate strictly does not select children to compete in group competitions in order to give every child a fair chance at performing. This may result in less-than-perfect group dances, but is so worth it to cultivate inspired, passionate little dancers!

3. Dancing Frequently Can Boost Memory & Make You Smarter

According to a 21-year study by the New England Journal of Medicine, the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing. Dancing is a mentally engaging activity, encouraging the cerebral cortex and hippocampus of the brain (which are activated during physical activity) to rewire themselves and allow for better information processing speed and loading.

4. Dancing Helps with Discipline, Attention & Focus

A structured dance programme can encourage students to keep striving to progress in their technique and ability as they challenge themselves through the various grades. As the whole body is activated during a dance class, students are more likely to pay attention and focus on the task at hand. In the long run, these qualities build perseverance!

5. Dancing Makes You More Creative

At local dance schools like Elevate Dance Academie, most students start off with ballet as the main foundation and eventually venture into different dance styles of their choice. This allows them to get creative and discover what interests them! Exploring new forms of dance can also encourage kids to search for creativity in other aspects of their life, whether during play or academically.

Focusing on classical ballet, modern and jazz, Elevate Dance Academie offers a holistic and comprehensive dance curriculum in a positive, unbiased environment. Their specially curated Extension Programme complements the dance school’s curriculum to expose students to a well-rounded dance experience. It includes opportunities for dancers to participate in international dance exams (including the RAD, ISTD and CSTD certifications), dance concerts, annual overseas immersion programmes, local excursions, tailored guest workshops and master classes by international and local instructors – so your kiddos will learn from the most accomplished dance pros! The school also emphasises on encouraging versatility and the development of self-concept.

So even if your child is not keen on making dance their ultimate career, the benefits are tremendous to help them succeed in life creatively and even academically! Elevate has students of all backgrounds (some as young as 3 years old and as old as 28!) who have made dancing a part of their life while successfully balancing school and work.

So are your little dancers ready to ‘Take It Beyond The Stage’, mama? Find out more with Elevate Dance Academie and you could be looking at the next Misty Copeland of Singapore!

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Elevate Dance Academie, 27 West Coast Highway #02-01/24, Westway Singapore 117867, Tel: (+65) 8111 3601, elevatedancesg@gmail.comwww.elevatedance.com.sg

Classical Ballet classes for young children (age 5-9)

Our beginners Classical Ballet classes for young children age 5-9 incorporates the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus of Pre Primary and Primary. It delivers the core foundation of Classical Ballet and develop awareness of body parts, space, control, co-ordination, movement dynamics and being able to perform expressively to depict a story. Suitable for boys and girls.

Our experienced teachers conduct the classes with imaginative, fun and engaging approach. At the end of the course, students will attempt the exam and achieve the RAD certification.

Each class is structured as following:

  • Age group for Pre-Primary – 5 to 6 years old, Primary – 6 to 9 years old
  • Duration – 45 mins per class (once a week)
  • RAD Primary exam – students attend an additional coaching class for 6 months before the annual examination (twice a week)

Sample of the RAD Primary syllabus (ages 6-9) – Bend and Point

Taipei Dance Exchange – 24th – 29th Nov 2019

Some of our higher grades girls went to Taipei for a dance exchange from 24th – 29th November 2019. There, we participated in an intensive week of ballet focusing solely on the Vaganova ballet technique. We also spent an evening at a street dance school for open classes. The girls had a blast and fulfilling trip; attending ballet, conditioning, pointe, variations, contemporary, jazz funk and hip hop classes. Not forgetting, shopping and eating around the city.

At Elevate, we aim to organise at least one overseas immersion trip every year as part of our extension programme. More photos and video.

Singapore International Dance Challenge – 12th – 13th Sep 2019

The 2nd Singapore International Dance Challenge was held from 12 to 13 September 2019 at The Ground Theatre, Scape. More photos here.

Congratulations to all awardees..!

  • Champion – Open Age Group (Any Other Style)
  • 2nd runner up – Open Age Solo (Any Other Style) – Ang Shi Min
  • 3rd runner up – Open Age Solo (Any Other Style) – Tan Wei Lin, Cheryl
  • 4th runner up – Open Age Solo (Any Other Style) – Ang Jing Yan

 

Get The Beat – 03rd – 13th June 2019

With just a mere 3 months of training, our competitors pushed themselves to their best on stage. Congratulations to all who placed.

Joyce Lim Jia Xuan – 20+ Open – 4th Place
Tan Wei Lin, Cheryl – 20+ Open – 5th Place
Tng Qian Hui – 15-19 Any Styles – 5th Place
Open Group Contemporary – 4th Place
15&U Group Any Styles – 4th Place

Well done to those that still persevere and tried their very best despite sustaining injuries and falling sick. Thank you to all chaperon, dancers & supporters who gave much encouragement and positivity. Congratulations girls..! More photos here.

Progressing Ballet Technique Workshop – 15th Dec 2018

Our last Extension Programme Series – Workshops for the year 2018. Progressing Ballet Technique Advanced workshop was held on December 15th.

Our senior girls were treated to an innovative programme developed by Marie Walton-Mahon, a Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Examiner for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet. The course helps students to increase muscle memory, improve flexibility, strengthen technique and encourage longevity in dance.

We’re fortunate to have Priscilla Law, the Director of PBT Asia to personally deliver the programme to our students in our own studio. We hope our girls enjoyed themselves and the workshop has helped to improve their technique.

More photos here.