Chapter One: Why We Dance with our Babies and Children
Babies want to communicate with you in many ways. Even in the early stages of communication and development, they express themselves through movement and react to music. In fact, babies start exploring their environment in the womb and continue to discover new moves, expressions, and reactions to sounds and object all of the time. Very young babies will wriggle and dance to music and are delighted when other grown-ups and children take part too. Dancing and moving around helps to create an amazing connection between you and your baby.
Music and dance gives you a chance to create a powerful connection with your baby. When you move together to the music and the beat, your most basic moves can help to improve your baby’s coordination, balance, and strength. Dancing can also help to boost baby’s self-esteem, happiness, and encourage you to both be active. Dancing with babies and toddlers and enjoying this time together is a great way to have fun! This is probably the most important benefit of dancing; it makes you both happy and amazed at how lucky you are to have each other.
When you hold, carry, or wear your baby and sway to the music, you know that your baby is learning from their world, enjoying your company, and creating memories that will affect them throughout their life. Dancing stimulates coordination, balance, and listening skills in even the youngest of dancers. Dance can also help children to improve their social and communication skills, improve their cooperation skills as the learn to move and work as part of a team, and taking part in dance and activity classes encourages them to make new friends. Shy children who participate in dancing and who see their parents being happy when they are dancing can gain confidence when it comes to meeting new people and visiting new places. Dancing, therefore, is a powerful tool for communication, development, and socialisation.