...that research shows that participation in performing arts is linked to positive outcomes in school, emotional development, family life, and behavior?
"What's interesting is that kids not involved in any kid's activities were more socially immature and had a lower self-esteem." (Horin, 2008, cited in Brightstars 2009) Research shows that performing arts activities play a central role in cognitive, motor, language, and social emotional development.
...that music combined with movement has proven to be one of the most beneficial experiences possible to develop neurological networks for math and reading? (David Sousa, How the Brain Learns, 2001)
We are just beginning to understand how profoundly music and movement influence brain development, but it is clear the benefits are great! This cognitive growth combined with self-discipline, attention skills, confidence, poise, and love of the arts makes dance one of the best experiences you can give your child.
...that dancing has a tremendous impact on the growth of every child?
There is strong evidence to show it strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. As Hall has observed, (2008, p. 5) "Dancing can also reduce obesity, guard against osteoporosis, improve posture and muscle strength, and increase fitness generally."
Indiana Youth Ballet exists to educate and foster a love of dance in young audiences through the creation and presentation of original ballets performed by youth dancers.
Learning to walk sets you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all...to express with your whole self the person you are.