Students of the Youth Ballroom Dance Club at Hilton Head Ballroom Dance Studio pose for a group photo.

I was 5 years old when I took my first dance lesson and am still dancing today at age 45. It is never too early to introduce the arts to kids. 

So why is dancing so good for kids? Overall, kids can gain muscle control and coordination. Their endurance and stamina will improve. Strength, flexibility and balance will all improve.

When kids are in a structured class, they engage in learning patterns and sequential learning. This involves planning, which helps with memory skills. 

Children learn to focus and concentrate better. While in dance classes, kids also learn to work as a team and build camaraderie. They learn discipline. 

Learning in a class setting also creates a sense of accomplishment while building confidence and self-esteem. 

For many kids, dancing becomes an outlet of expression and fosters creativity so they might begin to appreciate the arts in all forms.

It is never too early for kids to try dancing and learn how to coordinate and move their bodies to music. Consider giving your child a chance to be exposed to formal dance or dance instruction – you never know what’s hiding inside a child. 

For example, our Youth Ballroom Dance Club consists of students from ages 7 to 18. It is amazing what they have been able to accomplish since they have been coming to us. 

Each child is developing their own level of talent in their own way with their own individual style, and each is becoming their own dancer.

Not only are we teaching dance, but also etiquette and social skills.  These skills can help them interact with each other comfortably in close proximity at an early age and in an appropriate manner. We hope that going forward they will become ladies and gentlemen, and use their skills in the real world that were taught to them in the dance studio.

Parents, start opening those doors for your kids and allowing them to experience all the different art forms at a very early age. Remember, dancing is not only for girls – boys also will appreciate the benefit of being able to dance in the future.

When kids are involved in some sort of dance they will look better, feel better and have fun!

Sandro Virag is a partner and instructor at Hilton Head Ballroom Dance Studio of Hilton Head, located in Bluffton at Seaquins Ballroom. hiltonheadballroom.com