Can ballet class really make your grade schooler smarter? Yes! Dancing can improve your child’s cognitive skills a number of ways. It increases bloodflow to the brain, giving it oxygen and nutrients it needs to be healthy. It improves neural pathways, increasing mental capacity (a.k.a., learning capability). It also increases neuroplasticity, which basically helps you solve problems and make decisions more quickly.
According to University of California at San Diego professor Dr. James Sallis, “For years we had evidence that physically active and fit children performed better academically. More recently we have learned why. Physical activity is good for the brain at all ages, including childhood.”
The Active Living Research states that active children are 20 percent more likely to receive an “A” in math or English. In addition, studies have shown that when the arts (including dance) is included in education, critical thinking, problem solving and reasoning have all increased and improved.
Along similar lines, ballet can also make your child a better leader.