Interesting Facts About Kids Who Study the Arts
Did you know?
Young people who participate in the performing and/or creative arts on aregular basis for at least one full year are:
• four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, participate in math and science fairs and win an award for writing an essay.
• three times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools and/or be recognized for consistent school attendance;
• four times more likely to participate in youth groups or perform community service; and
• engage in developmental activities like reading for pleasure twice as often as their counterparts who do not participate in the arts
(Source: Living the Arts through Language + Learning: A Report on Community-based
Youth Organizations, Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation For the Advancement of Teaching, Americans for the Arts Monograph, November 1998)
The facts are that performing and creative arts education such as dancing; has significant positive impact on the growth of every child, helping to develop a positive work ethic and pride in a job well done. Dance and other arts can bridge socio-economic boundaries; participation in the arts even has a measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behaviour and truancy problems.
A strong foundation in dance can give your child a head start on success in life!