Dancing Makes Your Brain Operate Better and Makes You Smarter!


Studies show that because dancing is equally a physical exercise as it is a mental one, it really can make you smarter. Dancing has short-term and long-term benefits for mental well-being and cognitive development. Because dancing requires balance, coordination, and other mental abilities like having a sense of rhythm, it depends on the brain to use many different functions. Dancing has shown to enhance memory skills and focus, while also helping with self-discipline and motivation.


“Dance is a language of physical exercise that sparks new brain cells (neurogenesis) and their connections that are responsible for acquiring knowledge and thinking. Dancing makes some neurons nimble so that they readily wire into the neural network. Neural plasticity is the brain’s remarkable abil­ity to change through­out life.”


According to psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Coyle of the Harvard Medical School, the hippocampus and the cerebral cortex – both of which play a role in dancing – are rewired and consequently improved with frequent use.


Dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels. Studies show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance by blending cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and ‘proprioception’ held in the cerebellum. Dancing maximizes your brain functioning.


Who doesn’t want more advantages and opportunities for their kids in life? Having your kids dance can actually improve all areas of their lives, beyond the obvious physical fitness. Think about dance like you never had before. There are a lot of options for dance from ballet to jazz to contemporary movement dance to hip hop, jazz, and acro class.  Try one or try all. Find the dance class that best connects with your child’s interests and personality.