Dancing Is Good for You!

Our experience

Having worked our program in schools for the past eleven years, we have watched our students transformed. Our highly successful, comprehensive dance program has shown us significant results over the years: Children’s grades improve, their behavior in school transforms, and their social interactions blossom.


MindSteppers has completely changed some of the toughest of my kids.
— Pepa, Spanish Teacher. Morris Jeff School, New Orleans, LA

What We've Achieved

  • ith a goal to RE-introduce to the nation its own, at one time CRAZED, dance culture that bonded, unified, and expanded the experiences of so many of its people, wWe've taught thousands of children how to partner dance through our program.
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FULFILLING PE STANDARDS

Mindsteppers fulfills all national physical education standards as outlined by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. By participating in the Mindsteppers dance curriculum, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of dance.
  • Learn a skill/ art form that facilitates ongoing, accessible participation in physical activity.
  • Have a fun outlet for achieving and maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
  • Learn responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in dance settings.
  • Come to value dance for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/publications/teachingTools/key-points-of-QPE.cfm

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http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/standards/nationalStandards/PEstandards.cfm


DANCE FOR FITNESS

Among other benefits, dancing:

  • Builds muscular strength, stamina, and endurance
  • Is easy to stick to as a workout -- it’s fun!
  • Increases flexibility and ease of movement
  • Improves cardiovascular fitness
  • Is a weight-bearing activity that builds bones
  • Improves balance and spatial awareness, decreasing the likelihood of injuries
  • Increases physical confidence by improving posture, grace, poise, and coordination
  • Can be an effective weight-loss activity


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DANCE FOR COGNITIVE ADVANCEMENT

stress reduction and increased seratonin levels

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DANCE FOR BETTER BEHAVIOR

Exerting oneself for long periods of time causes the brain to release the mood-lifting neurotransmitters seratonin and norepinephrine. Further, proteins are produced within brain cells that spur the growth of new neurons and new cell connections, literally making minds more supple. Physical activities, from sprinting to ballet, also release endorphins, brain chemicals that promote satisfaction, euphoria and high pain tolerance.

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