Physical education involves more than sport skills and should extend teaching the psychomotor domain. A vital goal of physical education is, therefore, to teach life skills that equip children with knowledge and motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle. One of those life skills is dance.
Though dance is physically and cognitively chanllenging, dance can also be an enjoyable social activity that provides opportunity for lifelong learning. It covers all of the National Standards, especially Standard 5, which stresses recognition of the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.
Dance improves the five components of health-related fitness (such as cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility and muscular strength), and it also enhances the six components of skill-related fitness (including agility, balance and coordination).
Like other moderate, low-impact, weight bearing activities, dancing can help strengthen bones and muscles, tone the entire body, improve posture, balance and increase stamina and flexibility.
Below is the dances that each grade level is learning, if your child is struggling here is an opportunity for them to be able to catch up and learn the steps.