top of page

Strong Body, Strong Mind: The Combined Power of Physical and Mental Health

Dancers working hard in class

At our studio, we hope to nurture both the physical and mental strength of our dancers. While dance classes offer a fantastic way for children to express themselves creatively, it's important to recognize the correlation between a strong body and how physical activity can actually improve your mental health, and vice versa. This list explores the ways your brain and body are intrinsically linked.

1. Research linking the relationship between mental and physical health:

The connection between mental and physical health is undeniable. Numerous studies (such as this one from Science News or this article from have shown that engaging in regular physical activity positively influences mental well-being. Physical exercise releases endorphins - the feel-good hormones that enhance mood and reduce stress.

2. Ignoring one area has a negative effect on the other:

Neglecting either physical or mental health can have adverse effects on the other. Just as dancers train their bodies to perform intricate movements, it is essential to train the mind to process emotions and feelings effectively. A strong body provides a solid foundation for mental resilience and helps children overcome challenges both on and off the dance floor.

3. Exercise allows the brain to process emotions and feelings:

Dancer smiling on stage during performance

Physical activity serves as an outlet for emotional expression. Dance, in particular, allows children to channel their emotions through movement. As they engage in physical exercise, the brain is stimulated, creating an environment for processing emotions and fostering mental clarity. This integration of mind and body promotes self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and stress management skills.

4. Training the brain: meditation, breathing exercises, and mindfulness:

Just as dancers practice their routines to improve their physical abilities, they should also train their brains to be agile. Incorporating mindfulness techniques, such as meditation and breathing exercises, can enhance focus, concentration, and emotional stability. These practices enable students (and adults!) to develop a greater sense of self-control and resilience, which are invaluable qualities both on and off stage.

Tiny dancers posing before competition performance

5. Gratitude and Affirmations:

Gratitude and affirmations are powerful tools to strengthen the mind and build positive neural pathways. Encourage your child to practice gratitude by reflecting on the things they appreciate each day. Similarly, incorporating affirmations into their daily routine can boost self-esteem and promote a positive mindset. These practices contribute to building resilience and nurturing a strong, confident person.

A strong body and a strong mind are both important factors in the journey of personal growth and success. By recognizing the relationship between physical and mental health, we can empower children to achieve their full potential. Incorporating physical exercise, mindfulness, gratitude, and affirmations into their daily routine will help them develop the resilience, focus, and emotional intelligence necessary to thrive both in dance and in life.

37 views0 comments


bottom of page