Dance is inclusive. It builds community, fosters collaboration, and provides a physical and emotional outlet. Dance is meditative. It can tell a story, express a theme and elicit empathy. Dance is transformative. It relieves stress, exercises the mind and body, and teaches focus and discipline. Dance builds confidence and engages learners holistically, and all young people should have access to a dance education in school.
In a recent study (2016), examining the value and positive impact of public arts education on the college attainment of students in the United States, researchers found: "Arts students were 29% more likely to apply to a postsecondary institution than were non-arts students. Dance students were 70% more likely to pursue postsecondary study two years past high school than were non-dance students. regardless of socioeconomic status, sex, race, GPA, standardized test scores, participation in interscholastic athletics, hours per week on extracurriculars, and the student’s leadership index"
Elpus, Kenneth. (2016) Arts education as a pathway to college: College admittance, selectivity, and completion by arts and non-arts students. National Endowment for the Arts