Dance is a natural and oldest form of human communication. It’s therapeutic in giving the individual a way of expression without the use of words. In a group, dance also acts as a way to express important elements of a people or culture. For children, it also helps with developing coordination, rhythm, and timing; it also taps into the brain’s ability to coordinate movement with sound. Turn on some music with a strong beat and you will see a tiny toddler who can only stand with support in their playpen start to bounce and sway to the rhythm.
Treat dance like a frivolous “activity” and you are robbing the human spirit of part of its soul. We can no more live without dance than we could live without stories, music or the visual arts.