In every parenting book you find, the best pediatric doctors in the world suggest having your baby listen to music in the womb – why should it ever stop? Once your baby is exposed to the outside world, music and movement become essential for proper growth and development. In March of 2010 researchers at University of York found that dancing comes naturally to babies. Their study utilized a combination of babies, mothers, music and professional dancers to explore the connection between early development and music/movement;
“The findings, based on a study of 120 infants between 5 months and 2 years old, suggest that humans may be born with a predisposition to move rhythmically in response to music.”
-Live Science Staff
We have all seen toddlers bend at the knees and bounce endlessly while they have an enormous toothless grin stretched across their face. Can you define ‘pure joy’ in any other way? It’s no secret that babies love to dance, and music stimulation will only increase their admiration for it. Researchers found that babies and infants are seen to be more engaged with music than the human voice.
In York’s experiments to test the theory of a baby’s disposition to dance, mothers were given head phones and were asked to hold their babies on their laps without influencing the movement of their child. Just as researchers expected, as music started to play the babies started to boogie. Professional dancers were even brought in to evaluate how accurate the babies were moving to the rhythm of the music. You can see for yourself that the arms, legs, and torsos of the infants were extremely active in motion and matched the beat of the music surprisingly well!
Photo from Urbanity Dance’s Mom and Baby Class, December 2016
The study shows that babies are in fact born with a predisposition to ‘dance’ to music. Between the ages of five months to two years, babies and toddlers can be seen moving and grooving in time with the rhythm of music. This is an incredible way for your baby to develop basic motor skills and spatial awareness. Urging your baby to dance to their own beat also introduces them to the concept of mind-body connection at an extremely young age. For most professional dancers, this concept is not fully understood until their early to mid-twenties.
Urbanity Dance embraces the importance of assisted baby dancing and offers classes ranging in ages starting from three months to three years old. In our safe and welcoming facility, babies and toddlers dance their diapers off while a parent or caregiver stays involved and participates in the class. These well-established classes give babies the opportunity to understand physical coordination, teamwork, basic motor skills, and socialization. For more information on Urbanity Dance’s youth and baby classes click here.
University of York. “Babies are born to dance, new research shows.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 March 2010. <https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100315161925.htm>.
Live Science Staff. “Babies Are Born to Dance.” LiveScience. Purch, 15 Mar. 2010. Web. 18 July 2017. <https://www.livescience.com/6228-babies-born-dance.html>