School Principals from 230 participating New York City schools in 2009 claimed that of the students participating in DanceSport in schools, they saw a drop in behaviour management by 82.5%, a positive impact on academic performance by 79.6%, and a positive change in the way the children treated each other by 94.9%.
The assessment of a pilot program in 29 schools in the UK says the scheme has helped "less sporty children become more engaged in physical education". Dr Jeanne Keay, Dean of Education, and Dr Jon Spence, head of physical education at Roehampton University added that other benefits include improved behaviour and previously shy pupils gaining in self-confidence.
The behaviour improved because of "the disciplined and structured nature of ballroom and Latin dance" (DanceSport), their report states. "As a result of working with a partner, they [the pupils] have shown empathy and a mature approach to working together which had not been evident previously."
I danced alongside Taryn professionally for many years, so know she is both highly-skilled and an expert in her field. I was excited to learn about 5678 DanceSport, her school-based programme. I think it's a fantastic idea to give children the chance to learn a new skill, combined with the social development and natural increase in self-confidence they'll pick up over the course of the programme. It makes me wish we'd had 5678 DanceSport when I was at school.
TV presenter and professional dancer