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 didn't like dancing, I loved it. I was a little nervous at first but when I got there and everyone was dancing, it looked super fun. My favourite day was on Wednesday when we did the dancing. I just could not wait for Wednesday after lunch. I loved our last one because we got 20 seconds to do funny things to the camera but it was sad when we had to say goodbye. I think everyone will love it as much as I did. Thank you for coming Taryn, all of the Year fives enjoyed it.
Greenhithe Primary School