Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Education


Early Childhood Education

Research Sponsor

Dr. Watters

First Reader

Shernavaz Vakil

Second Reader

Karen Plaster


Dance has proven to have many benefits to children’s learning and development. The use of movement supports students processing, social emotional, and motor skills. Research shows that the integration of dance in education increases development in the affective domain providing an avenue for students to express themselves and explore emotions. It also has been linked to improved cognitive development resulting in higher test scores and grade point averages. This study of an after school dance program with first and second grade students supported the research. The surveys and observations gathered from the dance program showed many positive short term affects on development connected to the dance education.