ABINGDON, Md., Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Research shows that dance has a positive impact on body image, balance and coordination, and is also a natural anti-depressant. This winter, Kiddie Academy®, a leading education-based child care provider, will promote the social-emotional and health benefits of dance by inviting children and their parents to the company's second annual DanceParty!
More than 100 Kiddie Academy locations across the country will be hosting this free, fun-filled event on Saturday, January 28 beginning at 10 a.m. Families should visit www.kiddieevents.com/danceparty to find a participating location near them.
This popular event is designed to encourage children and parents to explore the physical and mental health benefits of dance while also highlighting the ways in which Kiddie Academy's Life Essentials® curriculum builds on the young child's natural love of music, stories, movement and pretend play. "Music is a powerful stimulant that affects children – as well as adults – in many positive ways," said Richard Peterson, vice president of education for Kiddie Academy. "Dance has a positive social-cultural influence, as most will evolve socially as they dance, offering an emotional connection to their peers, the music and their environment. This is why dance is such a formidable mood-booster and teaching tool for young children."
"At Kiddie Academy, we always look for ways to feed curiosity and foster an instinct to learn," said President of Kiddie Academy, Greg Helwig. "Our franchisees' involvement in DancyParty! is an example of how we encourage children to participate in activities designed to treat each experience as an opportunity to grow intellectually and emotionally."
During each event, Kiddie Academy staff members will teach different dances to attendees. The day then culminates in an energetic and exciting DanceParty! to showcase everyone's dance moves. All events are free and open to the public including current students, new friends and families who would like to partake in this fun and unique experience.
For a list of participating Kiddie Academy locations, or to reserve your spot to attend, please visit www.kiddieevents.com/danceparty. For more information about Kiddie Academy, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com.
About Kiddie Academy®
Since 1981, Kiddie Academy has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, kindergarten, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy's proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for school and for life. Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in childcare. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.
About Kiddie Academy® Franchising
Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising is based in Maryland and has more than 170 academies located in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Approximately 30 new locations opened in 2016, and 35 more are expected to open in 2017 bringing Kiddie Academy's network to more than 200 open and operating locations next year. For more information, visit franchising.kiddieacademy.com.
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