Does dance really grow big brains? Well, not exactly – but it neuroscientists have proven that kinesthetics (movement) do stimulate the brain, and perhaps even the growth of new brain cells, particularly in children! According to neuropsychologist Eric Jensen, kinesthetic arts “contributes to the development and enhancement of critical neurobiological systems… including cognition.” This may be connected to the part of the brain that allows children to learn languages, for example, more readily than adults.

Jensen, E. (2000). Brain-based learning: A reality check. Educational Leadership, 57(7), p. 76f.