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How dancing can help children learn

Research suggests that dancing has a positive impact on learning – and, as Simon Creasey finds, we really need to collectively start throwing some shapes in the school yard

Dancing helps learning - so maybe we need to start throwing some shapes in break time, writes Simon Creasey

If you’re one of the few people who hasn’t seen the viral video of Chinese school principal Zhang Pengfei, then check it out now.

In the clip, which has been viewed by millions of people, Pengfei leads his pupils through a mesmerising choreographed dance routine in the school yard. He decided to teach the kids the shuffle-dance routine, as he was concerned that they were spending too much time staring at screens rather than exercising.

But what he perhaps didn’t realise was that while he was giving students a physical workout, he was also giving them a mental workout that could – apparently ...

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