What Are Some Benefits of Irish Dance? Increased Physical Skills... Developing body control and coordination, great exercise. Increased Mental Skills... Listening, following directions, increasing attention span, memorizing steps. A Healthy Competitive Spirit... Increasing the child's desire to do well and to the best of his/her ability. Self-Esteem... Increasing the child's confidence, developing "stage presence". Lasting Friendships... Not only with classmates, but through performing and competing, meeting children from all parts of the city, state, and country. Promoting Irish Culture... A revival of Irish identity and tradition began in the 1960s. While a young dancer may not comprehend this particular benefit while training, this revival continues!