When a parent is considering different types of activities to enroll their children in, dance lessons often make the top of the list, especially for little girls. In fact, for many children, it is a sort of rite of passage to go through a few years of dance lessons. It doesn’t matter which type of dancing your child does, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, or ballroom, there are many wonderful benefits for children who take dance lessons. Keep reading to learn what every parent needs to know about dance lessons:
Is Your Child Ready For Dance Lessons?
Each child is different and will be ready for ballet classes or other dance lessons at different ages. While many parents put their kids in dancing school when they are 3, it might not be the best idea. You must consider your child’s emotional maturity and personality to decide if she is ready. If you force a child to dance when he or she isn’t ready, especially little ones that are extremely shy or otherwise very uncomfortable with the situation, they will most likely be discouraged and won’t want to dance at all. If your child is pretty outgoing, can follow directions, enjoys the company of other kids, and is generally excited about the prospect of taking dance lessons, then go ahead and give it a try.
Deciding on A Dance Style
Once you’ve decided your child is ready for dancing lessons, you should first think about what style of dance your child would like to learn. Most young girls begin with ballet while boys enjoy hip hop classes. Younger dancers typically take a combination class of tap and ballet or ballet and jazz. Ask a local dance teacher if your child can try out a couple different dance classes to see which ones he or she prefers.
Choosing A Dance School
Next, you want to choose a dance school, also called a dance studio. With dancing lessons being very popular, most parents will find several schools in their local area. Start by visiting each school. Talk to the teachers and see which ones you feel would be best to instruct your child. Not all schools are created equal, so you want to make sure you choose a good one. During your visits, look around the facilities and make notes of which schools are neat and clean. Ask about class length and times, tuition costs, recitals, and their dance philosophy. Then choose the school that you feel will provide your child with the highest quality of dance instruction in an environment that he or she will flourish in. Don’t forget to ask if the school has any dance clothes requirements.
Benefits of Dance Lessons
It’s obvious that dance lessons are a fun way to get some exercise. Did you know that ballet dancing burns between 380 and 450 calories per hour? Hip Hop dancing for an hour can burn as much as 610 calories. And tap dancing can burn up to 700 calories per hour, depending on the amount of effort used, pace, and steps per hour.
Dance lessons are also a wonderful way to expose children to rhythm, music, and movement, which fosters language and math skills. Even doing the hokey-pokey can help a child build her vocabulary and body awareness.
Dancing helps children develop poise and confidence, build self-esteem, teach social skills, and will help develop self-discipline. Dance lessons also provide children with a creative outlet where they can pretend and exhibit self-expression. Dancing with other children provides a team environment but also teaches them cooperation and how to follow instructions from an authority figure.
Additional benefits of dancing lessons include:
• Improve heart and lung stamina
• Improve coordination, flexibility, balance, agility, and spatial awareness
• Improve a sense of rhythm
• Improve moods and general and psychological well being
As you can see, there are many benefits from enrolling your child into a local dancing school. If you have any questions about providing your child with dance lessons, call your local dance studio. They’d be happy to help you.