Many children’s activities can teach them skills and life lessons. If your child is in a ballet/creative ballet class with a great teacher, this could form a relationship and teach the child the lessons they will need as they grow. This could be an amazing experience for your child with music, movement, beauty, grace, fun, props, and lots of energy.
Ballet Class offers a greater range of motion, coordination, endurance and strength than most other physical activities, according to the National Dance Education Organization.
Ballet class can improve posture, flexibility, coordination, grace, and strength.
Ballet class can teach children discipline and confidence that can help them mature emotionally.
Ballet class has 3 major cognitive benefits: it expands vocabulary from learning the French names of steps, it develops musicality and rhythm encouraging children to move their bodies to the music, and lastly it improves memory from memorizing steps.
Children improve their social skills and increases poise.. The Miami Royal Ballet suggests that ballet encourages kids to form new friendships. Ballet teachers can also be positive role models for young children.
Ballet can also teach young children life lessons:
- Space Awareness- Teaching children to stay in their space using markers, spots, shapes. This can help with future conflicts in school.
- Taking Turns- Dancers learn to take turns going across the dance floor, talking to a teacher. Learning this skill is very important to help them learn how to interact with others.
- Standing in Line- Students stand in line throughout dance class. This teaches organization and uniformity.
- Listening- Dancers are taught to listen more than speak. They need to listen to the teacher and music, Good listening skills is one of the most important skills you can teach a child.
- Respect– Respecting other dancers and your teacher is a big part of dance class. Teachers also teach students to always clap for each other and never make fun of someone. The positive feedback from fellow students will build confidence in children and they enjoy a safe environment.
- Good Posture- Dancers are taught to keep their head up, stand up straight with their shoulders back. Dance classes in young children gives them awareness of their bodies and creates good posture and body language.
- Following directions– Dancing is one of the activities that a child must follow directions of the choreographer, the music, other dancers and their bodies.
Erin offers the following ballet & movement classes at Waddle n Swaddle: