What can my child expect from a class?
Classes will be 45 minutes. This is an optimal amount of time for young children to remain engaged and focused while also allowing sufficient time for all the elements of a dance class without feeling rushed or hurried.
Learn Basics of Dance
Each class will build on the next to allow children the opportunity to build a repertoire of basic dance movements. This will include a warm up and cool down as well as barre and center exercises. While many ballet movements will be used and learned, these movements will support young dancers in building a strong foundation to support any form of dance they may pursue in the future.
develop Musicality & creative expression
Dance is art in motion. In addition to learning the physical movements, each class will focus on building the young dancer’s awareness and knowledge of how to link movement to music in a way that is expressive and emotive. They will learn basics to support their exploration of dance as art and creative expression.
Dance is a powerful teacher
Dance is a great alternative to team based sports and supports both important physical, mental and social development in your child. Below is an outline of all the benefits dance can bring to your child in a setting that is both fun and engaging!
Supports physical development for lifelong health
Dance truly is a complete work out combing strength, flexibility and aerobic activity. As stated by Healthy Families BC: “Children need to be active every day to promote their healthy growth and development. Kids who establish healthy lifestyle patterns at a young age will carry them – and their benefits – forward for the rest of their lives.”
Dance requires children to use muscle control in various postures and requires balance. This develops muscle tone and supports a strong foundation of coordination, balance and posture as well as developing strong bones and joints. Dance also promotes flexibility, which aids in the prevention of injuries.
Plus 60 minutes of physical activity daily, that gets the heart pumping, promotes maintenance of healthy weight, and this in turn supports reduced risk of childhood diabettes, promotes cardiovascular health and optimal immune functioning.
Promotes mental health and development
Learning and holding basic dance postures assists in developing mental focus, concentration and discipline. These are critical mental functions for life and scholastic achievement. Research has even shown dancers to out perform their non-dance counterparts in school achievement.
The focus of dance on using the body to create artistry and beauty teaches children to be comfortable in their bodies and to love and respect them. This, combined with learning to perform in front of peers and family, builds self confidence and self esteem in young children.
In addition, dance combines physical activity with creative expression and teaches young children how to express emotions in a healthy way. This supports the development of emotional regulation and stress management, which will support mental health throughout their life.
Contributes to building social skills and healthy social interaction
Young dancers will learn to dance both individually and as a group. Dancing in a group requires a high degree of coordination and cooperation with others, which builds trust and comradery. Helping them to feel part of a supportive and inclusive community where they can be themselves.
Dance also encourages children to learn to express themselves beyond just words. This helps children to develop emotional intelligence. A high level of emotional intelligence helps your child use feelings to identify and solve challenges, communicate with others, and make decisions.
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