The Benefits of Dance Classes for Children
Young children naturally enjoy moving around, and it can sometimes seem difficult just to keep an eye on them. But teaching them how to control their energy and keep in control of their bodies can be extremely difficult and stressful for parents. In our Little Steps Kindergarten Dance Classes however, their hyperactivity can be utilized as a teaching method to show them how to focus their attention to one activity and control themselves. Four of the following benefits of dance are not only helpful while in the studio, but important to know as they enter school classrooms and extracurricular activities.
Having the ability to control the your actions is an important learning curve for young children, and dance is one of the best methods to do this. With the focused and repetitive nature of dance classes, children will be taught how to control their bodies and perfect certain motions. By repeating the same movement, their bodies will begin to strengthen particular muscles and have better control over them. This is especially helpful for children who are naturally in constant motion, but don’t yet understand how to stay in control of their energy.
Similar to muscle control, coordination is a learned skill and does not come naturally to most children. One of the greatest benefits of dance is learning how to coordinate certain parts of the body, and to be able to control these motions. Skills like standing on a single leg, or even distributing weight unevenly while still staying stable, are taught in dance classes. In our introductions to Ballet and Creative movement, young dancers will be taught these coordination skills, and this development will allow them to do more technique driven dance styles.
With young children particularly, learning how to listen and pay attention to authority figures who are outside their family can be difficult. This is a task normally given to kindergarten teachers, but when enrolled in dance classes at a young age this can be taught earlier. In our little steps dance classes, a maximum of 15 children are taught and monitored by both a teacher and an assistant. This gives children two new figures to learn to listen to, in an environment that features a smaller ratio of children to authority figures than a classroom. Little dancers will quickly realize that when they don’t listen to instructions, they aren’t able to understand what is going on and participate in the fun that their classmates are. Learning to listen comes with repeated practice, and that is exactly what our dance classes provide children with.
For young children without family members or friends close in age, it can be difficult to learn to cooperate with others. One of the greatest benefits about dance classes is that children are placed with dancers who are close to their own age, and are challenged to cooperate with others. Be it sharing floor space or picking which order the dancers are placed in, children learn to cooperate with one another and work in a team. This is a fantastic way for young children to learn socialization skills, especially if they are shy or nervous.
There are many other benefits of dance for young children. Helping them to learn to control their bodies, strengthen their muscles, and create friendships with children their own age are all important aspects to healthy childhood development. To learn more about our little steps dance program for children aged 3-4, or to enrol your child in the next cycle of dance classes, contact us today!