Your son or daughter has expressed a desire to try something new. While sports have typically been the go-to in situations like this, participating in dance classes have dramatically risen in popularity.
There are many different types of dance classes that you can enroll your child in such as hip-hop, tap, and jazz. However, participating in ballet classes has historically yielded many benefits and below are some of them.
1. Improves posture & overall fitness
Children are engaged in a range of activities at an early age that helps to enhance their skeletal and muscular systems and consequently improves their posture. Ballet dancing requires tremendous power and body coordination and will definitely allow these improvements to continue.
Activities during ballet classes involve jumping and leaping. These movements help to boost blood flow and overall cardiovascular health while still strengthening their endurance. They will achieve correct postural alignment and flexibility through body stretches such as straddle and butterfly stretches. These health benefits go beyond the dance studio. They help to set your child up to enjoy healthy living as he/she enters into adulthood.
2. Fosters discipline
Ballet dancing is among the few dance styles that require each dancer to adhere to specific rules geared towards turning them into strong performers. Through ballet classes, you will introduce your child to another authoritative figure different from you. The level of discipline nurtured between your child and the instructor will prove beneficial in many situations later in life, allowing them to understand and appreciate guidance and instruction given by another person.
Similar to many other situations in life, in ballet classes there is always a consequence for misbehaving. This will teach your child to be accountable for their actions. Your child will learn tremendous work ethic and what it takes to be a successful dancer.
3. Helps to boost self-esteem
Ballet classes have helped timid girls and boys to come out of their shell and be confident about what they do. Children enjoy themselves and cherish the moments when they try new activities and see their hard work pay off.
Some ballet movements may prove challenging to your child at first. However, through practice and discipline, they will finally master the skills, making them feel more confident and self-assured. The sense of pride attained through such accomplishments will help them face challenging situations later in life.
4. Improves focus & critical thinking
Apart from physical benefits, ballet also features many cognitive benefits. Children who engage in ballet classes are trained to pay more attention to detail and stay focused throughout the entire session or performance. Your child will learn how to translate the emotions of particular music with their body movements which definitely is not an easy thing to do.
More exposure on stage will boost your child’s sensory awareness. They will be conscious of their actions and learn from their mistakes. Additionally, your child will learn to work under pressure and such skills are invaluable to your child’s growth.
5. Enhances social skills
Ballet engages children in lots of activities that involve interacting with others which will help to strengthen their social skills. They will learn how to coordinate with their colleagues during a performance, allowing them to build their teamwork skills.
Interaction with peers will also help improve their communication skills. They will be introduced to a wide range of vocabulary associated with ballet dance thus helping them express themselves with ease and overcoming any shyness. More importantly, your child will be able to forge new friendships and since it will be based on a shared interest, friends he/she makes could potentially last a lifetime.