• April 1, 2021

The benefits of formal dance training

With so many different activities available today, it is difficult to choose which ones are worth enrolling your child in. As a dance instructor, I am constantly competing with other childhood commitments such as basketball, tennis, gymnastics, and tennis, but as a parent, how do you know which activity will best follow your child?

It may be a bit biased, but there are many benefits to enrolling your child in formal dance training.

Before deciding which activity to let your child participate in, you need to assess your child’s likes and dislikes and his personality. Dancing is a very disciplined art form, and if your child is a free spirit, he can fight the stiffness of ballet. A hip hop class may be a more suitable option. Or maybe something like swimming or playing tennis would do better. Obviously, your child has to enjoy the activities he chooses, or there will be no interest and effort and time and monetary distribution will be wasted.

Formal dance training is very beneficial as a form of exercise for fitness, as well as for the development of muscle control and coordination. In the early development years of the child, this is essential. A few years of good ballet training will set you apart and help you in all aspects of your balance and control, strength, and general fitness.

Dancing also adds that balance, posture, and grace that you won’t get from participating in any other form of sport. You can always watch the dancers as they appear to be taller and look more confident in the crowd. Formal dance training will teach you to stand tall, improve your core strength, and correct faulty posture before it becomes a problem. Dancing makes you more aware of your own body and you learn what you are capable of and what kind of movement is not good for your body.

If you have a formal ballet training, you can learn any of the other dance forms with ease. Ballet gives you that basic foundation and a good technique that will be very useful if you want to do modern jazz or even ballroom and Latin American dance. The world will be your oyster, as you can easily adapt to whatever type of dance you really want to do.

Aside from all the benefits one gets from formal dance training, it is also a lot of fun. I have yet to meet a child who doesn’t enjoy being a princess, fairy, or king for a day, or one who doesn’t like visiting magical fantasy realms that dancing can transport you to.

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