If you have kids, you may be wondering about the best way to channel their seemingly boundless energy. While traditional team sports are a good way to get your kids physically active, they may not sound fun for some children. Dance classes are a great alternative to team sports, and most schools offer lessons for. Participating in dance classes can be beneficial for kids of all ages. Dance isn’t solely about competition or winning awards. Many children dance simply for enjoyment and exercise. It is a wonderful activity for kids, capable of fostering a positive self image in both girls and boys. Dancing is a joy, but it is also hard work. When your child is young, dance classes should be viewed as a fun experience, not as a chore. Watch your child during a class to make sure he or she is smiling and having fun.
The most obvious benefit of dance for children is that they are active. Dancers move across the floor, spin, stretch, jump and leap into the air. Children who want to become active but eschew hard-core sports like running and football might find their place on the dance floor. In addition to being a physical activity, dancing is also a highly social activity. Dance lessons can help children improve their social and communication skills, learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation and make new friends. If your child is shy, enrolling her in dance can encourage her to reach out to other children her age and help to reduce her anxiety about new people or places. Children build more confidence. They become less concerned with body image and more focused on simply performing for enjoyment. As children adjust to the movements and postures required in dance, they begin to get a better sense of their bodies. As they become more comfortable in their own skin, their confidence and self-esteem improve. Dance can also help to alleviate fears related to performing in front of an audience. Dance lessons can teach a child self discipline, poise and grace. A child introduced to dance at an early age will likely develop a love of the arts and a passion for rhythm and movement. Most importantly, dancing is lots of fun! Dancing is an aerobic form of exercise. For children who are overweight, it can potentially help them to lose weight and improve their eating habits.
Becoming a skilled dancer requires practice, discipline and focus, skills that can be useful in other areas of your child’s life. Children who dance are more likely to be focused after practice. Performing not only builds discipline but also improves memory. Children are expected to learn basic routines for performances and practice. There are many benefits of dancing, including fitness, developing balance, losing weight, understanding the importance of being active, building confidence and developing expressive skills. Dancing has gained a lot of popularity in recent years, so you will probably have to look for the schools which provide best dance classes. Make a list of the possibilities and then visit each one. All dance programs are not created equally…do your research to ensure your child receives the highest quality of dance instruction. Improving skills for working with school children is not really a magic trick. It comes down to thoughtful practice and assessment of what works and what does not. Try to anticipate problems or situations that may arise and rehearse your manner of giving instructions just as you would rehearse the combination that you are giving the class. The good news is that dance classes are great for teaching kids etiquette and structure. These manners go a long way throughout the rest of their lives and should be reinforced at home. The more respectful everyone is in class, the easier it is to learn and have a good time. A common mistake in teaching classes with young children is to spend too much time on a single activity. Children are easily distracted and their attention wanes quickly. Always plan for more activities, if you see that you are “losing them,” do the kids and yourself a favor by wrapping it up and moving on to the next activity.

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