Should I get my child involved in ballet? (Girls and Boys)

Miss Dance By Miss Dance, 18th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/y2f22puj/
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Ballet - every little girl's dream! Read on to find out why a dance class can benefit both young girls and boys!

Have you been looking for a new activity for your child?

Why not get him or her involved in dance? Ballet is a great for both girls and boys! As well as being a physical activity, it allows for creativity and a sense of artistry.

A young child, aged 3-6, will most likely attend 45-60-minute pre-ballet or creative movement classes. There, he or she will learn about basic elements of ballet such as stretching the feet or executing a plié, rhythm, spatial awareness and creative expression.

At the age of 6-8, children move into more formal ballet training; classes usually last for 60-75 minutes. They start to learn all the traditional ballet steps and movements, first at the barre and then in center, thereby increasing strength, balance, flexibility and grace.

Read more to find out about the benefits of ballet classes and what to do once you've decided to let your child attend.

Benefits

There are countless advantages to enrolling your child in ballet! Here are a few of them:

1. Creative expression: Dance can be a great way of expressing emotions. Especially children who are on the quiet side can really open up and express themselves in ballet class!

2. Posture: Have you ever seen a professional dancer on the street? They carry themselves with grace and poise, and always keep their back straight. Not only is this posture healthy, but it also boosts self-confidence and looks great!

3. Discipline: In a good ballet school, children will learn proper etiquette in a strict but friendly way. They will learn that as a dancer, being respectful is very important for success.

4. Exercise: When done right, ballet can be one of the most strenuous forms of exercise. Therefore, it is a great way to teach your child to keep fit from a young age! It can also be a lot more fun than simply working out in a gym.

5. Brain power: In addition to working the body, the mind is also trained in class. Over the years, dancers will learn to memorize longer and longer combinations and execute them correctly.

6. The Future: Who knows, maybe your child can make a carreer out of some part of dance? He or she could be a classical ballet dancer, but there are many other dance-related jobs a young person can choose, once he or she is involved in this activity! Check out my other article talking about dance-related jobs for more Information.

7. Fun! This may be the most important benefit of all: Your child will have fun in class, learning ballet alongside other young dancers.

What Now?

Now that you've decided to enroll your child in classes, what do you do next?

First of all, try to find an appropriate ballet studio close to where you live. The full list of requirements for a good studio is in a separate article, but here are some pointers:
-Classes labelled 'Advanced' are at least 90 minutes long and meet at least four times a week.
-Classes which are on pointe meet at least twice to thrice for 90 minutes.
-Pictures of performances show appropriate costumes and movements for each age group.
-Teachers and the studio owner have qualifications to teach dance.

Next, call to see if space is available and whether your child can try out a class before enrolling. If your little dancer likes the class, enroll him or her, and buy appropriate clothing. Many studios have a dress code; if not, buy ballet slippers, pink tights and a leotard for girls; ballet slippers, dark tights/ short pants and a tight shirt for boys.

The studio should be able to give you any further information you might need. Have fun watching your little dancer grow up!!

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Babies, Baby, Baby Ballet, Ballerina, Ballerina Slippers, Ballerinas, Ballet, Ballet Barre, Ballet Boy, Ballet Class, Ballet Girl, Ballet Lesson, Ballet Lessons, Dance, Dance Lesson, Dancers, Dances

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author avatar Miss Dance
I currently live in Switzerland, my passion is dance, especially ballet. In my articles I will try to share this passion with both established dancers and newbies :)

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