Is your child movin’ and groovin’ every time you play music? Does he or she show interest in music and dance? Learn how to introduce your child to the wonderful world of dance!
Dance seems to be everywhere these days. From reality television shows to the big screen… people love to watch good dancers.
There are so many benefits to dancing. Dance promotes fitness, health and good posture. Dance class teaches your child discipline and respect, and enhances social development and listening skills. Children who take class become aware of space and movement, while learning how to control their body’s energy through technique and training, It can also build focus and concentration for your child.
Dance class lets children move around and communicate with each other. The entire class works off one another’s energy and personalities to learn and perform.
Dance helps children to engage with their own bodies, channel their energy, and ignite their creative expression… which helps develop confidence and self-esteem.
It is a wonderful activity for children.
Once you decide to have your child start dancing, you may want to enroll him or her in a class. When searching for a dance studio, call around (or search the Web) and find out what works best for you and your child. Questions to ask include:
– Does the studio offer different styles of dance, or do they focus on one style such as ballet?
– Do they offer recreational dance, or competitive? Or both?
– Location? A studio located close by may offer added convenience
Once you have a possible studio in mind, plan a visit and ask to observe a class in session.
Class lessons are best for your child. They will learn to work in unison with a group. Competition is good for the dance student, and will make he or she grow into a more enthusiastic dancer.
Most dance studios offer classes for students of all school ages, and many studios start lessons for children at age 2 – 3. Studios may have “Tiny Tots”, “Mommy and Me” or Creative Movement classes. For instance, my studio has “Movin’ 2 the Music”. Classes range between 20 and 30 minutes… just enough time to keep the child interested.
Often parents will ask, “Should my son take dance lessons?” It is equally important for boys to have the same opportunity to learn good timing, good coordination, and to build healthy bodies to prepare for any kind of sport or profession. I know my son Rocco loves dancing, and is already enrolled for fall!
Above all, dance can be a rewarding experience for your child, and most importantly… lots of fun!
Guest Article provided by Charlee T. Campbell. Charlee, Owner/Director/Choreographer/Dance Instructor is from W. Des Moines, IA. She has danced for 32 years, taught for 19 years and choreographed professionally for 17 years. Charlee has extensive training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, Pointe and tumbling. She trained at numerous studios in the Des Moines area and later at Moore School of Dance. She continues her training by participating in several conventions each year. Her studies have included: Gus Giordano’s, University of Arizona, Steps on Broadway, Chicago, World Jazz Dance Congress and the University of Iowa. She has participated in many competitions where she was a consistent national high-point winner. Since high school, Charlee has had the opportunity to choreograph for college dance teams, fundraisers, Swinging in Des Moines, telethons, high school musicals, show choirs, TV commercials, gymnastics floor routines, figure skating, and local dance schools and their competition teams. She has also served as a judge for regional dance and dance team competitions, and was the Waukee Varsity Dance Team coach for three years. For more information visit: www.eliteschoolofdance.com