Dance is a wonderful, life-long sport. It is something that you can start when you are a tiny child, and enjoy all the way into your elderly years. Many parents have a desire to put their child in dance classes, but wonder if it is worth the investment. Here are some reasons why investing in dance is advantageous.
1. Great Team Sport
Many children would like to be a part of a team, but either are not interest in or do not enjoy traditional sports. However, learning how to work within a team are important aspects of growth and social development. In dance, you have a group of people who rely on each other to make the dance look beautiful. Of course, if you are dancing a solo this does not apply, but the majority of dancing in done in groups or with a partner. You must form your body, your moves, and your rhythm to match the team. This helps to teach the child cooperation and teamwork, and gives them the feeling that they are a part of something bigger than themselves.
2. Rhythm and Coordination
Another major advantage to learning dance is that it can help to teach rhythm and coordination to people who may not otherwise have an aptitude for the arts. In dance, you are not creating music, like you would if you were singing or playing the violin, but you can become part of the music. Children learn to feel the beat with their feet and arms, and can learn how to move their body in a way that coordinates with music. This is easier to teach when the children are young.
Second, dance is a great way to master coordination. This skill can help with other sports and things in life. Many athletes take ballet and dance classes to learn control of the body and become more coordinated and flexible.
3. A Positive Outlet
Lastly, dance can offer a positive outlet for the child. The arts are a great way to communicate. Unlike traditional sports, dance involves both the body in an athletic exercise, while letting the child communicate their emotions in way other than with speech. For children who may have a hard time expressing themselves, or are dealing with intense emotions that they might feel, this can be invaluable. This is why so many people are drawn to dance because it is good for your health, and good for your soul.
By understanding these things you can determine if dance classes are right for your child.