Learn to dance at one of the best dance schools in Blackpool. We have a great range of classes for all ages, and amazing facilities. Check out why to dance with AVR below:
Dancing At AVR
While traditional team sports are a great way to get your kids physically active, they may not be right for everyone. Dance classes are a wonderful alternative to team sports and participating in dance classes can have benefits for children of all ages.
Improved Physical Health:
Dancing is a extremely physical activity, and children who have dance lessons regularly should expect to see a significant improvement in their overall physical health.
Regular dance practice can increase your child’s:
- Range of motion
- Physical strength
The repetitive movements involved in dance can also improve:
- Muscle tone
- Correct poor posture
- Increase balance and coordination
- Improve overall cardiovascular health
- Dancing is an aerobic form of exercise.
- For children who are overweight, it can also help them to lose weight and improve their eating habits.
At a young age, children understand that movement can be used as a response to an idea or problem. This creates a cognitive link to a solution or outcome. This type of cognitive development creates an awareness of how to function in the world. For example, it is very common in dance classes for children to be taught to leap over a “river” (scarf or mat) so they don’t get wet. This idea achieves several different concepts; leg extension, transferring weight, problem solving, imagination, balance, space recognition, etc. The idea is that physical expression or solutions give young ones another way to handle the world while their verbal communication develops.
In addition to being a physical activity, dancing is also a highly social activity. Dance lessons can help children improve their social skills and enable them to communicate better, learn teamwork, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation and make new friends.
As children adjust to the movements and postures required in dance, they begin to get a better sense of their bodies. Children who participate in dance also tend to have better self esteem.
Becoming a skilled dancer requires practice, discipline and focus which are all skills that can be applied to other areas in life. Students who regularly participate in dance lessons typically tend to perform better academically than their nonparticipating peers.
Because dancing is also an art form, children are learning how to creatively express their emotions as well. There are endless opportunities to share and be aware of various emotions as students experience one another and themselves through movement.
Ballet is a classical dance form, which embodies grace and precision. It encourages an awareness of the body whilst developing technique and strengthening the core. Movement is generally flowing and incorporates a variety of jumps and turns. Ballet lessons work the entire body and help improve flexibility, muscle strength and posture.
Tap dance is characterised by using the sounds of the shoe striking the floor as a form of percussion and focuses largely on rhythm and precise footwork. Tap engages your entire body and is great for strengthening your legs and improving co-ordination. During lessons students work on their performance ability whilst developing a greater understanding of interpreting music.
Modern dance originally evolved from ballet, but now the forms are very different. Modern focuses on technique for the whole body and can help improve strength, flexibility and stamina. Movement in modern is much more dynamic, where set exercises or dances could include slow, graceful movement as well as stronger, quicker movements. Classes in modern at AVR encourage an awareness of the body, through improving technique and performance ability.
Acro lessons at AVR are about developing and mastering the technique needed for tumble lessons. During acro lessons, students work on their strength and understanding of their body in order to safely develop their tricks in tumble lessons. Students learn the correct terminology through structured classess, where the importance of warming up the body properly is encouraged and enforced. Through Acro lessons, students also develop greater strength and flexibility.
Tumble follows on from Acro, which must be attended in order to take the Tumble lesson. During these lessons students develop their tricks, including tucks, handsprings and aerials, among others. Students are fully supported as they progress with their tricks and are offered encouragement and guidance in order to safely carry out each trick.
‘Fired’ at AVR encompasses our street dance lessons. These lessons are less rigid in set work and give students a chance to express themselves, outside of a set dance curriculum. Street dance covers a variety of styles and techniques, including more commercial dance, and is upbeat in pace and rhythm, often to more current music. ‘Fired’ at AVR helps encourage our students to express themselves and improves stamina and performance, through high energy classes and routines.
‘Floor Fellas’ is AVR’s break dancing lessons, open to all of our students. Break dancing is energetic and athletic, developing the strength of the students and their creativity. Students are taught a range of different movements and how to carry them out safely to avoid injury. Our ‘Floor Fellas’ classes are upbeat and help encourage students to come out of their comfort zone.
Our ‘Limbering’ and ‘Legs and Feet’ classes help further develop the technique of our dancers. Limbering focuses on enhancing the flexibility of the dancer, which in turn helps them in their other classes – particulary ballet, modern, acro/tumble and contemporary. Through limbering classes students gain a better understanding of their body and the importance of a warm up and safe stretching is reinforced. Our ‘Legs and Feet’ classes help to strengthen the body in order to get the best out of the dancer in their other lessons. These help improve the overall strength, technique and performance quality of our dancers both in exams and in shows.