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 an 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.