All four of our daughters dance – a lot. Between the four of them, they are racking up an average of 8 hours a week of classes in genres such as ballet, RAD ballet, tap, jazz, commercial jazz and contemporary. In addition to that, they have singing, drama and musical theatre classes too. We don’t force this upon them, they actively wanted to take on all this and there are some excellent reasons why we think it’s great.
It’s class observations for us at the moment with it being the last week of term and it got me thinking about why our girls dance. Here I’ve listed 86 reasons why dance is a really great hobby for your children to get into.
Without a doubt, dance brings out confidence in kids. At first, they may be shy and reserved but a good dance teacher will encourage them and they will break out of their shell. I’ve seen it with not only our girls but with other children too.
As they learn and develop their technique children will grow in confidence. Learning how to express themselves is what dance is all about.
There’s no greater feeling that confidence and having enough of it to go out on stage in a dance competition for the first time at 15 must mean something. That’s what our eldest did recently.
There’s also body confidence. Us human beings come in all shapes and sizes and there’s no such thing as a typical dancers body. Developing confidence in your own skin is vital.
2) Body eduction
A good dance school will not only teach the right technique but will also educate children about the human body. Understanding human mechanics is fantastic knowledge to have and this helps them to develop better technique and continue to improve.
Out girls learn all sorts from dance classes that you wouldn’t immediately think of as dance related. But, I’ve come to realise that just as a footballer can get injured – so can a dancer. It’s as much a sport as it is an art form and it’s important to learn how to maintain your body condition.
3) Social & friendship
Being part of a dance school requires social skills. Being able to work together in a team, not only with friends but maybe people you don’t get on with is a life skill.
Our girls have built amazing friendships with other kids at their dance school. In fact some of their best friends we made there and they don’t go to the same regular school during the day. A shared passion is a great bedrock to a friendship.
4) Health & fitness
It’s a sad fact that the children of today do not get enough physical exercise. Taking dance classes will certainly tick the box on the recommended activity levels and help to promote a healthy lifestyle.
5) Time management
If your child takes a few classes like ours do then learning to manage their time is crucial. Our eldest daughter is doing her GCSEs now so she really has to ensure she makes enough time for study around her dancing. Time management is definitely a like skill worth developing from a young age.
Being organised with dance kit and the class scheduled is important. Turning up on time, ready to dance, with your hair done as required take organisation. Our girls don’t always get it spot on but it’s a skill they are constantly developing.
Being a disciplined dancer is important. There are rules to follow and learning the discipline required helps things run smoothly. But you also have to be disciplined to practice at home for dance exams and competitions. Learning this kind of discipline is also a key life skill.
They have fun. Probably the most important thing of all. I’ve been attending the watching week classes this week. During the last week of term, parents can go watch their children in classes. The biggest thing I enjoy is seeing how much they enjoy what they are doing.
Many of the skills learnt through dance can be taken throughout life. Life skills are vitally important and the ones learnt through dancing can be applied in school and any career, not only that of a dancer.
Thanks for reading.