I may be a little biased when it comes to dance as it was one of my greatest joys in life, but I do believe the benefits of children taking dance lessons when they are young are massive. Here are some of the fundamental benefits of dance.
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Dance requires an immense amount of discipline. You have to attend a high number of classes, follow the dress code and learn the positions involved. There is little wiggle room, especially in ballet. Having a good understanding of discipline can benefit other areas of their lives as well. In all aspects of life, there will be rules and codes that have to followed and if you have developed your discipline, it won’t be difficult to adjust to them.
How you carry yourself can convey a lot. Ballerinas have such a beautiful and confident posture. So many people struggle with bad posture from a young age and it affects their quality of life later on. As ballet dancers, your default is to have a straight back and shoulders down and back. This is a much more ideal posture than hunched shoulders, which is a default for most people.
Confidence and bravery
Not a lot of people know how much confidence and bravery that is needed to get up on a stage and dance in front of hundreds of people. For me, I get a hell of a rush from it. There is literally not a feeling in the world quite like it and it cannot be explained. I am always SUPER pumped after a performance!!!
Keeps kids out of trouble
When I spoke to my parents about how my sister and I were always busy in our days as kids, they said a busy child doesn’t get up to nonsense. By having ballet classes almost everyday as well as school, sport, music and flute lessons, there was never any time to get into any trouble. This can keep your kids sheltered from some of the nastier things in life. I never got into partying too much (until I was of age and left school of course), drugs, gangs, any of it because I was kept busy all the time.
Dance is an amazing thing and I honestly believe all kids should do a little of it. What do you think of these benefits?
Until next time…