New dance parents often ask me: “What will my child get from being a dancer? I don’t think she’ll be a professional so how can it help her? What will it do for her?” I gave it some thought and came up with ten key points that I think really tell the story. I’ll start with what I think is the least important all the way to the most important.
10- Strength- Dancers develop full body strength from the core to the extremities that can be used both in the studio and in everyday life.
9- Flexibility- Stretching to lengthen the muscles is a part of every dance class and improves posture.
8- Poise- Dancers learn how to relax their nerves and channel their adrenaline when taking the stage or stepping in front of a crowd to perform. They learn composure under pressure or excitement.
7- Discipline- Students learn the structure of a dance class as well as how to follow rules and work within a set of standards.
6- Artistry- Dance is an art. Through movement dancers learn how to express thoughts, emotions, stories, concepts, images, and more. No two dancers are alike and everyone’s individual interpretation, understanding, and expression of movement create individual artistic voices and unique perspective.
5- Perseverance- A dancer will never achieve perfection but will always strive for it. There is always a new goal to achieve and a new level to reach. The drive to continue to reach greater heights teaches dancers to never give up and to strive for excellence.
4-Resilience- When learning or trying something new, dancers will often fall. The key is learning to get back up. It is bouncing back from the failed attempts that allow the dancer to improve and grow.
3- Giving- One of the greatest aspects of having a passion is being able to use it for good. Giving back to your community through dance is a wonderful gift. Charity performances, fundraising events, and sharing your art with the community through performing can bring joy to those who need it and inspire many.
2- Team-work- The dance studio is like a family. Classmates route for, support, and help each other. Every dancer is an important member of the class or company and working together is essential in training, rehearsing a piece, and bringing it to the stage.
1-Confidence- Confidence is built through setting goals and achieving them. For a small child in a dance class this is the pride he/she feels when accomplishing a step for the first time. For a seasoned, pre-professional dancer it is the pride that the dancer feels when cleanly performing a turning combination that he/she has been rehearsing for months. Confidence develops by seeing and feeling the improvements from day to day, month to month, and year to year. It is strengthened by standing on a stage and owning the moment. It is proving to yourself that you can succeed in small and big ways all the time.
IDA welcomes dancers ages 3-Adult to our well-regarded dance classes. Our classes are offered for all ages and levels in a variety of styles at our Fort Washington studio and our brand new Plymouth Meeting studio. Many thanks for stopping by.