It’s safe to say most parents want their children to be involved in activities that motivate and inspire them and dance is no different. Many parents wonder if and when their child should begin dance classes. The answer is there’s really never a wrong time to start however there are certain things to keep in mind.
The earlier a child’s gifts or talents are discovered, the longer he/she has to improve, nurture and perfect that gift. Exposing your children to the arts, athletics, etc. at a young age is very helpful to their success in that activity. What can start out as a hobby could lead to a career path or become an outlet that is crucial to a healthy well-being?
Dance, in particular, is wonderful for young children in that it teaches discipline, it’s physical, expressive and can get out a ton of energy. It’s fun for kids who enjoy being with other children but who also like to be challenged individually. Dance is also a great way to introduce children to the importance of commitment and experiencing what progress feels and looks like when that commitment is seen through.
Dance is a fantastic way to express oneself when words cannot. Not only can it present challenges and goals but often with hard work, students can achieve these goals, therefore, building and sustaining self-esteem. Especially with the day to day pressure of school and adolescent life in general, dance is often an outlet for kids to decompress and de-stress in a healthy, productive way.