Is your child constantly dancing around the house or pretending to be a ballerina? Do they express interest in taking dance classes like their school friends? Maybe you aren’t sure if they are old enough or if they will be good at it. At any age, the only thing that matters is that your child is willing to try. For younger students, dance classes can help them as they develop fine motor coordination and listening and social skills. A dance class can help them play with movement and gain body awareness.
If your child is older, around 10 or 11, you may be asking whether or not they are too old to begin dance classes. We believe that it is never too late. It’s important for older students to gain skills quickly and catch up with other students their age by taking multiple classes a week.
Even if your child does not pursue a professional dance career, there are many benefits to participating in dance classes. Children who participate in the arts for at least three hours or three days a week:
- Are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.
- Are 3 times more likely to be elected to a class office at school.
- Are 4 times more likely to participate in a math or science fair.
- Are 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance.
- Are 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem.
- Are twice as likely to read for pleasure.
- Are four times more likely to perform community service.
(Americans for the Arts, https://www.americansforthearts.org/research)
Students need to be well-rounded, and participating in dance classes is a great way to help your child engage with their peers, learn valuable skills, and have fun.
To learn more about our dance classes for all ages, contact us today!