Start Your Child in Dance

Dance lessons can be very exciting for kids as well as parents. Children, boys and girls, can learn self confidence, self discipline, poise and grace. If introduced at an early age, kids will be more likely to develop a love for the arts. Dancing can also be a ton of fun.

Deciding when to start:

Deciding when to start your child in dance is always different for each child. Some think starting a child as early as possible is the best. Toddlers usually start in “creative movement” classes instead of more structured ones. For children 4 or 5 years old it is best to consider their emotion maturity first. Can they handle being in a class with others. Don’t force your child into anything if they are not comfortable. If they are ready, starting at an early age is the best.

Finding a studio:

When choosing a studio there are many things to consider. With the popularity of dancing growing in recent years there should be many studios around to choose from. Make a list of the ones you are interested in and visit each one. Do research into all of them and see which one fits you and your child the best.

Choosing a dance style:

If your child always dreamed of becoming a ballerina, then start them in ballet. But ballet is just one of the many different of dance styles to choose from. A lot of instructors offer mixed classes for the younger dancers. Usually half on the class they learn ballet and the other half they learn tap or jazz. Ask the dance teacher if your child can try a few different classes before deciding. You might be surprised by what your child finds interesting.

Dressing for the dance class:

One of the most exciting part for some kids is what they get to wear. If you are not sure what you child will need simply ask the teacher. There may be a certain uniform or specific colors for their tights and leotards. Make sure to involve your child in the shopping. Allow them to choose their favorites. And always have your child try on the leotards, because they usually run smaller in size then most clothing.

Have Fun:

While dancing should be a joy, it is also a lot of hard work. Your young children should see dancing as a fun experience not a chore. If they are not having fun then maybe you should rethink taking classes. Watch them to see if they are smiling.