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Dance Classes Can Be Positive For Your Child

Posted by Brittany White on Oct 17, 2013 11:39:00 AM

dance classes kids2 resized 600For those of you who have seen Miley Cyrus’ MTV Video Music Award performance, you might have found yourselves a bit appalled at the former Disney star’s obscene actions. Some of you may even have wondered in horror “Is this how kids dance nowadays?” and find yourselves not wanting to let your own little ones get dancing experience. But no matter how cringe-worthy Cyrus’ performance was, rest assured that dance isn’t quite all that bad! In fact, it has been proven that dance can have a strong positive influence on your child, so don’t be deterred! Here are some of the ways dance can have a strong positive influence on your child.

 Improved Physical Health

Dancing is a remarkably physical activity, and kids who regularly attend dance classes should expect to see a vast improvement in their overall physical health. Benefits include increased flexibility, physical strength, range of motion, stamina, and better posture. For children who are slightly overweight, dance can help them become healthier and improve their eating habits!

 describe the imageSocialization Benefits

Dance is also an exceptionally social activity - many of our dancers have become best friends with other children in their classes! Dance classes can help children practice their social and communication skills, learn teamwork, and develop a greater sense of trust. If your little one is shy, we have heard from many parents that after taking dance lessons, their child has become much more outgoing and comfortable around new people and places. Dance can help overcome stage fright as well!

 Educational Benefits

As your dancer begins to blossom into a skilled dancer, they will learn discipline, focus, and skills that will be useful in other areas of his or her life. Dance lessons can help get those creative juices flowing and an appreciation for the arts. FamilyTalk magazine has estimated that students with a dance background tend to do academically better than students who don’t have a dance background. They are also said to do better in science and math competitions and are observed to achieve higher SAT scores.

 describe the imageImproved Self-Esteem

The more comfortable your little dancers get with their body, the more their self-esteem will improve. As they get more familiar with the movements and postures they learn in dance class, they start to get a better sense of their bodies. The skills they develop help them foster a more positive attitude and encourage them to explore self-expression. For children with physical or mental disabilities, this can be particularly beneficial.

 Even with the notorious dance reputation that celebrities are giving nowadays, it certainly does not have to be that way! Dance is can be profoundly beneficial, so why not give it a try today? You can sign up for one of our free trial classes today both in San Diego and Chicago - you and your little one will love it!

 

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Get Involved In Your Little Dancer’s Education!

Posted by Brittany White on Oct 10, 2013 10:36:00 AM

danceclasseskidsbacktoschoolThe school year has been underway for a while now but it is not too late to take advantage of the opportunity to get further involved in your child’s education! It can not only bring you closer to your child, but also keep you updated on their progress and see where they might be struggling with.  

For those of you with children who are on the younger side, you might want to consider one of these options.  

  • Volunteer as a class reader. Ask your child’s teacher if it is okay for you to come in to read to the whole class, or even to individual children who might need more guidance.

  • Offer to be a center/lab helper. With these little ones, teaching subjects like science, art or computer lab requires a lot of hands-on help. Oftentimes, teachers can get overwhelmed with the number of students who need help, so if you are interested in these topics, you can offer to come in once a week to be an assistant.

  • Be a tutor. Teachers oftentimes have to handle and teach a wide range of skills and subjects. Parents giving extra one-on-one support to students on the high and low ends of the spectrum lets the teacher spend more time focusing on the middle.

  • Offer to be a class parent. If you have more time to spare, this is a fantastic opportunity. It usually involves organizing parties and teacher gifts throughout the school year.

  danceclasseskidsbacktoschoolFor those of you with slightly older children, one of these options may be a better fit for you!  

  • Help out with a special interests club or drama group. With teachers being swamped with more and more things and not enough resources, sometimes it's up to the parents to keep extracurricular activities up and running.

  • Present to classes about your career or expertise. One of the most crucial gifts you can bestow upon a child is the gift of inspiration. At this age, most kids have moved past wanting to be a fireman or a superhero and need real-life role models to inform them about other career opportunities.

  • Volunteer as a library assistant. Instead of helping kids get more wrapped up in the technological world nowadays, get kids to go back to their roots by helping them discover books they love or research topics they're excited about. Inspiring them to read more can be a really rewarding experience for parents.

  • Assist with sports programs. Making sure kids stay active is critical to their physical and emotional health. With the lack of school funding for sports programs, parent involvement can help a lot in this area.

  danceclasseskidsbacktoschoolAs you may very well know, extra-curricular activities are a great way for your child to not only develop social skills and increase their intelligence but it can also give your child more confidence and relaxation. That is why dance classes are a great way for your child to achieve all of these goals. You may be asking, how can I get involved with my child’s dance classes? Well you are in luck because Dance to EvOLvE offers a YOU&Me interactive parent and child class for toddlers! These classes can not only teach both you and your child how to dance but they can also bring you and your little dancer closer together which is the most important thing!  

No matter what you may end up getting involved with, all of these are great options to help you keep track of your child’s progress in school. Get involved now and begin the journey to get closer your child!    

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Toddler Dance Class Can Benefit Your Child

Posted by Brittany White on Oct 3, 2013 2:01:00 PM

toddlerdanceclassThis is an age-old question that parents have been wondering about for years. Your little one can start benefiting from dance class from as early as 6 months, but ultimately, it is up to you, the parent to determine when you want your child to begin; depending on what you deem is best for them.

As a teacher and founder of the toddler dance class here at EvOLvE, I can say without a doubt that my dancers never cease to amaze me. At the rate their minds are still growing and expanding, this is a prime time for them to start learning dance and developing the motor and coordination skills that dance teaches. Toddlers are very versatile and you’d be surprised at the vast amounts of knowledge that they can absorb.

Dance to EvOLvE offers a YOU&me parent interactive class for little ones as young as 14 months all the way up until 2 years. Now you may be wondering, “Is this class going to include all the fancy terms and the same structure as a regular ballet class?”   Of course not. toddlerdanceclass

But what we do offer is a fun and creative learning environment in which your little one can start developing essential life skills, such as coordination, social skills, understanding the connection of music to movement, and can help forge a deeper bond between parent and child as well.

What if your child is younger or older than those defined ages? It’s important to keep in mind that every child develops differently, so slightly younger or older students are perfectly acceptable. For example, a 12-month old can enjoy and benefit from the class, but will be physically limited...and that’s okay!Creative Movement classes have a general and more relaxed format to accommodate the various ages.

Students who are eligible for older classes are still welcome to take the Mommy or Daddy & Me class if the parent feels the child is not ready to advance or if the parent is simply looking to get that special experience with their child. toddlerdanceclassMany dance studios say that 3 years old is the average age for a student to start learning dance but there is so much dancing fun to be had before then. 

If you’re simply looking for a class that introduces movement, music, and fun...it’s never too early to start! Get them dancing!

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