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What 2 and 3 year olds can gain from dance class

Posted by Brittany White on Apr 11, 2017 9:53:01 PM

Have you ever wondered what's the best age for your child to start dance class? Well, we think that a child is never too young to start dancing! Dancing helps them develop many important skills! Putting your 2 or 3 year old in a dance class will allow them to establish better social skills, physical development, and cognitive thinking early on. This age range is a great time to expose a child to dancing! We have various dance classes to choose from that will match your child's specific age level! Who knew something as fun as dancing could have such a significant role in children’s early development!

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Social Skills:

Social skills can sometimes be hard for children to learn. Dance class allows kids to break out of their shell and let loose with other kids their age! In order to teach a child how to appropriately play with other kids, they must be exposed to instructions and teamwork settings early on. Dance classes can teach your child patience and listening skills, as they must follow instructions from their teacher. Dance classes for 3 year olds provide them the opportunity to be able to talk and interact with other kids and teachers. These essential life skills can be developed now from dance classes, and be applied throughout their life!

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Physical Development:

Trying to get a toddler to settle down is nearly impossible! This age group seems to always be jumping off the walls. Whether it’s ballet, tap, or hip-hop, dancing has always been a great way for children to get moving and stay active. It allows them to channel their energy on something specific and have fun while doing it! Dance classes, such as ballet class, help with the development of coordination, strength, movement, and balance. Our dance classes for this specific age group use different movements that combine multiple muscle groups at the same time. Dance classes for 2 year olds use different types of dance to best benefit the development of your dancer!

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Cognitive Development:

Your child is now beginning to understand the idea of instructions and rules. Cognitive development allows your child to respond to instructions and rules and then act on them. However, many children within this age group have a hard time understanding this notion. Heck even some adults do too! Therefore, dance classes for 2 to 3 year olds require a different style of learning compared to the older children. Our dance teachers specialize in early development, and are able to connect dancing to common knowledge and life skills. For example, some teachers will have the children leap over a "river", usually a scarf or mat, so they don't get wet. This allows the children to understand basic skills while having fun! This concept may be common to us, but this age group is just beginning to develop these everyday life skills! There is no better way for kids to mature and grow than by dancing and having a blast!

Here at Dance To EvOLvE, we offer a fun and creative learning environment in which your 2-3 year old can start developing essential life skill. 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 growing and expanding, this is a prime time for them to start learning dance and developing the motor and coordination skills that dance teaches! 2 and 3 year olds are very versatile and you’d be surprised at the vast amounts of knowledge that they can absorb!

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