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Boys' Dance Classes: Dance Is A Sport!

Posted by Brittany White on Apr 11, 2013 12:29:00 PM

 

fred_astaire_male_dancer.jpgSome of the most influential and well-known dancers were men: Bob Fosse, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly…the list goes on and on. Despite the common stereotype, dance class is not just for girls! Dance is a physical and athletic activity requiring great skill, strength, and agility. Sounds like an ideal
fit for energetic boys! To be a dancer is to be an athlete.

With the popularity of shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars, more boys are taking dance classes than ever before, however the majority of classes still tend to be comprised of primarily females. Boys are instead encouraged to participate in more “masculine” sports as an outlet for their energies. The irony is that dancing is just as physically and mentally demanding as football or soccer…perhaps even more of a challenge!

It is incredibly important that we begin to eliminate the perception that dancing is a “girls only” activity.  Boys who are kept out of dance class are actually missing out on valuable life skills!

Benefits of Dancing for Boys:

Dance Training Improves Discipline and Study Habits!

Dance class requires students to follow an instructor’s directions and focus on new skills. Boys learn the importance of repetition and practice as they work hard towards meeting goals and successfully completing new steps. The discipline learned in dance classes can also help boys to focus on their academics and build study habits for school. Dancing teaches boys not only how to use their feet, but how to use their brains as well!

Dance Training Teaches Respect and Grace!boys dance class

We’ve all heard the saying “boys will be boys,” however dancing is a great way to begin shaping boys into young men. Physically, dance improves posture, teaching boys how to stand up straight and move with masculine grace and sophistication. Socially, dance class shows boys how to respect other people. Following a teacher’s instructions teaches students how to respect authority. Participating in performances and even in class shows boys how to cooperate with others and work as a team!

Dance Training Boosts Self Confidence!

Dancing is not only fun, but can also cater to the competitive nature that many boys are born with. Boys feel a sense of accomplishment and pride when they master a new routine or skill, and this is a great way to boost self-esteem! Learning how to move to music is very satisfying to a young boy, and provides an outlet for self-expression, leading to an improved sense of self and confidence.

boys dance classDance Training Improves Athletic Performance!

A little known fact is that many NFL players have cross-trained in ballet in order to improve their performance on the football field. Well-known players such as Vance Johnson and Hall-of-Famer Lynn Swann have even credited some of their success to their ballet classes, demonstrating that dance is not for "feminine" boys...it is fit for manly men! Dance improves overall body fitness, including flexibility, agility, muscle tone, balance, and endurance.  As an aerobic exercise, dance improves heart health, allowing boys to run, jump and play for extended periods of time without tiring, whether on the dance floor or on a field.

As you can see, the benefits of dance for boys extend far beyond the ability to leap or turn. If the young man in your life expresses an interest in dance classes…try it out! Whether your little boy tries out tap, ballet, or hip-hop…he’ll have a blast while picking up a variety of life skills along the way!

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A Starting Guide On How To Choose Dance Classes In Chicago

Posted by Brittany White on Jul 27, 2012 5:53:00 PM

The "Windy City" is the ideal place for dance for our sometimes harsh weather.  Not only is it home to great professional dance companies...it has so many options for all genres of dance and all ages.  To pick dance classes in Chicago, you need to know what you're looking for, how to look for it, and how to begin.

What style of dance classes in Chicago are you looking for?  Many Chicago studios offer ballet, hip hop, children's dance classes, salsa, ballroom dancing, and much more!  Once you know what type of dance you are interested in, the search for dance classes in Chicago becomes mdance classes in chicagouch easier!  If you are not sure what style of dance you are intersted in, see if the studio offers a trial class or at least go and watch a class.  It would always be recommended to start at a beginner level class so that you do not become overwelmed and frustrated.  Dance is a learned skill like anything else and it takes some time to get the general feel of it.

With your dance genre picked out, you can now begin to pick and choose which classes you want to take.  Many studios offer drop-in classes.  These classes allow you to pay for one class so you can try it out before committing to a package or monthly fee.  Make sure to try a couple different studios before settling.  There's so many options for dance classes in Chicago...make sure you find the best fit for you.

Once you've found a class that you love, the rest of it is easy.  Simply ask your instructor what they will expect from you each class (ex.: wearing certain shoes, bringing a water bottle to class, etc.).  Instructors who teach dance classes in Chicago are happy to answer any questions you have, so always ask.  Of course this information is often on the website too.

You're on your way to enjoying dance...what could possibly be better than that?

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Boys love to dance too! – Killing The Social Stigma

Posted by Brittany White on Feb 17, 2012 2:40:00 AM

One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that dance is just for girls. That’s not true...boys love to dance too! We need to break this outdated stereotype and get more boys dancing! Boys can benefit from dance classes just as much as girls. Exposure to dance and music develops coordination, musicality, rhythm, and creative expression. Dance experience can also really benefit participation in sports. Dancers have flexibility, body awareness, agility, and balance, which are extremely important in athletic activities. Remember...Herschel Walker, a former American professional football player and a mixed martial artist, used to take ballet to improve his balance. All these reasons don’t even account for the simple fact that dance is fun for everyone! Loving music and ‘getting your groove on’ should not be stifled because of an outdated stigma.

Boys should be encouraged to take any type of dance class that they are interested in even if they are the minority in the class. Some boys love ballet...I even know of parents who appreciated the positive calming effect it had on their son’s energy! A lot of boys love tap because of the fun noises and rhythms they get to create. Now-a-days, with hip hop being so popular, boys can really channel their energy into this fun high energy style. I will say that hip hop is the most popular for boys and it is very common for multiple boys to be in the same class. There are many options so try out a few dance classes and see what is the best option for your male dancer.

I see two main reasons for why boys are not in dance classes:

  1. When a boy comes to try the class, he may be the only one and doesn’t return after that. (Often because of the parent’s feelings and not the boy’s feelings.) If the boy would only stay a little longer, then he would ultimately meet the other boys coming to try the class.
  2. As boys get older, they begin thinking that dance is uncool for them due to influences from fathers, brothers, or friends. This is unfortunate since dance is fantastic for boys. Especially as these boys become men...what girl doesn’t appreciate a boy who can dance?! ;)

Overall, there are so many positives for boys taking dance classes... as long as they’re growing, learning, and happy!

Brittany White, Dance To EvOLvE Director
www.dancetoevolve.com

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