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Benefits Within The Different Styles of Kids Dance Classes

Posted by Brittany White on Sep 7, 2016 12:04:07 AM

Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.” -William Stafford
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Children are natural movers and shakers! Anyone who has children, younger siblings, or has babysat know they have bundles of energy. It takes them nearly a year to take their first steps, but once they’re on their feet, there is no stopping them!

Kids are constantly moving. They move to express their feelings or thoughts; when they’re happy, they tend to bounce up and down and when they’re sad or angry, they throw themselves on the ground. Children move to achieve mobility and for the sake of it! They don't always have full control of their movements but when they become aware and consciously structure their movements, it becomes dance.

Between the ages of 2 and 5, children are in a sensitive developmental stage and learn quickly. According to the Child Development Institute, parents are encouraged to prepare their kids for starting school. This includes interactions with other peers and basic learning skills. Regardless if it is between the ages of 2 and 5, parents can begin exposing their child to activities at any moment they feel most comfortable. 

Children's dance classes are a great activity for kids to release and control the energy they have! Dance is a great exposure to understanding art, culture, and ourselves. It allows a person to gain a sense of power and relief. Not only is it a great form of exercise, but it benefits kids physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. The good thing about dance classes is that there are different types of dance and every day is different. We have different styles and age groups here at Dance To EvOLvE.

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Tap Classes

Tap dancing is a very upbeat and hoppy style of dance. The unique part about this style is that it can be performed without music. If your child enjoys banging on objects or bouncing up and down, tap dance classes are a great way to use their feet like drums!

 

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Ballet, on the other hand, is more structured and precise. The movements are more graceful and appear effortless. It requires a bit more control and concentration. Ballet dance classes can help children express themselves because every movement has a meaning. It also is a cool way to teach them a new language because French terminology is used!

Hip Hop Classes

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Hip hop classes are fun for kids because not every movement has to be the same as the kid next to them. Kids dance it the way they want and add their own funk to it. This dance style is another way for children to release their energy because it is a high energy dance class.

Kids dance classes are fun because most classes will have themes to enhance creativity and imagination. You can always check out which dance classes develop which skills.

Children enjoy playing and learning new things. Dance classes for kids give them that opportunity to explore and understand their bodies and self. The variety of dance styles and themes make children enjoy every moment they move and groove!

Have your child release their energy in a healthy and beneficial way and sign them up for dance classes today! Let them move freely and express themselves while also having fun! If you are hesitant about what classes to try out or unsure how your child will behave in each class, you can always sign up for a trial class here!

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8 New Years Resolutions for the Whole Family!

Posted by Brittany White on Jan 20, 2016 2:09:17 PM

 

We rang in 2016 with celebrations and declarations of “new year, new me!”, deciding to finally drop that ten pounds, or go after that job of our dreams, or do more volunteer work. But in this time of self improvement, there’s an opportunity to teach valuable life lessons to our children as well. Our little ones are always growing, and learning methods of self improvement now will be beneficial to them later on in life. Here are some suggestions of how you can help your kids EvOLvE in the new year.

 

1.) Reduce screen time. 

Yes, in the digital age, it’s getting harder and harder to not be looking at a screen every hour of the day. With jobs, it’s even harder for a lot of us. But for kids, especially, it’s important to set time aside for off screen activity. For one hour a day, reading a book, playing outside, doing some arts and crafts, sand or water play, or cooking a meal with family, is a great way to disconnect from the web. Not to mention, this is a great time for you to get some away-from-keyboard time as well. You may also consider having your kids "earn" their screen time by reading books or doing chores. This method teaches kids that screen time is a privilege, not a right, and can incentivize preferred behaviors (like cleaning their room or reading to their little sibling). Go play!                                        

2.) Eliminate wrappers.

Kids like snacks. Especially the kind that come in shiny, colorful packaging. But most of those snacks come loaded with sugar, fat, and lots of empty carbohydrates. For 2016, get kids eating healthy snacks that come in edible wrappers. No, we don’t mean these, (although, they are pretty cool). We mean fruit. Bananas are great on the go, with zero mess. They can get bruised and black, but consider getting a banana keeper. They protect the fruit so it will remain “kid approved” all day. Or, try a peanut butter banana quesadilla! You can add spices like cinnamon, ginger, or cardamom to give this classic a flavorful twist. For those who like the sweeter things in life, add honey!  Apples also offer great portability, and there’s an apple to suit nearly every taste profile! Well, except salty, but sliced apples dipped in salted caramel are a match made in heaven. This healthy snack drawer is genius! Kids are increasingly busy with day to day activities, so let’s make healthy eating a breeze!

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3.) Establish happy mental health habits. 

Your kids work hard. In school to keep up good grades, at home to help out around the house, in extracurricular activities, and some of our older ones are even balancing part time jobs, college applications, and relationships on top of it all. But every now and then, everybody gets stressed. Even our kids, who like to feel invincible. It’s important to teach younger and older children alike that stress is alright as long as you find healthy ways to alleviate it. Teaching children to recognize their personal reactions to stress is a key part of establishing emotional resilience in young people. Coaching kids on how to manage their stress, create methods of tackling large to do lists, and never be afraid to ask for help when needed is how we get healthy, emotionally stable, and happy children. 

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4.) Reinforce healthy sleep habits.

You think they’ve gone to bed hours ago, but when you walk past their bedroom door,  you see it: a little blue glow peeking out from beneath the blankets. It’s 11:00PM, and you can practically already hear the meltdown you are in store for if these little monkeys don’t get some sleep, STAT! The best way to combat after-hours web surfing is to leave all electronic devices in the living room, or another place away from sleeping areas. Make bedrooms a phone free zone, and keep chargers in community areas. Keep lots of reading material, or small notebooks around, for some wind-down activities before it’s time to sleep. Looking at a screen too close to bedtime leads to less restful sleep, while reading before bed reduces insomnia.

 

5.) Teach accountability. 

We hear it all the time from our kids, “but he started it!” It’s time we start asking “what did you do to end it?”  Pointing the finger is a tough habit to break. But if we start teaching children how to  take responsibility for their actions, and that they have no control over what anyone else does, only         how they react to it, it’s a lesson they will take with them all through adulthood. 

6.) Teach bravery.

Many things in a kids life takes courage. Trying out for the school play or sports team, making friends in a new school, taking on new responsibilities around the house, or asking for new privileges. In doing all of these things, they are bound to fail at some point. As hard as it is as a parent to watch your kids struggle, it is important to remember that they’re not going to die, and the world is not going to come crashing down. They may feel hurt for a little while, and that’s justified. But teaching our little ones to bounce back from the “no”, will make rejection a tool for success later in life.

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 7.) Teach kindness.

Just like it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, it takes much more energy to be mean than to be nice. From complimenting someone’s outfit, or piece of work they produce, to holding the door for someone, or helping someone with a heavy box, or even just smiling at someone, being nice is easy. A wise person once said, “You can tell a lot about a person's character by how they treat someone who can provide nothing for them”. When kids learn to be nice to everyone, not just those they want to be liked by, it builds great character, and will most likely lead to your kid being pretty popular anyway. Win-win!

 

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8.) Teach the importance of taking care of your body.

While health and wellness comes in all shapes ans sizes, physical fitness is  always important to maintain health of mind and body and manage stress. Encourage your little one to join a sport at school, or take up a physical hobby, like rollerblading, mountain biking, gymnastics or dance! Dance is fantastic way to improve coordination, memory, and self confidence. Get your little ones moving in 2016, with our toddler dance classes, and dance classes for kids aged 4-12! Schedule a risk free trial class today. 

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