“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.” -William Stafford
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.
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!
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
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!