It goes without saying that your child is learning a lot in dance class. Each week, every dancer is challenged to build on their skills and advance their understanding of proper technique.
And, whether they realise it or not, dancers are also learning valuable lessons that will benefit them throughout their lives -- in the studio, at school, and in their professional careers.
Here are 5 of the biggest life lessons your dancer is learning in the dance studio:
1. Commitments aren’t always easy.
Has your child ever received an invitation to a birthday party, only to realise that it’s on the same day as their big competition? Have you ever had to fight to get your dancer in the car because he or she is tired or doesn’t want to go to the studio?
As a young dancer, it can be tough to live up to the commitment of dance training. But, once you’ve committed to be a part of a class, you know that the teacher and the other students are counting on you to be there.
Dance training teaches kids that sometimes you have to show up, even when you don’t feel like it. This level of accountability will benefit them throughout their lives.
2. You get what you earn.
Has your dancer ever been disappointed with their exam scores or unhappy with their spot in the back row of the dance? Have you ever been upset to find out that your dancer would have to repeat an exam the following year?
As frustrating as it can be, sometimes a dancer has to deal with the hard reality that they haven’t earned the front-and-center spot or the highest exam grade. No matter how hard he or she has worked, every once in awhile, a dancer will fall short of their own expectations.
Dance training teaches kids to shake off any feelings of entitlement and work hard to earn the results they want.
3. See “failures” as opportunities.
In school, repeating Grade 2 would be seen as a failure. In dance, repeating an exam level is an opportunity to catch up, hone your skills, and perfect the combinations.
In moments of frustration and disappointment, dancers are faced with two choices: they can quit or they can work harder.
Instead of getting discouraged, dancers learn to look at constructive criticism as a tool to get better -- to look at setbacks as opportunities to improve.
4. There is no such thing as perfection.
Has your dancer ever come home crying because they couldn’t master a certain step right away? Has he or she ever been shocked to get more corrections once they’ve finally managed to perform the step correctly?
We see it all the time! A dancer is thrilled to have finally turned the correct way in a pirouette, only to find out that their arms weren’t in the correct position. Once they correct their arms, they’re stunned to find out they weren’t spotting effectively. No matter how hard you work, in dance, there is no such thing as perfection. There is always improvement to be made.
Dance training teaches dancers to push themselves and to hold themselves to the highest standard.
5. Support others and lift them up.
Throughout their training, dancers learn the most effective partnering techniques to counterbalance, support others' weight, and perform beautiful lifts. And, we learn how to support others artistically and emotionally, without being competitive.
The dance world is small. Teachers and choreographers pick up on the interactions between dancers, and will be more likely to want to work with those who are kind and responsive to others.
The most successful dancers are those who build supportive, respectful relationships with their fellow dancers in the studio.
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