Dance class is about so much more than just leaps and pirouettes! Dance training gives kids the opportunity to learn and grow in a variety of ways that will benefit them throughout their lives, whether or not they choose to continue dancing. 

Here are 10 invaluable things that your child is learning in the dance studio: 

1. Confidence

By participating in a dance class, your child will become comfortable performing in front of others. This is a skill that lasts a lifetime. Whether or not your child chooses to continue their dance training into adulthood, the confidence that they gain from dance will help them with their public speaking, leadership skills, and more!

2. Posture and Coordination

From the very first demi plié a dance student does in class, he or she will learn to engage their muscles, stand up tall, and coordinate their arms, legs, head, and centre. As the young dancer advances in their training, he or she will gain postural alignment and control over the body. These physical benefits are crucial to your child's health in and out of the dance studio, especially in the age of computers. Help your child overcome the keyboard slouch by enrolling them in a dance class today!

3. Attention Span and Focus

In dance class, your child will be asked to follow instructions, develop a strong attention to detail, remain focused, and extend his or her attention span. Children who take dance classes will often see more success in their school classroom, as well, as they are more likely to be able to focus on a particular lesson for an extended period of time. 

4. Critical Thinking Skills

Every time your young dancer makes a mistake in class, he or she will have to think critically about what went wrong and how to fix it. Whether the solution is physical (I pointed my right foot instead of my left foot) or mental (I forgot what to do from counts 4-8), being able to identify the problem, come up with a solution, and apply it to the next try is an invaluable skill that will benefit your child for the rest of their life. 

5. Creativity

Dance class gives students a safe space to be creative. Experimenting with creative exercises such as dance improvisation is an excellent way for students to find and develop their creative voice. Even if they choose not to pursue dance professionally, an active imagination and creative vision are huge assets in any field. 

6. Health and Wellness

Dance is an intense physical activity, one that requires muscular strength, flexibility, and stamina. In order to achieve the skills required of them as they progress in their training, young dancers will be encouraged to stay healthy and fit. By starting your child in dance classes, you'll help them learn good physical and nutritional habits that can help them throughout their life. 

7. New Friendships

When a new student enrols in a dance class, he or she is immediately introduced to a studio full of other kids who have similar interests! This is a wonderful way for your child to meet new friends and bond over a shared hobby. Friendships built in the dance studio are lasting relationships that your child will remember and appreciate for years to come. 

8. Work Ethic

Every single dance class, your child will be challenged. As the dancer is faced with increasingly difficult skills, exercises, and combinations to perform, he or she will learn just how much difference hard work makes toward success. Dance training is never over and perfection is never achieved. There will always be improvements to work toward, and that sense of dedication will stay with your child beyond the dance studio.

9. Flexibility

Throughout his or her dance training, your child will develop long, lean, flexible muscles. Not only will this allow your dancer to create stunning lines, it will help him or her remain free from muscle pain. Flexibility is a key component in injury and pain prevention, so the flexibility your dancer gains in dance class will benefit them and their body for years. 

10. Fun!

At the end of the day, learning, practicing, and performing on stage is great fun. In the studio, young dancers have the opportunity to express themselves creatively, test their bodies' potential, and strive toward a common goal. The joy of dance is something that will live in them for their entire lives, whether they choose to pursue dance professionally, continue on to teach, or simply light it up on the dance floor at social events.

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