There are so many different activities and sports and extracurriculars for children and teens to choose from. How do you know what is right for you? Why should you consider dance as your chosen activity and how will it benefit you? Will dance be the right choice for you or your child?
Dance is becoming increasingly more popular by the multitude of TV shows that revolve around the art. Dancing with the Stars, Dance Moms, So You Think You Can Dance, Turning Pointe… the list could go on forever! Not only has the media brought universal cultural awareness to the wonderful art of dance, it has increased the interest level in girls AND boys alike. Dance is an activity in which you are never too young or too old to participate. Many studios begin dance lessons for children starting at 18 months! And it’s never too late to start dance. As long as you are willing to learn and willing to work at it, anyone can do it!
Dance is a wonderful way to express yourself; an outlet of sorts. A great way to take the emotions that you have inside you and release them out into the world through movement.
Dance (and the dance instructor, of course) also help the dancer to develop core values–respect for your instructors and fellow dance mates, teamwork, commitment to your studio and your practice, work ethic, passion for the art of dance, and discipline — just to name a few.
Dance is also a great activity to help raise one’s confidence and self-esteem, which is something that every teen needs. Not to mention, dance is an excellent form of exercise! And as we all know, physical activity releases endorphins and stimulates the “feel-good” hormones in your body.
And lastly, but certainly not least, dance class is a amazing place to meet new friends! Dancers from different schools, different cities, different ages, and different backgrounds come together to share their passion and love for the art of dance.
If you are still wondering if dance will be right for you, contact your local studio to schedule a visit. Some studios even allow new students to observe or even take a class for free to see if they like it! 🙂
~ Miki Hegg, Assistant Director, ECSOD