Wondering about whether to sign your child up for activities after school? We've covered the benefits of dance for young children.
How ballet can help boost confidence in children
Children are unique. You might have one child who is born to perform and the next might be incredibly shy. But does that mean that one child is better suited to dance?
No, not really. Enrolling your children in extracurricular activities (especially group activities) can help improve their social interaction, boost their confidence, and provide a feeling of achievement.
Benefits of extracurricular activities like dance
Dance is a worthwhile children’s activity that can help provide valuable lifelong skills for your kids.
We’ve put together a list of advantages for getting your children enrolled in preschool ballet classes.
Learning in a positive and low-stress environment
The great thing about our baby ballet classes is that the children are constantly learning. But because it is done through storytelling or in fun and active ways, they don't see it as learning.
Another benefit of this way of learning is that it caters to children with a kinaesthetic learning style as well as others. They learn by doing, and by being actively involved in the learning process.
Here at tiny toes ballet, we cater to those ‘tactile learners’ by encouraging them to move, get involved, test and try different things.
Physical activity produces feel-good hormones
It’s a well-known fact that physical activity can produce ‘feel-good' hormones. These hormones will help your children sleep better, focus more, and can even improve their mental health.
Teaches children to overcome challenges
Dance is a wonderful choice for extracurricular activity, as they’ll work with teachers to overcome challenges. It teaches them that practice makes perfect and to try again if they don't succeed at first.
At tiny toes ballet, ‘mistakes’ are learning opportunities. They’re a signal that children are learning and trying new things. Reinforcing this positive perseverance early can really benefit children long-term.
Group activities boost social interaction skills
Whether your child is very loud or very quiet, group activities with children their own age can massively improve social interaction skills.
In our ballet classes for children, they’ll learn to work as a team. This facilitates many learning opportunities where they can observe how their friends interact together.
Combine exposure to child-to-child interaction with the positive reinforcement of praise for doing well, and you’ll see their social skills flourish.
Allows children the opportunity to express themselves
Dancing gives kids the freedom to express themselves through storytelling, movement and even music.
This creative outlet enables children to both use their imaginations and even explore emotions. So even if they don’t have the words to convey their feelings, they’ll be able to express them physically.
Gives children a way to focus on their strengths and passions
In the first few years of a child’s life, they are constantly learning. Developing skills, learning words, acquiring more knowledge, and mastering new movements. Some of these things will come easily, whilst others might be more of a struggle.
Dancing for young children can give them a way to focus on what they enjoy. A low-stress learning environment to focus on their strengths and passions without feeling additional pressure.
Helps them develop a positive body image
Here at tiny toes ballet, we teach children about their bodies through the fundamentals of ballet. They actually learn information about anatomy and how different body parts work together for us to move.
We teach them that their bodies are unique. That each of them will have special abilities thanks to how their bodies were created.
This way they’ll learn about how amazing their bodies really are and how they need to care for them. Associating positivity with their bodies from an early age.
Feelings of unity and familiarity in their group
Even if your child is a bit reserved, he or she will form bonds with their dancing group. You’ll find that they develop caring friendships naturally.
Working together to complete dances, or tell stories fosters unity in the group. It encourages the feeling of teamwork and respect within their dance class.
Offer them the chance to perform
Giving children the opportunity to showcase all their effort and work is a wonderful thing. And although some young children might feel initially nervous about the idea of performing, it gets easier.
The lesson that bravery and hard work are rewarded is a lifelong skill that your children will take into their experiences throughout their lives.
How our ballet classes for under sevens can help improve confidence
We work hard to produce the only preschool dance syllabus that is integrated with the EYFS curriculum.
Our dance classes for children encourage their natural development, boost self-esteem, and can help improve mental health.