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The Real Reasons I send My Child To Dance Classes

The Real Reasons I send My Child To Dance Classes

So many preconceptions surround a parent, particularly a mother, when she sends her child to dance classes. She’s living her own lost dreams through her child, she’s a pushy mum, she wants her child to follow in her own footsteps. It is so much more than that. Let me tell you the real reasons I send my child to dance.


Dance requires you to move different parts of your body, sometimes at different tempos, independent of each other. As children, this is something the brain needs to engage in repeatedly to get better at. Coordination isn’t just for dance class. School P.E classes, sports, even driving are all things that need you to multitask. What better way to give my child a physical head start in life than to send them to dance classes. Not just that, dance teaches correct posture. Having the bodily strength to hold your body correctly helps prevent ailments later in life. It also helps greatly with the next point.


“Opportunity favours the bold” We all know in life that you demeanour can have profound effects on your life. First impressions are everything. Social gatherings, job interviews, public speaking are all situations where you have to out yourself out there, presenting the best version of yourself, under the watchful eyes of others. Dance enables my child to build self confidence – firstly through applying herself to master a new step and revelling in her own success, and secondly through performing for a crowd, be it in front of fellow students in class, at competitions or a showcase. Each time she achieves something new, each time she steps on a stage to perform, she’s building the solid foundation blocks that will help carry her through her adult life.


If you want to get anything done in life, you have to apply yourself. It doesn’t just happen by chance. Exams, work deadlines and self set goals are only achievable if you work hard and stay focused. Dance instills this in my child from the off set. She learns very quickly that the amount of time spent on practicing steps at home improves her skills, that practicing routines over and over will win her medals, that fine tuning her technique will ensure higher exam marks. Basically, she learns that results are directly proportional to the amount of time and effort put in.


School, clubs, work all require you to work as part of a team. It’s an essential tool in life if you want progress. It’s also an essential tool to be likeable. No one likes a selfish, self centred, egotistical individual. There is no I in team. When my child dances with her fellow team mates in a group, she learns humility – no one is bigger/more talented/more important than the team. She learns she has a responsibility to work hard, for the group as a whole, not letting her fellow team members down. She learns a connection like no other, to people who are not family by blood, but family in a different sense, family made by sharing a common interest and and working towards goals and achieving them together. Friends that dance together, stay together.


For me as a parent, I want my child to learn respect. It’s easy enough at home, as I set the rules. It’s a given at school, because if she doesn’t show respect, there are consequences. Dance shows her that it’s not just at home and at school she needs to show respect, that other adults require it too. Dance re-enforces the inportance of manners and how to conduct herself. You can learn more about how to properly conduct yourself in class by reading our past article Class Etiquette – A Guide To Good Class Manners It teaches her that in life there are certain rules that we must abide by.

I’ll admit, as an adult ballet dancer and teacher, I love dance. I love that I can indulge in my passion for dance with my daughter, to prance and twirl around together, to dress up and even perform together. But the things I love the most are the things that you cannot see, for dance is much more than tutus and tiaras.

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