How kids' dance classes are strictly fab
From ballet to ballroom, there are plenty of dance styles to choose from, and learning can be a great way of making new friends.
When my daughter announced, aged five, that she did not want to go to ballet classes, I have to admit to feeling a little disappointed. I’d made the mistake of thinking she would love to learn to dance. I’d also bought her all the kit she would need, including a pair of rather expensive ballet shoes. The real mistake I made was not consulting her about the classes first. I’d assumed it was something she would really enjoy because I’d loved dancing at her age and many of her friends were taking lessons too.
Then shortly after her seventh birthday, she changed her mind. Suddenly she has become interested in dance and is now keen to start lessons. I am certain the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing has had a lot to do with it. It has brought dance into our living rooms and shown children that it can be fun, a great form of exercise and a way of making new friends. Dance also helps improve balance, coordination, discipline, flexibility and stamina.
The start of the new academic year is a time when many parents consider after school activities. As our school isn’t running a dance class this year, we are looking at local dance schools instead and considering the different dance styles on offer.
AboutDanceSchools says it is important to consider a range of factors when choosing a dance school, including:
- The experience, training and teaching background of the dance teacher
- The basic philosophy of the dance school
- Class sizes
- The type of flooring the dance school has
- The cleanliness of the dance studio
- The cost of tuition
Learning to dance also requires a time commitment which is something to take into consideration before enrolling in a class. We like the idea of giving it a try and seeing where it leads.
Do your children dance? What advice would you give someone thinking of learning?
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