The Benefits of Dance
Strength: Dancers build muscle by forcing muscles to resist against a dancers own body weight.
Flexibility: Dancers strive to achieve full range of motion with their muscle groups.
Endurance: Dancers train muscles to work hard for long periods of time without fatigue.
Senses of Well-Being: Dancers interact socially with peers which increases confidence and improves social skills.
Coordination and Balance: Dancers train both fine and large motor muscles through repetitive floor progressions and center floor work.
Discipline: Dancers achieve success in the classroom through hard work and practice. This work ethic transfers over into the school classroom.
Respect: Dancers are expected to thank instructors at the end of each class. In addition, dancers are taught to say thank you when given a correction.
Creativity and Discovery: Dancers are taught a dance curriculum but are often asked to express what they feel during a choreographed piece. Sometimes the student’s movement is so unique and inspiring that the teacher adds the movement to the piece.
Enhanced Concentration: Dancers perform small combinations at the end of class. Each choreographed section must be picked up quickly in order to move on to the next 8 counts. Once mastered, students are challenged to perform these combinations facing different sides of the room, as well as performing each combo in geometric shapes.
Learned Listening Skills: Dancers must listen to the teacher to succeed in class. Examples include barre work directions, floor stretches, across the floor progressions, and class combinations.
Confidence: Dancers increase their self-esteem each time they master a step in class. Students continue to build esteem by performing at local performances and recitals. Hence, students are confident giving school reports and interviewing for jobs and colleges.
Fitness: Dancers develop motor skills, coordination, and balance in the classroom. These skills are transferred into P.E. classes and are applied to fitness tests.
Benefits of Ballet
- Discipline of mind and body
- Grace and poise
- Muscle toning
- Alignment and posture
- Understanding team concepts
- Understanding and appreciating the art of dance
- Learning to be a good audience member
- Exposure to classical music
- Love of dance
Careers in Dance
- Amusement Park Dancer
- Dinner Theatre Dancer
- Cruise Ship Dancer
- Professional Dance Company Member
- NBA/NFL Dancer
- Off Broadway Dancer
- Broadway Dancer
- TV/Commercial/Backup Dancer
- Dance Teacher