Dancers build muscle by forcing muscles to resist against a dancers own body weight.
Dancers strive to achieve full range of motion with their muscle groups.
Dancers train muscles to work hard for long periods of time without fatigue.
Dancers interact socially with peers which increases confidence and improves social skills.
Dancers train both fine and large motor muscles through repetitive floor progressions and center floor work.
Careers in Dance
Amusement Park Dancer
Dinner Theatre Dancer
Cruise Ship Dancer
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
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.