Physical Health Improvements
Dancing is well known for being a great aerobic form of exercise no matter how old you are! The repetitive movements involved in dance can improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, increase balance and coordination and improve cardiovascular health in general. Maintaining great physical health is important throughout life, but is especially important for a child’s development. That’s why we at JC Dance Academy have developed a number of dance classes that are designed to increase children’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina.
Improvements to Social Skills
Our classes have been specifically developed to encourage interaction, both with the teachers and the students. We’ve had the privilege of taking hundreds of children through the journey of initial nerves – being shy and unwilling to participate, we understand that this needs to be a gentle process that can’t be overwhelming. During the classes the children will be encouraged to communicate with each other frequently, they will have to share and work as a team. This in turn will help them understand cooperation and build a greater understanding of trust with their newly found friends.
Once familiarised with the class routine and environment the next natural step is incorporation in our annual show, initially just a very small part when the teacher feels the child is ready moving onto much larger roles – this process is designed to alleviate fears related to performing in front of an audience.
Learning to dance requires practice, discipline and focus, these disciplines are critical in so many other areas of life. Starting your child on a path of development with dance is a form of eduction that truly doesn’t feel like education. The dance syllabus taught at JC Dance Academy, as with the other benefits listed above, has been tailored to support creativity in children. The classes also include very subtle hints of numeracy and spelling, with children listening to the teacher direct on timing (usually only 1 to 8) and recognition of their own name and others when arriving. This form of subtle repetition learning helps them along when learning at home, nursery and pre-school.
From crawling to walking to running, children learn and take the next steps through pushing existing boundaries of their capabilities. We consider dance to be the next natural step on this journey of improvement, when adjusting to the movements and postures associated with dance, they begin to get a better sense of their own bodies further improving their centre of balance. This improvement then effects every physical move that they make, which undeniably improves their confidence and over-all self esteme.