Benefits of Dance
- Strength- Dancers build muscles 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 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/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 combination's 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/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