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Benefits of Dance

Health Benefits

  • 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.

School Benefits

  • 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
  • Coordination
  • 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
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