Did you know that professional ballerinas often go through several pairs of ballet flats in a single week? The Cincinnati Ballet, for example, spends about $80,000 on ballet shoes each year. Luckily, young dancers won’t need to worry about high costs like these: their shoes are typically constructed more sturdily, and their moves are simpler. They probably don’t practice quite as much as the pros, either.

Are you interested in dancing lessons for children? Dance can be a great way for children to strengthen their bodies, improve their self-confidence, and maintain flexibility. Here are a few things you should keep in mind before enrolling your child.

Don’t Give Up if the First Class Doesn’t Work Out

Kids are nothing if not dreamers, and they often fall in love with an activity without really understanding what’s involved with actually doing it. This can be true of dance as well. Many young girls will ask to be in a ballet dance class after seeing a performance of The Nutcracker, or admiring the tutus worn by ballerinas. Ballet classes for children, though, don’t involve the high leaps and toe-dancing of professionals — instead, routine, great posture, and learning precise movements are key. Don’t be discouraged if it takes your child a few lessons to warm up to the reality of their class — and don’t feel like the first choice is the only choice. If ballet doesn’t work out, there’s always hip hop dance lessons!

Kids Dancing Lessons Have Multiple Benefits

There are many reasons that parents decide to enroll their children in dance lessons. Most don’t expect their kids to eventually be professional dancers — these are general benefits that will have lifelong value. The benefits of dancing include:

    • Helping kids to focus better on tasks. As one mommy blogger points out, “In ballet class
      [my daughter] is attentive and very focused… they have to learn to pay attention on the group and their body’s movement.”
    • Did you know that about 50% of kids don’t get enough exercise? Dance is a great way to get their bodies moving.
  • Socialization is a great side benefit of dancing. Children learn to work together and communicate with the other dancers in their group. Dance also teaches children to be less nervous in front of groups, as they are frequently working toward stage performances.

Are you interested in dancing lessons for children? Let us know in the comments.