So many choices, so little time and resources! Every parent experiences the dilemma of choosing what types of activities to get their children involved in. This article explains some reasons why children ballroom dancing should be at the top of the list. I will also discuss the challenges that keep many parents from enrolling their children in ballroom dance classes along with some advice on how to overcome those challenges.
Benefits of Children Ballroom Dancing
Ballroom dancing offers all the same benefits of solo dancing instruction (ballet, tap, jazz, etc.) with some significant added benefits that are often overlooked. First, it is important to understand that the term “Ballroom Dance” is often used as a catch-all phrase, lumping all partner dance styles together. This can be somewhat confusing considering there are MANY different styles of partner dancing, not all of which fall into the classification of ballroom dancing. To simplify, we will use the term “ballroom dancing” throughout this article, but we encourage you to speak with a ballroom dance instructor to learn more of the other styles of partner dancing.
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The most notable benefit your child will experience comes from the social aspect of participating in ballroom dances. Your child will learn to interact with other people in a way that solo dancing simply does not require. Dancing well with a partner requires a high level of communication, empathy, and teamwork. Every dance is a conversation in which each person in the partnership must learn to listen and “speak” clearly and respectfully. With a ballroom dance studio like ours, where students are expected to dance with a variety of partners, children will learn to be flexible, patient, and understanding while adjusting the way they dance to fit the specific needs of different partnerships.
There are rules of social decorum when it comes to children ballroom dancing, and partner dancing in general. While these rules will vary somewhat among different studios and different regions, the rules are typically created to encourage a friendly, respectful, encouraging environment, something that should be maintained in all aspects of your child’s life. While most solo dance studios also have rules, most of the rules are geared towards operating an efficient class. Ballroom dance etiquette takes these same rules and expends them to include real world social situations… your child will become highly respected in social settings!
Ballroom dancing is something most people have always wished they could do, but never got around to trying. Dancing well with a partner on the dance floor is an extremely admirable skill set, and your child will thank you over and over again the rest of your life for encouraging them to take children ballroom dancing classes. They will instantly be popular in any setting where music is playing and there is space to dance.
Does your child have a competitive spirit? If so, competitive ballroom dancing is something they can get involved in, and unlike many competitive activities, your child will never “age out” of competitive ballroom dancing… with numerous age divisions, people can compete successfully for their entire lives!
Barriers of Entry
The biggest barrier of entry into the world of ballroom dancing is cost. Unfortunately, many studios target the wealthy, pricing their instruction so high that most families cannot enjoy the benefits ballroom dancing has to offer. Even worse, many ballroom dance studios don’t have programs for children, and if they do, your children will typically be taught by the lowest level instructors the studio has to offer. While most studios will happily charge top dollar for your child to take private lessons, most don’t have group instruction programs. At DanceCraft, we don’t believe in charging ridiculously high prices. Also, we make sure all our children ballroom dancing students get top notch instruction from highly skilled instructors. We do not feel ballroom dancing should be reserved exclusively for high-income families, as you can easily see in our pricing structure and programs.
There is no doubt about it, ballroom dance competitions are WILDLY expensive. It is not uncommon for competitors to spend a few thousand dollars on a competition. That is why we at DanceCraft do not encourage our students to participate in BALLROOM dance competitions. Instead, our students participate in COUNTRY WESTERN dance competitions, offering the same competitive benefits as ballroom dance competitions, but at a small fraction of the price. At Country Western competitions, our students compete in ballroom dance styles like Waltz, Cha Cha, and East Coast Swing, while also enjoying amazing dance styles like West Coast Swing, Country 2-Step, Nightclub 2-Step, Polka, and Triple 2-Step. If your child is interested in competing in partner dancing styles, Country Western competitions offer the same benefits of ballroom competitions, yet they also offer a far superior social dance element, all for a very affordable price! To learn more about Country Western dance competitions, visit www.UCWDC.org or visit DanceCraft for more details.
Private lessons are always the best way for your child to learn at a rapid rate, however, the social benefits will not be experienced unless a group setting is also offered. At DanceCraft, we offer group programs that are both HIGHLY affordable and effective. Our programs are taught by our highest level instructors, so our young students receive the best instruction and mentorships possible. While we feel private lessons are a very important part of any dancer’s development, it is important to understand that your child should have fun dancing with his or her peers, and therefore, group instruction is a very important part of keeping your child interested and wanting more. Until your child has shown a high level of commitment towards learning to dance with partners, we recommend getting involved in a strong group instruction program where they will have fun and learn to love the art of ballroom dance. Once they start to love it, you may want to enroll them in private or semi-private lessons. Children ballroom dancing is certainly rewarding, and if you want to learn more about it, I would be happy to have a conversation with you.
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