Choosing an extracurricular activity for your child can be overwhelming, expensive and stressful. As parents, we want what’s best for our children which is why it’s important to choose an activity that encourages cognitive development, socialization, creativity, emotional development, physical health and most importantly… fun! Believe it or not, dance lessons offer all of these benefits and more! Let’s look at how Peacock School of Dance can help!
Encourages Cognitive Development
Cognitive development is a term that refers to how children think, explore and figure out the world around them. Learning body movements and gestures helps children to absorb and hold information. Through dance, children are forced to memorize and execute specific steps which requires practice and perseverance. The dedication, discipline and focus children learn in dance lessons are important life skills that will transfer over to school, work and other aspects of their lives.
Dance lessons are a highly social activity. In class, students will learn how to work as part of a team while developing a greater sense of trust and cooperation. Dancers tend to develop lifelong friendships with their classmates.
Dance boosts creativity by allowing children to express themselves and experience the world in a fun and engaging way. It helps communicate feelings, experiences and ideas through unique physical movements.
Increases Emotional Development
Dance provides a structured outlet for a healthy physical and mental release that encourages emotional maturity. By giving your child the freedom to channel their feelings in a safe environment, their self-esteem and confidence will improve.
Improves Physical Health
Dancing is a great form of exercise because it increases muscular strength, balance, endurance and aerobic fitness. Dancers are known to have better coordination, better agility, better athleticism and better flexibility than those who do not dance.
When is the right age to sign your child up for dance?
At the age of 3, children are developing their motor skills, coordination, listening and social skills. Dance lessons are a great way for them to enhance these abilities! Kinder dance classes tend to focus on fun while teaching basic coordination. Children will participate in age-appropriate activities that help them acquire the skills needed to be successful in dance and in life.
If your child is older and has taken an interest in dance lessons then it is important to enrol them in a class with students who are the same age. In order to increase their rate of improvement, you should consider signing up your child for multiple lessons per week. A higher frequency of training speeds up learning and performance capabilities. It is never too late for your child to start dance lessons as long as they are willing to put in the work!
How do you know if your child wants to take dance lessons?
If your child has expressed an interest in dance or if you see them always dancing around the house, that is a good indication that they are ready for dance lessons! If your child is shy or has low self-esteem, it can also be beneficial to enrol them in dance lessons as this will help your child grow, socialize and become more confident!
How long should my child take dance lessons?
It is important to have your child stick with an extracurricular activity for at least a year in order to provide them with a sense of accomplishment. Dance studios usually host a recital at the end of the year which allows students to showcase the skills they have learned in class.
What if my child doesn’t want to pursue a career in dance?
If your child does not want to pursue a professional career in the arts there are still benefits of participating in dance lessons. According to research done by Americans for the Arts, youths who participate in dance at least three hours a week are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievements, three times more likely to have outstanding school attendance, twice as likely to become avid readers and four times more likely to participate in community service. The arts are proven to help kids reach their fullest potential in whatever field they end up in. Participating in dance lessons instills critical life skills that will help students grow up into well-rounded adults and caring citizens.
So, you’re interested in dance lessons… what now?
Peacock School of Dance in Fort Erie is an award-winning dance school that provides a high standard of teaching by a fully accredited staff. They were recently voted the best Studio for Dance Lessons in the Niagara Region by Community Votes! They were also voted Fort Erie’s Best and Finest Dance Studio for over 15 years in a row!
At Peacock, students will learn the rewards of hard work, personal discipline and perseverance through the many performing arts classes that they offer. Their most popular classes include Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Kinder Combination, Acrobatic Dance, Lyrical/Contemporary, Pointe, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre and Acting! They also offer special 6-week programs for those who are looking for fun, socialization and exercise. There is something for everyone, ages 3+ (adults too!)
On Saturday, July 17, 2021, you can register your child for Fall Classes* at Peacock’s dance studio located at 1731 Dominion Road in Fort Erie. Peacock School of Dance offers affordable rates, family discounts and financial assistance for those who are eligible.
Fort Erie Dance Classes
The most popular class for new students is the Kinder Combination Program (ages 3 – 6). In this class, students will build basic motor skills, coordination, flexibility and independence through dance. Children are presented with songs, rhythms, stories and the wonderful world of imagination to develop their capabilities. Classes are arranged by ages and enrolment and scheduling choices vary to accommodate the working parent. The closing of the year places students in the spotlight of an annual showcase where students will discover the excitement of performing on stage in full costume and lighting!
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*Fall Classes will begin the week of September 13, 2021.