Parents often put their children in a ballet class to have flexible body and to participate in creative activity after school. Ballet being a classical dance form has discipline of body and mind. Ballet dancers work very passionately and know how to prioritise different areas of life. Ballet teaches some very important life lessons that help children grow into a confident and mature person. Here are some reasons why a ballet class is important for every growing child.
PREPARATION AND PUNCTUALITY
Young children learn good habits from their environment. Including a ballet class in their weekly schedule gives them a chance to learn a new way of life. There is a specific dance attire for ballet class which is very important. Some parents see this as a way to keep children excited for their dance class. Having a dance attire is also part of being disciplined, keeping children looking smart and absolutely ready for the dance class. Some may think it old-school but physical preparation also leads to mental preparation because there are less ways of getting distracted.
There is a lot that happens in a dance class and a good way to be prepared for everything is reaching at least half an hour before class time. Even if one does not have any dreams or intention to pursue ballet professionally, being punctual is good for any field. Ballet dancers make their habit to prioritise everything around their dance class. Reaching early also gives children time to revise what was done in the previous class.
“SUCCESS IS WHERE PREPARATION AND OPPORTUNITY MEETS”
TEAMWORK AND CLASS BEHAVIOUR
Classical ballet is not just physically demanding like a sport but also creative which makes it an ideal way of strengthening mind by encouraging teamwork. Before one dances for an audience, one has to dance for self and with their team. Children in a ballet class make new friends and while working together for each dance step, they build a habit of teamwork and encourage each other. Confidence and belief are two very important things that help to become more creative.
Learning together and in a disciplined way is also very important. There is a way one conducts oneself as a student in a dance class. The way one stands at the barre’, helps in maintaining good posture while dancing and in general. Also, not interrupting your teacher in the middle of the class and not disturbing other students are some very basic but very good habits that help children understand good behaviour.
LEARNING HOW TO LEARN
Whatever the age of your child, ballet class has its own way of figuring out how to learn each ballet set. There are hands, head, legs, feet coordination, listening to the details carefully of each ballet technique, travelling across the floor, higher and much better stretch each time, etc. One of the most important thing going through all these challenges in each ballet class teaches us how to listen carefully, apply it quickly and show results as soon as possible. It engages the brain to analyze things with clarity, something which is required very much in this age when competition is so high in every working field. In preparing dance minds, ballet also helps to build stamina and at the same time not panic when the pace of the class is of high speed. Each challenge pushes the dancer to aim higher and work hard in a passionate way.
“I DO NOT TRY TO DANCE BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE. I ONLY TRY TO DANCE BETTER THAN MYSELF.” - Mikhail Baryshnikov
BALLET IS A LIFESTYLE
When your child will start learning ballet, he or she will also have to take care of living a healthy lifestyle. Good and healthy eating habits start with a dance class. Ballet is a high energy and very athletic dance form. As a parent or as a teacher, we want our children and students to always be in good physical form. This is very important for every dancer. A balance of body can only happen if a healthy diet plan is followed. High energy, less fatigue, strong bones, good stamina, more power keeps the body and the mind ready to dance for a longer time. Good eating habits and a healthy body changes not just dancers but also their family.
Taking ballet as a profession is very difficult. Those who choose ballet are patient, very hard working, passionate and people who have good habits. Starting at an early age with ballet class gives a child a disciplined, good and healthy habits for life.