YOUNG CHILD SERIES
Homeschool, Daytime & Evening
The Dance Studio is a special and magical place for the young dancer. Our directors and many members of our faculty are licensed Early Childhood professionals. We make our young dancers feel like the stars they are. Please visit our classes page to learn more about the classes in our program. Below is a list of Early Childhood classes and classes for the young dancer.
Toddler dance and play - 18months-36 months
Pre-dance - for ages 3-5
Ballet Fairytales - ages 4-6
Combo (Ballet/Jazz/Tap, etc) classes - ages 5-7
Jr Classes - ages 6-9
DANCING MAY HELP KIDS DEVELOP SOCIO-EMOTIONAL SKILLS LIKE EMPATHY
Jaime Neefs, June 14, 2016
To some, these are just numbers, and to others, these numbers mean dance. From hip hop to ballroom, all forms of dance play an important role in developing physical literacy. But, can dance teach more than agility, balance, and coordination? According to an article in The Atlantic, some schools are using dance as a vehicle for teaching students social-emotional skills such as empathy.
In the article written by Audrey Cleo Yap, “studies have shown the cognitive benefits students experience through being exposed to dance and other art forms,” however complex human qualities, like empathy, are hard to quantify. Anecdotal evidence from teachers and principals suggest that dance improves acceptance, cooperation, and collaboration among students, but more research is needed to understand the correlation between dance and emotional intelligence.
In the meantime, parents can take what they know about the benefits of dance and put it into action. Whether that means two-stepping into your kids’ school and starting a conversation, or simply starting within your family and working it into the weekly schedule, dance deserves a place in the life of every child.
If moving to music can help kids develop their character, why wouldn’t we start each day with a 5-6-7-8?