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What Students Will Learn At A Ballet Dance School (Hint, It’s Not Just Dancing)

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By Chris A. Harmen

Many parents sign their children up for dancing lessons so that they can understand different dancing steps, but also so they can have fun and stay active at the same time. However, there are a lot of other things students will gain knowledge of when they sign up with a ballet dance school. Take a few minutes to understand what a student can expect to learn when they take lessons at a local studio.

Students Will Learn How To Concentrate At A Ballet Dance School

Some children have a hard time sitting in a traditional classroom and can be fidgety and bored if they’re expected to sit still while learning. However, in a ballet dance school, children will be able to implement what they’re learning right away while moving their bodies. This can help kids improve their concentration skills since they’ll need to listen carefully in order to get the steps correct. These improved concentration skills can extend into their school classrooms, improving grades and behavior in academic settings.

Students Will Learn History

Ballet has a vast and varied history that stretches back to the 1500s. Although young children likely won’t sit down and pour over history books, they will pick up some history at a ballet dance school. The history of the movements and steps, as well as famous dancers, are usually referenced and studied, especially as students become more advanced. While it’s unlikely that your preschooler will learn about history in their studio (these classes are strictly for fun!), older children should be expected to understand historical references and how these historical figures relate to dancing today.

Students Will Learn About Music And Rhythm

You can’t be a dancer without understanding how music and rhythm relate to dancing. Students will be able to learn about a number of musical styles, including classical pieces by composers such as Tchaikovsky, who is responsible for Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, along with modern music, such as pieces by George Gershwin. Because music and dancing are so heavily intertwined, students who attend a ballet dance school will certainly gain exposure to different musical styles.

Students Will Learn Respect

Lastly, a student enrolled in dancing lessons will learn respect for their instructors, their classmates and themselves. A student must know how to accept corrections respectfully in order to succeed in class. Most teachers strive to create a space that’s respectful and safe, which can give children confidence, even as they’re learning brand new individual steps. This confidence can extend into all areas of a child’s life, giving them the opportunity to be successful. Studies have even shown that children who study the arts are more respectful and cooperative with their peers.

While children will certainly be trained in steps and movements at a ballet dance school, these aren’t the only things they can take away from lessons. Dancing lessons will help children understand how to be disciplined, while teaching them about history and music and how to be respectful of themselves, their instructors and their classmates. If you’re interested in helping your child succeed in all areas of life, call around to some local studios to find the right one that fits your needs.

A Step Above Dance Academy is a leading ballet dance school in Batavia. The school offers different types of dance classes including jazz, ballet and hip hop class. If you’re interested in finding out more, or to see a schedule, please visit http://www.astepaboveacademy.net/.

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One thought on “What Students Will Learn At A Ballet Dance School (Hint, It’s Not Just Dancing)

  1. What great observations about how we learn so much more than to dance! As a dancer from decades earlier, I can relate to everything you said! It’s all true and it’s all useful far beyond the ballet class walls. I used some of those skills when I wrote my YA novel, 84 Ribbons.

    Posted by Paddy | January 17, 2014, 6:55 pm

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