Register for Pre-Ballet at tcparks.org if your child has expressed an interest in dance and might enjoy learning new styles of dance. The 45-minute classes are held once a week on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. from March 26th to April 30th. The cost is $100 per child and classes are held in the Arts Trailer in the parking lot at Independence Park East (501 Parkview).
Pre-ballet is for beginners age 3-5, and students will focus on socialization, teamwork, learning appropriate dance etiquette and how to follow directions. Students also learn basic ballet vocabulary, such as positions of the feet and arms, jumps and moving freely through space with the use of pathways and levels. Creative expression and improvisation also take place with this age group. Warm-up exercises are taught at the barre and in the center floor. Students will gain exposure to turns and jumps from the corner.
Three great benefits of ballet include:
Like all dance forms, ballet is physically intense. The Colorado School of Dance website points out that ballet improves muscular strength, flexibility and range of motion. Ballet training also boosts coordination and balance while correcting poor alignment, according to the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago. Combinations that involve jumping and leaping increase heart rate, which can improve endurance, stamina and overall cardiovascular health. Like other forms of dance, ballet can improve body awareness and physical self-control.
In addition to its physical benefits, ballet can also help to improve children's mental and emotional health. The Brighton Ballet Theater website asserts that training in classical ballet instills a sense of pride and accomplishment, which can boost self-esteem. As children improve and master more challenging movement combinations, they feel more self-assured, which can carry over into other areas of their lives. Dance training can also be a great way to relax and use excess energy productively after school.
Ballet classes provide a social outlet for kids. Attending classes regularly can help young children develop their social skills. The National Dance Education Organization claims ballet and other dance forms help foster teamwork, communication, trust and cooperation. Ballet can also help children to forge new friendships, overcome shyness or awkwardness in social situations and reduce the fears associated with being in a group and performing in front of an audience.
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