As we know, dance has many benefits. However, stepping out to perform on to a stage is something that can give children an extra special boost. Here is a rundown of some of the valuable lessons that can be learned.
Performing in front of an audience can be a little bit scary for even the seasoned professional, but that shouldn’t be the reason not to do it. Challenging children to face their fears and overcome them is a skill that can can be carried forward into their future.
Sense of achievement
What could be better than the rush of endorphins and the pride a child feels in themselves after dancing on stage and receiving the biggest round of applause – we challenge you, the audience, don’t hold back with the clapping at the end of every routine!
Teamwork and collaboration
Dance routines are longer and more intricate than anything the children will learn for their IDTA exams. As ambitious dance teachers, we like to create patterns and make routines as interesting as possible for the audience and the performers alike. This requires dancers to work as a team to remember the moves, stage directions and timing.
Goal setting and ambition
When the whole dance school comes together it gives younger dancers the opportunity to see what the older ones have been working on. This often inspires them to work harder and gives them an aim for the future. They may also be inspired to try a different style of dance to add to their repertoire.
Fun and enjoyment
What better way to capture a child’s imagination and boost their creativity, than to let them dress up in fabulous costumes and show off their dance skills to an audience. The feeling of being backstage in a proper theatre is a very special experience.
Children will remember show numbers, songs and costumes more than any dance class they ever do, for many years to come. They will probably even learn routines that aren’t even theirs! They will remember the fun they had backstage, standing in the wings waiting for their grand entrance, and they will never forget the beaming smiles of proud parents, siblings, grandparents and friends.
This summer we look forward to bringing all of this to Zest Dance, as we invite you to be a part of our very first dance show – Take Two. Come and celebrate the children’s successes and maybe even shed one or two proud tears in the audience – I'm sure we will be from the wings!