How Is Dance Helping My Preschool Age Child?
As a parent, it can be overwhelming to find the perfect activity to place your child in that not only keeps them active but keeps their mind fit as well! We at Alberta Ballet School have dance classes in Calgary and dance studios in Edmonton that we know will be the right fit for your child, but you may have some unanswered questions. Keep reading our blog post to learn more about how dance can help your preschool-age child.
At this age, your child likely has a big imagination! The instructors at Alberta Ballet School encourage this by finding ways to connect a child’s thoughts to their movements. Not only does this allow them to express themselves creatively, but also allows them to develop their vocabulary, practice self-regulating and control through their newfound locomotor skills. The dedication, discipline, and focus children learn and practice in dance classes are important life skills that will transfer to other aspects of their lives.
In dance classes, children get to interact with one another. Through this, they are able to learn how to work together and develop skills like cooperation and trust. For many, it’s the first time they’re in a school setting where they have to practice rules and are learning from adults other than their parents. At this age, they are starting to understand what it is like to be part of a community. By learning through peer-directed play and self-directed play, they can begin to create strong relationships and feel as though the dance studio is a safe place for them to be themselves and build confidence.
Building upon the idea of building community, dance promotes creativity and can create a place of belonging. In addition, dance can create universal communication and cultural understanding which is important to instill in children at this age to develop empathy and openness to different types of expression.
At Alberta Ballet School, we have found that preschool (ages 3-5), is the best period for the development of creativity, and creative problem-solving. Our talented instructors create an environment for students that allows them to explore movement in their bodies without fear.
For more information about any of our dance classes in Calgary and dance studios in Edmonton, please call the Alberta Ballet School at 403-245-2274 ext. 722 or fill out our online contact form, and we will be happy to assist you!