Ready to enroll your toddler in a dance class? If you have a toddler who loves to move while being creative, silly and social, then consider the world of dance. Dancing is a fun and interactive way for children to grow and develop in all levels. Here are a few points to ponder when choosing a dance class.
We all know toddlers need to have fun to stay engaged. While the right dance class should be entertaining, it should also help develop your toddler’s motor skills, flexibility, musicality and self-confidence. Toddler-focused dance classes can incorporate ribbons, scarves, maracas, wands and hula hoops to keep your child engaged while promoting physical and social awareness. It’s important to explore the different ways our bodies can move and the many shapes they can make. Tapping into your child’s love for music and sound helps to form the foundation for a healthy love of dance and music for years to come.
Two-year-olds typically are more comfortable learning with a partner with whom they already connect and trust. Separation from parents can sometimes be difficult for toddlers. Most importantly, most children at this age have not yet experienced copying movements and following a teacher’s directions. Dance classes for toddlers should be structured to allow parent participation throughout the class while also allowing a child and parent to separate from each other. Parents or caregivers should be encouraged to provide comfort and guidance at whatever level they are comfortable with, to help make their child’s first structured dance experience a success.
What to expect in class
Warm up, circle time activities are a great way to ease dancers into the class. Parents may be encouraged to join in the fun, using engaging props like scarves and shakers. A large, creative, movement activity can round out the class as children focus on the teacher for instruction. This may be followed by parent participation as the exercise evolves.
Grace Tummino is Marketing Specialist at LINX in Wellesley, a Parent Talk Platinum Level Partner and company that offers classes and camp experiences to help children have fun while they learn.
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