Nurturing Children Through Ballet

children standing at ballet barre
At some point in their early lives, girls – and even some boys – dream of performing ballet on stage. Animated movies depict ballet-dancing princesses, which is arguably one of the reasons why kids are so engrossed in this elegant type of dance.

As a parent, your days are probably highlighted by mad dashes to get to the classes on time, seeing a sea of pink tutus and black leotards, as well as your daughter’s smile. Undeniably, she loves it, and you should too. No, I’m not saying you should take classes, but you would want to learn and appreciate what this graceful art form does to your child’s overall development in the long run.

Ballet Helps Children Love and Appreciate the Arts

The dance originated in Italy during the Renaissance period in the 15th century, and was further developed in France (thus the numerous French terminologies) through the patronage of King Louis XIV, who was an accomplished performer himself. It is accompanied by fine musical scores, originating from the Renaissance, Classical and Romantic periods by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky.

By exposing your children to ballet, they become more accustomed not only to the dance, but also to the music. We all know that Classical music (along with ones from the other periods before the 20th century) is highly beneficial to kids. As they become more accustomed to music, you never know, they may develop interest in music and later ask for piano lessons.

Remember, you should always nurture the above mentioned hobbies. They’re healthy!

It Helps Develop Discipline and Etiquette

The world of ballet is extremely strict, and some instructors can be a bit harsh. Though this level of strictness is only inclusive to higher levels, there is some degree of discipline and etiquette taught in classes catering to younger students.

For instance, children are taught to treat their instructors and classmates with the highest degree of respect and courtesy, and certain rules such as keeping silent are strictly enforced. Punctuality is also a must (arriving late means you’ll miss exercises), and proper manners are a necessity.

When exposed to a ballet atmosphere at an early age, kids will learn how to conduct themselves in certain places and situations. Kids will also learn the value of preparing in advance, since kids who end up loving ballet class will make an effort to prepare their leotards and garments in advance.

It Helps Children Develop Physically

Physical development is severely lacking in children nowadays, since the days of playing outdoors are gradually being overshadowed by digitalization. If ballet is taken up as a hobby, kids will not only get some much needed exercise, but also have an advantage over their peers in terms of body control and coordination, which are a must if he or she is looking to become an athlete in the future. They will also be more watchful of their health and nutrition.

Muscular development is also supported, as well as overall endurance and stamina. Bear in mind that according to a study, kids these days don’t get a lot of exercise. Don’t let your child become a part of this unfortunate statistic!

It Enhances Self-Esteem

In terms of psychological and emotional health, the effects of ballet are astoundingly positive. As children learn more routines and figures, they gain a sense of accomplishment. As they progress further into the advanced stages of the art, they will value themselves and their talents more.

It Helps Kids Learn the Value of Hard Work and Perseverance

Ballet is a difficult art to master, but as most ballet teachers say, it is easy to find fulfillment in it if you work hard and persevere. As their lessons progress, they will likely fail in their first few attempts at performing a certain set of movements. Constant practice and encouragement will later make them master the said movements. They will learn firsthand that they can achieve anything if they put their minds into it.

It Eliminates Stage Fright

Overcoming stage fright is a difficult challenge, especially if you’re not used to performing in front of large crowds. We’ve even seen veteran speakers and performers crumble under the entertainment-starved eyes and ears of their audiences.

Most ballet schools around the world hold concerts and performances starring their students, and being involved in one helps kids be less wary of nerves acting up before hitting the stage. Remember, if one is confident with their abilities, performing in front of a large audience will always be a cinch!

It Forms Social Bonds

Ballet classes provide an avenue for children to form friendships and strengthen social bonds with their peers. Other than forging social links, kids will learn the value of teamwork, as well as the importance of cooperation and trust, particularly during group performances. The classes also helps kids overcome shyness, and helps them learn how to adjust within other groups in the long run.

Overall, ballet is more than pink tutus, leotards, and smiling children. It’s an art form which will certainly give your child a boost in the long run.

Do you have your own ballet story? Please share it with us in the comments!

About the author:

Mikhail Blacer is currently the sports editor of Scoopfed, and works as a part-time peer counselor in his locality. He is also a brother to a little sister who loves going to ballet classes.

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