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How do I choose the best dance style for my child?
With pink shoes and pretty costumes, ballet is a huge draw for many young girls. But boys can do it, too! Ballet is a graceful and beautiful dance that takes lots of precision and strength. It can take a long time to master ballet, which means that, in the beginning, kids likely aren’t doing the moves they envision. However, if they stick with it, there are several performance opportunities in most areas. Ballet tends to be more structured than other types of dance and requires dedication. Ballet is a great cornerstone for other dance styles and can help introduce kids to the world of dance.
Tap is rhythmic, energetic, and loud. Anyone can tap and have fun learning the
basics. Even if your kid isn’t very coordinated, tap can still be a good fit. Tap is a great option for kids who love to make noise and have fun. The style lends itself well to
self-expression. Although students learn tap dance in groups during class, the style works well for individual performers. More advanced tappers often perform solo or in small groups. Tap is a great form of exercise for dancers at all levels—young students will like getting their wiggles out and making sounds, and more experienced dancers can enjoy the self-expression and movement that comes from tap.
Creative dance in young kids focuses on the development of motor skills and emotional expression. This style allows for less structure and following of a rigid set of rules. Creative is the beginnings of modern dance (also known as contemporary dance) which requires fluid movements and strength. Using the elements of body, action, space, time, and energy modern is a highly expressive style of dance that challenges the structure of other styles. Although these dances are often done in groups, dancers focus more on telling a story than being completely synchronized.
Jazz dancing is high energy with big movements. Kids who love to perform and who have big personalities choose Jazz dancing as a perfect dance style. Jazz dancing is very diverse and can cover anything from a slower, modern number to a Broadway-style routine. The variety of movement is exciting for kids, especially if they get bored with one style. Although jazz dancing can be improvised, it requires a lot of technical skill that can take some time to master. Many jazz dancers start with other dance styles, such as ballet, before moving to jazz. However, kids can start in jazz from the beginning and still get very skilled in the movements.
Acro Dance combines dance techniques with acrobatic elements, fusing them together choreographically so they are artistically intertwined and smoothly executed. Acro Dance is generally considered to have three main elements: strength, balance, and flexibility. Other elements that are often seen in Acro Dance include some or all of the following: contortion, limbering, partnering and/or group work, lifts, tumbling, and some form of classical dance technique. Acro can be fused with a variety of dance styles including, but not limited to contemporary, modern, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, and theatrical dance. Often you might see some elements of Acro Dance included in a dance routine, but this doesn’t make it an Acro dance.
Hip-hop is a fun, inventive style done to popular music. Improvisation is huge for hip-hop dancers. Early classes teach children the basic moves, which they’re able to use to improvise dances as they improve. Hip hop can be enticing for kids because they get to dance to music they know and do moves they’ve likely seen on TV. Hip hop is a great way for young dancers to express themselves. It’s a good option for kids who don’t like to be held back with too many rules. Hip-hop can be a fun way for kids to make friends and build their confidence. It also requires a lot of body awareness to move certain parts of the body and is a great form of cardio exercise.
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