WHY DANCE AND GYMNASTICS?
All children benefit from classes and participation in gymnastics & dance! The areas listed below are a small sampling of the actual benefits from gymnastics & dance activities. You have done a terrific job of parenting by getting your child interested in these educational sports. Many of the benefits of gymnastics & dance are not related to learning gymnastics & dance skills, but more important developmental areas that will help your child become a better student and young adult. Gymnastics & dance programs are not solely about creating high level athletes. There are so many more important areas to consider. All children, regardless of ability, should stay in gymnastics & dance for 3 – 5 years, if not longer, to get the full benefit of what their sport teaches.
Through the challenge of learning gymnastics & dance skills, the students gain confidence with each step that they take. For example, with gymnastics , doing skills on the beams and bars helps them gain confidence in their own abilities. This improved self confidence will transfer to other areas of their lives including school.
Gymnastics & dance instruction helps develop better coordination and body movement. For the young child, a great deal of their self confidence comes from how coordinated they are because their “world” is so physical rather than mental. Gymnastics & dance improves coordination.
Non “Star” Athletes
Some children do not have the skills to be a “star” athlete in any sport. But in gymnastics, cheerleading, dance and tae kwon do we can control their progress and challenges. Children who are a little weaker, a little overweight and/or a little less flexible can all find success with our terrific, caring gymnastics & dance instructors. Every child can benefit from gymnastics & dance.
Hard Work Ethic
Gymnastics & dance are tough sports. The best thing about it is that the kids have to earn the skills, we just can’t give them to them. This hard work shows them that the more they work the more they learn. What a great lesson. You want your children to have a “hard work ethic,” don’t you?
Participation in gymnastics & dance helps the athletes become more flexible. Baseball players, basketball players, football players and all other sports need more flexible athletes. Gymnastics & dance builds flexibility better than any other sports. Flexibility also helps limit injuries.
Especially for the younger ones, gymnastics & dance gives the little ones a weekly chance to learn about social skills like listening and following directions, taking turns, being quiet, respecting others and a lot more. The gymnastics & dance instructors work hard to build social skills with their students because they are so important in other aspects of the lives of the little ones.
So, so important today. We do have rules in gymnastics & dance classes and the teachers treat these rules as being very important. The more discipline the children get today the better off they will be. Gymnastics & dance classes are a very controlled environment. Very helpful for the child!
Yes, we stress politeness in classes as the way to treat others. The teacher is polite to the students and the students are expected to do the same to the teachers and to their class mates. The more the kids are exposed to “politeness” the better.
In this world of a lot of obese children, fitness is critical to the current and future health of our children. Gymnastics & dance classes are full of activities that will make your child more fit and help keep them healthy. You have them in the right place if fitness is important to you and your family.
Some parts of gymnastics & dance are very challenging. We think that this is good training for all kids. They need to be challenged. The key is that we challenge them with “attainable challenges” so that they are successful the majority of the time. To face a challenge, maybe with a little fear, and then to accomplish the challenge is a wonderful part of the classes and it happens all of the time. We want confident, aggressive children.
Learning To Perform In Front Of People
What a terrific, sometimes overlooked, benefit of gymnastics & dance. Gymnastics & dance classes have the students perform their skills in front of other students which helps teach “performance” and makes performing in front of others easier. These students tend to be the 1st ones at school to volunteer to do things in front of the class as they have learned to “perform” which is going to help them throughout their lives.
Gymnastics & dance builds determination. Some skills are hard to master so the children learn determination in continuing to work hard even when things are tough. Such an important lesson.
Moving and lifting their bodies during gymnastics & dance activities helps build upper body strength as well as leg strength. This helps the students who also participate in other sports. Do you want a strong child? You have them in the right place.
Our teachers care about every student regardless of their potential. We know that every child can learn a great deal by being involved in these incredible sports. Every child is important in our classes.
You have done a great job of parenting by having your children in gymnastics & dance. Keep them with us as long as possible as gymnastics & dance benefits all athletes and every child regardless of talent and ability. Your child will be a much more mature, well prepared young adult because of their involvement in gymnastics & dance instruction. Gymnastics & dance teaches so much more than forward rolls, kicks and pirouettes!