Dance Benefits for Young Children

If you learned and performed dance yourself, then you probably have an understanding of the benefits of dance and performing – even if it is instinctive rather than analytical. We understand these benefits and are very proud to encourage the development of so many fine young people by providing them with an education in dance and performing.

By training in dance, a young person develops not only physical strength and motor skills, they also grow emotionally. Dance allows young people to discover and explore their natural instincts for movement, enabling them to develop their mental abilities and emotional personalities. By learning to perform, a young person learns about who they really are in a variety of environments, and what they can accomplish both individually and with a group.

When they discover interaction with an audience and win the appreciation of that audience, they learn valuable lessons about communication and contribution that could never be learned in a classroom.

Dance transcends cultural boundries

The performance of dance transcends all ages, cultures and languages, meaning that there are few barriers to appreciating dance. A dancer performing for an audience of different faiths, races and cultures has a opportunity to learn about the universality of human creativity and art.

Very young children are nearly always natural dancers. Children may learn dance more naturally and easily than they learn language. Words may be required while this art is being learned but none are required when you dance. It is sad that school curricula seldom if ever include any form of dance training or experience.

I refer here to young people, but anyone who learns dance can learn these lessons.

Dance has power

Two premier American choreographers defined the powerful impact of dance like this:

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. -Agnes De Mille

I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep to find for words. -Ruth St. Denis

Many children are transformed by learning dance. As they master the simpler skills and begin to combine these into competence in performing, these children develop an inner strength. They learn about their own beauty of body and spirit and learn to express their beauty through their dance. A clumsy child can develop grace, a shy child can learn to shine. Children who lack focus often learn that they love to dance and develop increased abilities to concentrate on learning this skill.

Every child is different but one thing is true for nearly every single one: As they learn to dance and perform, our children experience remarkable personal growth.

We seek to instill a love of dance from the very first lesson. We would love to work with your children, whether they have started their dance training elsewhere or this is their first class.

If you’re not sure how to start, request our free dance analysis to get a recommendation from a professional dance instructor to learn what style of dance is perfect for your child.  Take the first step by visiting our website to request this free dance analysis. We look forward to meeting you and your child soon.

Help your child be physically fit through dance

A few decades ago, parents used to be able to count on schools to provide physical training and exercise for their children. But the emphasis on physical education has waned severely, to the point that many schools have no physical education programs at all. In 2012, the New York Times reported that a survey of the nation’s high schools revealed that nearly half had no physical education classes at all in an average week. A study from the University of Georgia noted that only six states required the 150 minutes of exercise per week in elementary schools that is recommended by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education.

To aggravate this situation, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition stated that children now spend an average of seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen.

It’s up to parents who want their children to grow up strong and fit to build a positive pattern of vigorous activity for those kids. Add to that, training in physical competence and an understanding of how to stay fit for life and you have a winning combination.

At DK Dance Productions, we see our students benefit in so many more ways than just learning to dance. They learn how to prepare for exercise by warming up and stretching. They learn how to move correctly to prevent injuries. And dance is a form of exercise they can perform their whole lives. Participation in rough and tumble team sports has a short lifespan but dancers can continue to participate in dance for nearly their whole lives. Dancers Martha Graham and Fred Astaire were both dancing in their 60s. In fact, Astaire’s last performance was when he was 80 years old!

Even if children have an adequate amount of vigorous exercise in their schedules, other sports activities are not likely to offer the flexibility that dance does. Plus there are the benefits of learning poise and good posture as the fundamentals of dance are mastered.

And a dance class never gets rained out!

If you’re thinking of starting your child in dance, we want to make this process simple and painless for you. We would be happy to welcome your child for an introductory dance class. Let your son or daughter see how our classes run and get the feel of working alongside our other students. It important to us to create a supportive atmosphere to generate a love for dancing in every one of our students.

Call DK Dance Productions today to arrange for an introductory dance class – (314)921-5800. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Helping Children Develop Social Skills with Dance Classes

Teaching dance is far more than just training bodies to move in a particular pattern. While students of dance certainly learn self-discipline and persistence, they also gain a valuable education in social skills. Each time a student learns a move they thought difficult to master, they gain self-confidence. Confidence not only makes them a better performer, it helps in school, at home and in social settings.

When they practice with another student to help them work through a difficult series of steps, they learn a valuable lesson in relationships. Being able to handle relationships makes them a better member of the corps de ballet, chorus line or troupe. This lesson also carries over into every other aspect of their lives.

We focus on giving our young dancers a safe environment in which they can develop these skills. During our classes, we make sure to encourage all our students to learn, perform and interact with other students to the best of their own abilities. Learning dance should be challenging but never overwhelming.

Dance as Self-Expression

Dance is not only athletic, it’s also a form of creative expression. As they master the basics of dance, each young dancer learns to bring something unique to her performance. It is wonderful to watch children bloom as they realize they can add their own emotions and feelings to their performances. They may not realize that they are learning the true purpose of communication with every class and performance. This is another skill that will serve them well at home, with their friends or in their future careers.

Using Dance to Improve Children’s Relationships – an Example

In Puyallup, Washington, elementary school children who had never danced before were presented with a ten-week class that taught six ballroom dances – merengue, waltz, tango, foxtrot, rumba, and swing – plus the heel-toe polka, stomp and Cha-Cha Slide. School Principal Almai Malit-Idler noted that learning dance is a way for children to break down social barriers between girls and boys, build their self-confidence, teach them to work as a team and above all, learn to treat everyone with respect. At the end of the ten weeks, children who were scared and nervous at the start of the program performed not only for their classmates but also for their parents in an evening show.

You can read about their experience here.

Every child can benefit from becoming skilled at dance. We have trained hundreds of children in  the St. Louis-Florissant area with this kind of well-rounded approach. If you feel your child is ready to gain in grace, confidence and skill, call DK Dance Productions to arrange for an introductory dance class at (314) 921-5800

Looking for an After School Activity? Try Dance!

We all want our children to be interested in life and engaged in their own personal development.

Ideally, our children will not only stay out of trouble, but will find pursuits that they can be passionate about – pursuits that will hopefully have long-term benefits into adulthood.

Dance classes such as those we offer at DK Dance Studio in Florissant, Missouri are an excellent method of keeping children engaged in the learning process and away from the television for a few hours.

According to a study published by Colorado State University, children who participate in after school activities are 49% less likely to try recreational drugs, and are 37% less likely to become teen parents than those children who have no after school activities.

Considering the time, money and work involved in sorting out a child who is on drugs or who is a teen parent, I believe it is important for us to consider how to keep our children engaged in personal growth after school is out.

Dance classes are a wonderful way to get children engaged in after school activities.

Children who take dance lessons:

  • Develop confidence in front of others
  • Become physically fit
  • Learn discipline and the benefits of practice

As a parent who wants to give their child the best possible chance for success, wouldn’t it be valuable to have your children voluntarily engaged in an activity that will make them less likely to use drugs or become young parents? I think so. It’s one of the reasons I teach dance nearly every day at our dance studio in Florissant, Missouri.

Dance is a terrific way for students to become more interested in a wide range of music, learn how to use their bodies and  learn the discipline of hard practice.

If you are interested in possible getting your children enrolled in dance classes, please don’t hesitate to call (314) 921-5800. One of my many knowledgeable instructors will help you decide which dance class is the best fit for you.

All the World’s a Stage … Especially When You’re Involved in Musical Theater

In the musical theater world, they are known as triple threats. A triple-threat is an actor who can sing and who has studied with a dance studio. They are considered a triple threat by others who audition with them for a role in musical theater because there are three ways in which they could beat everyone else out for a role: acting, singing, or dancing. It does not matter whether the audition happens in a Broadway theater or at the Civic Center Theatre right here in Florissant, a triple threat is a force to be reckoned with.

If you love theater and would like to audition for roles in musicals, there is a dance studio right in Florissant that offers classes focused exclusively on musical theater. Students at the dance studio have the opportunity to express, through dance, the themes, emotions, and actions that are going on in songs from the theater. Plus, to ensure that you are truly prepared to dance proficiently in any musical in which you might be cast, you are required to be a member of a competitive dance team at the studio in order to take the musical theater class. That level of dance training means that you will be a triple threat every time you audition.

Whether you are headed for a career in New York or you just want a shot at a role the next time The Alpha Players of Florissant do a musical, the Florissant dance studio that can prepare you is DK Dance Productions. Contact DK Dance Productions today to get the training that you need to turn the entire world into your stage.

DK Dance Productions’ Florissant dance studio offers a wide variety of dance classes. Whether you are an adult who wants a fun form of exercise, a parent who wants to tumble with your toddler, or a competitive dancer looking to improve technique, DK Dance Productions challenges you physically while providing a creative outlet for your talents. Contact us today at 314.921.5800 or visit us online at and find out why many of our current and former students say that we are the best dance studio ever.