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

Helping Children be Healthy through Dance

Learning to dance gives children confidence, poise and grace. It can help children learn to focus their attention and helps teach discipline that will have benefits socially and in school.

However, there are other benefits to learning dance that are very important to consider in modern times.

According to kidshealth.org, children between the ages of 8 and 18 watch television for 4 hours a day, and spend an additional 2 hours a day in front of a computer screen. To put this in perspective, it represents 42 hours a week – more time than most children spend in school.

The habits we form in childhood often carry over into adulthood. If, as children, we lead a sedentary lifestyle, then it is likely that we will be sedentary and unhealthy adults.

Dance classes provide the physical exercise that our children need to be healthy as children and active as adults.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children participate in vigorous intensity aerobic exercise for an hour at least 3 times a week.

Dance provides a fun way to achieve this modest goal that children love.

At DK Dance Productions, we provide the dance instruction and motivation necessary to keep children interested in dance. This gives them reasons to practice at home, and so provides a lifestyle of physical activity that will carry forward into adulthood.

We all want to have healthy children. Dance is a great way to teach them the benefits of being physically active.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in dance classes, but are unsure what class to enroll in, we offer a free dance class finder. This is a fun and fast quiz that helps to discover what style of dance is a perfect fit for your child. Simply click the link, do the quiz, and a professional dance instructor will contact you within a day or so and let you know what style of dance is right for your child.

If you’d like your child to be more physically fit, dance is a great solution! Complete our free dance class finder now and help your child get on the road to better health.

Dancing as a Universal Language

As a child grows up, she is learning who she wants to be. She may try on different models of living, first being like her mother and then perhaps like entertainers who may impress her with their art. As she matures, she learns also what is in her heart to express and what words to use to make her feelings known. The more easily this skill comes to her, the more successful she is likely to be in her personal and business relationships.

Undercutting the thousands of languages in the world is the language of dance. Fluid, graceful movements communicate instantly and deeply across barriers of culture, race or words. Every human culture has used dance in one way or another. Think of all the ways the Western Culture uses dance – for weddings, sporting events like gymnastics and ice skating, cheerleaders supporting games, street competitions featuring hip hop, musical concerts and charitable events. It’s part of all kinds of entertainments, from waltzing with a partner to Superbowl halftime shows and Broadway shows. It’s a universal medium of communication.

When a child learns to dance, she learns to express feelings and emotions from the tragic to the sublime. By learning to control her own body, she learns grace. By learning to use dance to express feelings and emotions, either her own or that of the composer or choreographer, she gains a greater ability and range of expression that will never leave her.

The Range of Dance Taught at DK Dance Productions

We understand that there so many ways to communicate via dance and so we include a wide range of dance styles at our studio. All the most popular styles of dance that your child is likely to be exposed to in our current culture are available. Of course, ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance are included, and should your child decide to progress on to ballroom style dance, these basics provide all the foundation needed.

We also teach hip hop, tumbling, acrobatic dance and pom poms. Advanced students who wish to perform in musical theatre have special classes available to them. We know that it can be difficult to decide what specific dance your child should learn first. We have created a special free and fun quiz, the Free Dance Class Finder, that allows you to get the help of a dance professional to determine what dance style would best match your child’s personality and interests.

We have used the term “she” so far in this article, but we have many boys in our classes as well. We have some classes especially for young men and other classes welcome both boys and girls.

The Ability to Communicate

When a young person gains the ability to express the feelings and emotions of dance, he truly gains in the ability to communicate in any way – one of life’s most essential abilities. This helps a young person overcome shyness and build confidence in any setting. These are excellent foundations for life, no matter who that young child eventually decides he wants to be.

If your child has expressed an interest in dance, bring her to one of our introductory dance classes. Just call our studio to schedule her first class – 314-921-5800. We’re looking forward to opening her eyes to the world of dance.

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 www.dkdancepro.com and find out why many of our current and former students say that we are the best dance studio ever.

Dance Recitals: Creating Memories One Step at a Time

If you ever took a dance class at a studio in Hazelwood, you no doubt remember springtime dance recitals when you got to show off everything that you had learned over the year. Recitals were also the time when you got to see the different dance moves that the older students in the advanced classes at the dance studio got to do. Your family came, sometimes even extended family, and it was a huge event.

Those memories stick with you after so many years because a dance studio that has a year-end recital is not just showcasing itself, but is allowing each member of the studio to shine, as well. No matter how nervous you were on the stage and actually danced, when it was all said and done, and you heard the thunderous applause, you had a sense of pride and accomplishment. You had also gained a greater self-confidence by getting up and performing in front of family, friends, and strangers.

Now that you are grown up and have children of your own, it may be time to start creating similar memories for them. Aside from all of the health, social, and even academic benefits of belonging to a Hazelwood dance studio, your children will benefit from the recital experience in all the same ways that you did. If you are looking for a dance studio in Hazelwood where your children can feel that same joy and pride in performing, DK Dance Productions has wonderful dance class options that your child will love. Contact DK Dance Studio and Production today and begin creating memories for your child … one dance step at a time.

Dance Studio Hazelwood – DK Dance Productions and Dance Studio in Hazelwood 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 www.dkdancepro.com and find out why many of our current and former students say that we are the best dance studio in Hazelwood.