We know ballet is beautiful and know ballet dancers are stunning…but ballet is also a wonderful gift you can give your toddler to help them in life.
Many studies have shown that movement based classes including dance support better scores in literacy and numeracy. Young children who are regularly engaged in physical activities demonstrate cognitive benefits including improved attention, better ability to problem solve and better management of their own emotions.
The younger a child is when they start learning something the easier it is for them. They adapt and learn much more quickly when they are toddlers than teenagers. As 90% of the neural pathways are laid down by the age of 5 so by getting your child involved earlier you are doing them a favour.
So let’s get this laid down early!
Physically ballet helps your child:
- Increase bone density
- Enhance coordination and rhythm
- Improve fine and gross motor skills
- Strengthen posture and improve deportment
- Increase flexibility and strengthen balance
- Develop long, lean and strong muscles
- Learn about proper health and nutrition
Socially ballet helps your child:
- Develop teamwork
- Learn patience and respect for taking turns
- Learn to follow instruction
- Build an inherent sense of musicality and rhythm
- Develop a sense of pride in their own work
- Establish lifelong meaningful friendships
Mentally ballet helps your child
- Develop and improve listening skills
- Improve focus and concentration
- Build confidence
- Develop passion
- Become culturally enriched
- Channel their emotional energy into a creative outlet
The early years are critical for establishing a strong foundation for human growth in all developmental domains and ballet classes will do that…maybe you should consider ballet for toddler.