Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What Age Should A Child Start Dance Lessons

Dance lessons can be exciting for both children and parents.  Learning to dance is a wonderful afterschool activity for children filled with many benefits.   Not only do dance lessons foster a positive self image in young girls and boys, they also help teach a child self confidence, self discipline, grace and poise.  Introducing a child to dance at a young age will help them develop a love of the arts and a passion for music and dancing.  

So, when should your child start taking dance lessons?   Most dance studios agree, the younger the better.  In fact, students can start as young as two years of age in a "combination" class which include Ballet, Tap and Tumbling.  As these preschoolers begin learning creative movement, it helps them once they begin more structured danceclasses.  

Helping channel your children's seemingly boundless energy through a team sport or dance can be an effective way to keep your kids happy and active. However, many team sports are not appropriate for younger children because of their structured nature.  Dance classes are a great alternative to team sports, and most studios offer lessons for children as young as two or three. Most parents and teachers alike agree, participating in dance classes can be beneficial for kids of all ages.  In fact, children who take dance lessons regularly have been known to improve their overall physical health. 

If you're looking for a dance studio convenient to the Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe Arizona area, locating the best local dance studio in the East Valley is easier than you'd expect.  Wagner Dance and Music is the leading performing arts school in the East Valley area.  Since 1989, Wagner has been offering both dance and music classes for students ages two to adult in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Tumbling, Cheer, Musical Theater and Voice.  

Before enrolling your child in dance lessons, call the dance studio of your choice to see when you can observe a class in session.  Once at the studio, watch how the instructor interacts with the other students in the dance class.  Good teachers will take the time to explain and demonstrate dance steps and work individually with each student.  Instructors should make all pupils feel valued and encouraged, and should demonstrate dedication to the art of dance and patience with students.  The teacher should also use positive reinforcement to ensure that not only is the form correct but also that the students are having fun. 

About Wagner Dance and Music
Since 1989, Wagner Dance and Music, a performing arts school, has been teaching East Valley students. Our 3600 square foot Gilbert facility is conveniently located on the southeast corner of Gilbert and Guadalupe in the Big Lots plaza. We offer classes for ages two to adult in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Tumbling, Cheer, Musical Theater and Voice as well as adult classes.  For more information, or to sign up for a class, visit or call 480-892-7179.

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