How Does Ballroom Dance Positively Affect Our Kids?
The benefits are endless. First, we instill discipline and teach the value of community. Teens in our program commit to being a part of the ensemble, to showing up to each class and rehearsal with punctuality and a positive attitude. They are given a unique role in performances that only they can fill, making them an integral and irreplaceable part of the group. Second, we teach confidence and presence. These skills are valuable in the dance world and in 'real life.' It's the character quality that makes us approachable, desirable, and hireable. Third, we teach clear communication, both verbal and non-verbal. Our students are encouraged to use their voices in a clear and kind manner, to regard their bodies with care, and to connect to others with gentle and sophisticated touch. Fourth, we encourage creativity. Our creativity is the source of our individuality, innovation, and mental and emotional expression. Let it shine!
Notice I haven't mentioned foxtrot, waltz, or cha cha yet? That's because the details of each dance are simply the tools used to teach more valuable and applicable lessons. Believe it or not, but the value of learning ballroom dance had very little to do with dance. But those benefits exist too. Our students can engage with others on the dance floor at social events, weddings, parties, and more. They overcome shyness and 'wallflower syndrome' at dance events and otherwise. They help keep the American tradition of social dance alive for future generations.
As lifetime students of dance and founders of a dance based business, my partner and I are proof of the many benefits of learning to dance. Over the course of my journey my confidence has soared, my shyness has dissolved, my career path has defined itself, and my creativity has found a home.