Benefits: Dance at 3

Benefits of Dance for 3-Year-Olds

Children are drawn to music, and with their active imaginations and boundless energy, ballet is a natural outlet that allows them to express themselves while they learn valuable skills that will last a lifetime.

Music Appreciation. An integral part of their introduction to ballet, young children find the rhythms of different music styles soothing, even as it encourages movement and expression. The classical music associated with traditional ballet is appropriate for every age.

History. Ballet is the one of the oldest forms of dance in existence, with the basic foot and hand positions enduring – virtually unchanged – for centuries. Introduction at an early age to the basic concepts, and to famous ballets such as Cinderella and The Nutcracker, lays a foundation for an interest in the history of the art form, an appreciation of being a part of something significant, and an awareness of other cultures.

Following Instructions. Beginning ballet allows 3-year-olds to learn to follow instructions and to interact with a group, both of which are essential skills they will use throughout their lifetimes.

Creative Movement. Ballet at this age introduces students to proper posture, helps them develop coordination, and encourages them to express themselves through body movements and to use their imaginations.

Strength. Unlike other forms of exercise instruction, which can be harmful to a child’s bones, the smooth movements and postures of beginning ballet encourage bone strength, which helps prepare young bodies for more challenging dance styles and exercise later on.

Flexibility. Young children are naturally flexible. Introducing basic ballet positions in their third year makes use of that flexibility and helps encourages them to maintain it as they get older.

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