The Benefits of Dance

Why Take Ballet?

Children begin ballet for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it's because a child has been dancing around the house and displays a keen interest in dance and movement. In other cases, a parent feels it will develop grace or better posture. Sometimes ballet is used as physical therapy or to correct a physical weakness or injury. 

Ballet is both a challenging and fulfilling body discipline that develops both coordination and mental acuity as well as helps to develop an ear for music and the joy in having the body respond to it. From an exercise standpoint, ballet's many benefits include muscular strengthening and the building of cardiovascular stamina, and the potential to increase flexibility and agility. An absolute benefit includes postural awareness and alignment. Using the weight of the body against gravity strengthens lean muscle tissue and builds strong arms and legs. Ballet is without a doubt the best precursor to any other type of dance and also improves success in other sports and activities such as gymnastics. Many athletes use dance and ballet to cross-train and improve their physical skills. Specifically, ballet improves strength, flexibility, coordination, dexterity and agility. Adding ballet to a workout will complement just about any sport.  

For Emotional and Cognitve Development...

The study of ballet helps students to develop skills of determination and agility, and also build self-confidence. Ballet develops grace, and the discipline of the movement and practice promotes the tendency toward excellent organizational skills. The practice and discipline developes impressive concentration levels, superior understanding of commitment, artistry, the desire for self-expression, as well as exceptional physical fitness. Studying ballet additionally challenges the mind to improve memorization which can even improve dyslexia and learning disabilities. And finally, students gain the satisfaction of reaching long-term goals.

For Theatrical and Performance Skills...

The opportunity to perform movements and steps set to music alongside your classmates or as a solo dancer are skills that when developed, stay with a student for life. Presentation skills are ones that develop over time and become more fun and fulfilling, and less intimidating, with practice, whether the child is headed for a career on the stage or in some other line of work.

To Pursue Dance as a Career...

To those who are destined for the theatres, the younger one starts, the more time and opportunity one has to develop the skills, talent, artistry and discipline necessary to make it as a professional dancer -- ballet or otherwise. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of both those participating for recreational development all the way to those students who set their sights on making dance a fulfilling career.