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The Importance of Dance Through The Years

From preschoolers taking their first steps to high schoolers mastering intricate moves, dance offers a wealth of benefits that can enhance the physical, emotional, and social development of children of all ages.  At The Dance Centre, we see these benefits and realize that there is more to dance than adorable tutus and award-winning competition routines. We also see that dance plays a different role in each phase of childhood all the way into young adulthood. 

Preschool parent and former dancer, Carrie Laney, shared with us, “Dance has been a part of my life since I can remember. I learned hard work, dedication, and confidence through dance that helped me in my career and all throughout my life.  It’s been so special to see my little girl fall in love with dance, but it’s even more important to me that she is also learning to be confident, meet new friends and have amazing role models to look up to.”  From a dance educator’s perspective, the major successes can even be found in the tiny moments, like watching a timid preschooler gain enough confidence to stand in front of an audience and smile during their recital dance.

From a parent who is an educator, Haley McGee offers her experience on how dance has influenced her elementary aged daughter. “Dance has defined the meaning of commitment, the value of working hard, and the appreciation of teamwork.” In her 7-year-old daughter, McGee has noticed that dance “has ignited a passion for creativity and imagination that has awakened confidence and instilled joy.”

As dancers grow older, the challenge of balancing academics with hours in the studio helps develop time management skills, perseverance, and a healthy work ethic that they can carry with them into their adult lives.  

Dr. Clint McEntyre, family practitioner and father to a high school aged dancer, shares with us, “I've seen first-hand that dance benefits physical health, social development, and emotional well-being. The mental and physical demands of dance and competition promote work ethic, persistence, resilience, and self-confidence. The art of dance also expands cultural awareness while teaching focus, discipline, and creativity. All of these benefits may impact a young person's academics, athletic ability, and career development.”

One of the biggest rewards for dance educators is watching graduating seniors take the life lessons they have learned through dance and embark on their new journeys with the experiences they have gained. Recent graduate of The Dance Centre and Northridge High School, Liza Grace Cole says she has “learned the value of teamwork, humility, endurance, and how to win and lose.” Cole says “It has taught me self-confidence, discipline, and leadership among my peers. I look forward to taking my experiences into college and continue dancing on The University of Alabama Dance Team, and beyond that into my career.” 

For any parent searching for a creative outlet for their young child, make sure to look for programs that nurture a healthy competitive spirit and value consistency.  To be elite at any sport, there is always a moment where the athlete or dancer must “show up” even when they may not feel like it.  A truly successful program teaches dancers how to push through the tough times to reap the successes.  “Whether it’s Open House, recital or a summer camp, TDC team goes above and beyond to make sure every child has fun and a great experience. As a mother, I’m so thankful The Dance Centre is a part of our community. They are not only committed to teaching dance but helping children learn and grow. “




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