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Dance Lessons

Whether you want to study to become a prima ballerina or learn the foxtrot, dance lessons are great for any age and level of skill. Many people drive their daughters and in some cases, sons, to dance lessons but deprive themselves of the experience later in life. Dance classes need not end in adolescence, but dance should be encouraged at any age. Rather than retiring the tap shoes at the age of ten, you can sustain your child’s interest in creative movement by continuing to enroll him or her in dance lessons.

There are many advantages to taking your child (and yourself) to dance lessons. Dance improves flexibility, strength and grace as well as sharpening one’s mind-body connection as dancing requires thought and creativity. We all require modes to express our emotions, and dance gives an outlet to children who wish to express themselves through movement to music. Children who go to dance lessons at an early age develop coordination and can appreciate art and music.

Traditionally, children who take dance lessons enroll in ballet, tap or jazz. There are many other types of dancing besides these three “flavors”: hip-hop, line-dancing, square dancing, ethnic dance. Adults may enjoy taking classes in ballroom dancing for certain occasions or for fun. The whole family can enroll in dance lessons depending on age and experience.

For those who want to pursue a career as a dancer, dance lessons involve intensive training and may require full-time training. There are many schools which offer advanced dance lessons for those who want to audition for professional productions or for dance ensembles. Competition to get into these schools can be quite fierce, and auditions for roles may involve dozens or scores of aspiring dancers. However, many are not daunted by the competition and pursue their dreams by auditioning for starring roles. Dance lessons are required for professionals and amateurs alike and some may emphasize exercises to improve strength and flexibility whereas other dance lessons focus on performance and technique.

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