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Recreation vs. Competitive Dance

Posted by Lindsay Huitt on October 29, 2015 at 9:55 AM

Recreational and Competitive Dance. Two very different worlds of dance. Both with a unique set of benefits and challenges. Here is why we support both.

 

When a young child steps into the studio for the first time they often already bring with them a love of movement and music. Parents will tell me "He/she dances all the time at home. She just loves it!" We are born with a natural enjoyment of moving to music. At it's simplest form this is recreational dance.


Children will be asked to dance in preschool, P.E. classes, music class, at weddings and birthday parties. There are so many times in life we get the opportunity to dance, doesn't it just make sense to know a few basics to make this easier? Taking a few recreational dance classes will put the tools in your child's reach for understanding tempo, rhythm, coordination and footwork.


Consider enrolling your child in different styles of dance such as ballet and hip hop to get a variety of exposure and acquire skills such as grace and power in movement. You have probably heard of football and wrestling coaches who require their team members to take ballet to help them be lighter on their feet or quicker at changing the direction of momentum of their weight in motion.


Exercise might be another obvious benefit that inspires parents to try dance classes. Dancers don't just burn calories in class, they build muscle, stretch to prevent injury, relieve stress, and improve motor skills. Multiple weekly classes in different styles will boost all of these benefits even more.


Challenges? A recreational student might encounter some classes were other students dance year round and are competing in dance competitions, which can be overwhelming. While this may be uncomfortable for a newer student at the core we are all in class for the same reason. Dance is healthy and fun whether you pursue it as a career, a canvas of self expression or a means of fitness. 


Competitive Dance. When your child decides "Dance is my sport" you begin your journey as a "dance mom" or dad ;).   Our studio is unique in it's size, instruction and ambition. As the coach of our competition teams my focus for the dancers is education and experience. Dancers are required to pay great attention to detail, work as a member of a team, be committed to all practices, help with fundraising, be respectful of all other dancers/team/coaches, and push their physical skill boundaries. Our competition season is January to April but the commitment to practices and the team are a full school year. For the dancers own education and growth they are required to be enrolled in at least one other class during the Fall of the year. The more classes a person takes the stronger their mental muscles become for learning choreography, an important skill for every dancer. Competition may sound like a big decision to you and you are right, it is! But the rewards are also big. Kids make life long friendships, learn lessons applicable to any sport, have the chance to earn individual awards, compete at STATE, make lasting memories, and prepare for high school or college level dance. If your son or daughter is interested in trying out for a team I would love to talk more with you personally. You may also want to pick the brains of any of our Ignite Dance Crew parents or kids. :) Thank you for reading! Blessings, Lindsay Huitt Owner, Dolce Dance

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