What dance for my child?

Your child can't sit still? He waddles whenever he hears music? Then dancing is something he might just love! Because it's not easy to know which dance to choose, here are some tips from Amana, dance teacher and director of the Amana Studio dance school in Paris.

  What dance for my child?

What age to start dancing?

The courses of dance strictly speaking are generally not offered until the age of 7 . On the one hand, for a question of maturity of the child who cannot remain concentrated very a long time, and on the other hand, because his muscular and osseous systems are not sufficiently developed. 'We welcome children from the age of 4, but only for early learning lessons. The objective is to gently introduce toddlers to dance. We make them curious about everything, we put their awakened senses, so that they become aware of their body and their movements in space. We are in the game, we approach the coordination of movements and lateralization in a playful way' , explains Amana, a dance teacher in Paris. It is not recommended to approach classical dance and stretching before the age of 6 as this may affect children's motor development. In general, around the age of 7, introductory lessons can begin. Children learn to dance to music.

Which dance to start?

What dance to suggest to your child?

  • Classic dance : if he is needy
  • contemporary jazz : if he has the rhythm in his skin
  • Hip-Hop : if it is dynamic
  • Contemporary : if he is creative
  • Oriental dance : if it is theatrical

From the age of 7, children can choose a dance style according to their preference . The best way to find the dance that suits your child is to have him try several. 'At that age, you have to make them curious about everything, for listening to music and even for small movements! There is also the family culture that can influence a child's interest in a dance. Children who are used to hearing hip hop will naturally gravitate towards this type of dance. Nevertheless, within the Amana dance school, we are not in favor of giving hip hop lessons for very young people because they are still micro stretches and sudden movements. ' , details the specialist.

What dance and music for 3-6 year olds?

' In kindergarten , we make the little ones dance to nursery rhymes, but also to very beautiful music. We alternate between soft music and others, more rhythmic. The exercises don't last more than two or three minutes because they can't hold their attention for very long.' , report notre interlocutrice.

What are the benefits of dancing?

Psychological well-being

The benefits of dancing for children are many. This discipline conducive to spending their energy will obviously bring about physical changes but provide just as much psychological well-being. Self-confidence , self-esteem, management of shyness or even acceptance of oneself and one's body: so many mental dispositions that will only have good repercussions in the life of cherubim in general.

physical benefits

From the point of view of physical and bodily benefits, the practice of dance has incredible interests allowing them:

  1. to learn to harmonize their movements
  2. develop their motor skills
  3. to work on their sense of balance
  4. quickly adopt a good posture

But above all the main benefit of dancing is to make people happy, and to have fun.

How often weekly by age?

For toddlers, classes only last no more than 45 minutes , and are most often limited to two lessons per week . For older children, lessons last 1 hour and can be given up to three times a week, depending on the level of each child.

What dance for a boy?

While it is true that dance in general and certain disciplines in particular still suffer from a very gendered approach and stereotypes, a change in mentality has taken place in recent years. The popularization of dance in variety shows, but also the debate on inclusivity have something to do with it. So, if you want your boy to do classical, don't hold back, the same if your daughter wants to do breakdance. In children, the only recommendations to follow are those related to age!

Source journaldesfemmes.fr