Popular Types of Dance Classes for Kids

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    Popular Types of Dance Classes for Kids

    Dance Classes should always be pursued from an early age.  By enrolling your child in a dance class it would build up their kinesthetic intelligence and fosters self-expression and confidence. 

    For some children, it is easily identifiable whether they have dancing bones in their genes. Parents will need to find out if dance is something that their kids will even enjoy. 

    With so many different genres of dance to choose from, what are the popular types of dance classes for kids?

     

     Classical Ballet

    Known for its graceful forms and elegant poise,  classical ballet has been around for centuries and we’ve all grown up being inspired by it. The question is, is the tutu and pointed shoes right for your kid?

    What should I expect?

    Ballet is unlike any other type of dance training. For beginners, you are first taught how to stand properly, how to position your arms and bend your knees. It is a discipline that might seem challenging at first but comes with a lot of benefits. 

    Many would think kids need to take ballet at a very early age but actually it is possible to delay training until the age of 10 or 12. (Bear in mind, a child’s bones are too soft to withstand the physical demands  and exercises in ballet.)  However there are pre-ballet classes for kids aged 4 – 8. 

    Why should my kid take it up?

    It is important to understand that there is ballet for girls and ballet for boys. Ballet training is a very enduring process and kids need to have high stamina.  Girls play the elegant roles while the boys play the parts that require strength and athleticism. 

    Your child isn’t required to  take up ballet as a profession, the fitness and concentration needed alone sets sports players apart due to the discipline and concentration learned.

    It’s all down to preference. Is your child passionate and committed to this medium of dance?  You’ll know then if you’ll be making the right investment. 

     Popular Types of Dance Classes for Kids

    Available schools in Brisbane

    Alichia’s Dance Fitness Academy

    Available schools in Melbourne

    Studio D (Mount Waverley)

    Stepnout Performing Arts (Werribee)

    Rhythm Factory (Beaumaris)

    Rhythm Factory (Black Rock)

    Awesome Dancer (Thornbury)

    Available schools in Sydney

    Bourne 2 Dance

     Jazz

    When you think about jazz, you might think of tapping and jiving to the beat of broadway musicals and 40s club lounge music. Jazz dance encompasses many styles like tap, theatre and jitterbug. It’s a very exciting and lively genre of dance and kids can expect to have lots of fun.

    What should I expect?

    Lots of physical movement for sure. There’s a lot of techniques that can also be found in Hip Hop such as learning to isolate specific parts of the body. Jazz is all about finding the passion from inside and radiating it out with excitement. It’s a happy form of dance so kids will be smiling for the majority of the routine. 

    Why should my kid take it up?

    Jazz dancing is an ideal mode of self-expression that is beneficial to their physical form. All the pent up feelings of anger, angst and sadness can be channeled into passionate, energetic dance moves. After all, Jazz music was invented to be rebellious and expressive. If your child wants to dance like Footloose, then this is the dance for them. 

     

    Popular Types of Dance Classes for Kids

    Available schools in Brisbane

    Alichia’s Dance Fitness Academy

    Available schools in Melbourne

    Karen Margaret Studios (Doncaster)

    Studio D (Mount Waverley)

    Stepnout Performing Arts (Werribee)

    Awesome Dancer (Thornbury)

    Available schools in Sydney

    Bourne 2 Dance

    Hip-Hop

    With deep roots to African and Afro-Caribbean culture, Hip-Hop dance is all about attitude, confidence and style. Kids like to learn Hip-Hop because it is an enjoyable dance to groove to.

    What should I expect?

    Beginners first need to practice body isolations and strength exercises. Hip-Hop is a very technical dance but at the same time each dancer has to provide ‘swag’ to every movement. It’s a popular culture for groups of people to crowd around a dancer in the middle, taking turns to showcase what they’re all about. 

    Why should my kid take it up?

    Hip-Hop is a dance of celebration. Whether you’re in a party or watching a Hip-Hop concert, everyone has fun when Hip-Hop music plays. Part of the appeal of this dance is that kids find it cool.

    So if you wanted to give your child more confidence then perhaps this is the dance for them. It can be intimidating for quiet, shy individuals but with time they will grow in confidence and find their own individuality.

     

     

     Popular Types of Dance Classes for Kids

    Available schools in Brisbane

    Alichia’s Dance Fitness Academy

    Available schools in Melbourne

    Karen Margaret Studios (Doncaster)

    Studio D (Mount Waverley)

    Stepnout Performing Arts (Werribee)

    Rhythm Factory (Beaumaris)

    Rhythm Factory (Black Rock)

    Awesome Dancer (Thornbury)

    Available schools in Sydney

    Bourne 2 Dance

    Tap

    If your kid fancies themselves as Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly, then perhaps tap dancing is the dance best fit for their dancing shoes. Tap Dancing is a unique style of dance where the focus is on the rhythm and the dual relationship between dancer and their tap shoes. Together create such an impressive sensational musicality.

    What should I expect?

    Of course footwork is the primary focus for training. Don’t worry if your kid isn’t the most rhythmic-able but all tap dance teachers would tell you is – if you can walk, you can tap dance! And in your first tap dance class, it is not required to bring your own tap shoes. It is perfectly fine to get adjusted using regular trainers but make sure it has a little cushion cos remember – your feet will be hitting agains the floor…a lot!

    Why should my kid take it up?

    Tap Dance is an ideal solution to offer kids requiring a constructive outlet for their enthusiastic excitement. If they have good rhythm and lots and lots of energy – tap dancing is no doubt right for them.

     

     

     Popular Types of Dance Classes for Kids

    Available schools in Brisbane

    Alichia’s Dance Fitness Academy

    Available schools in Melbourne

    Studio D (Mount Waverley)

    Stepnout Performing Arts (Werribee)

    Available schools in Sydney

    Bourne 2 Dance

    Contemporary

    This style of modern dance is the most expressive and wide-ranging of the dances as it encompasses several elements from jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dance is an excellent mode of self-expression as it requires the child to tap into their feelings and use their body to evoke strong emotions and engaging storytelling. 

    What should I expect?

    If you watch contemporary dance performances you might notice how fluid the movements are. In dances like Hip-Hop or jazz, each step is precise but with contemporary dance training, the performers need to learn how to loosen up. You’ll find a lot of warm ups involve the students playing drama games or shaking each part of the body to be nimble and light. This is a great mode of dance for kids to become agile and physically versatile. 

    Why should my kid take it up?

    Contemporary dance is suited to kids who are into performing arts as there is a lot of theatricality and finding new and interesting ways to shape their body. Additionally, it would also interest those who used to do ballet as it borrows a lot of the classical movements there. Those who do contemporary dance typically enjoy the freedom and unpredictability of this modern style.

     

     

     Popular Types of Dance Classes for Kids

     

    Available schools in Brisbane

    Alichia’s Dance Fitness Academy

    Available schools in Sydney

    Bourne 2 Dance

     

    Acrobatic

    If you’ve seen Cirque du Soleil then you would know how spectacular it is to watch how acrobatic performers can do amazing contortions with their bodies. Using classical dance techniques with acrobatic elements, this style of dance provides the foundations for further gymnastic skills. 

    What should I expect?

    Kids are taught balance, muscle control, discipline and of course flexibility. This is a style of dance where you move your body to the music like you would see gymnasts at the Olympics. If you’re kids like to do handstands and cartwheels then they will enjoy this kind of class.

    Why should my kid take it up?

    Flexibility and balance are two key lessons kids can take away from acro classes. Paired up with athletic sports, this kind of class would work wonders on to improve their overall movement and coordination. 

     

    Available schools in Brisbane

    Alichia’s Dance Fitness Academy

    Available schools in Melbourne

    Studio D (Mount Waverley)

    Stepnout Performing Arts (Werribee)

    Available schools in Sydney

    Bourne 2 Dance