"Like a real ballerina!" - adults often say about almost every little girl as soon as she does a few dance moves. An aptitude for learning choreography, indeed, can be seen in a child at a fairly early age. However, not many parents bring their children to ballet schools - more often they prefer dance clubs not far from home.
Some parents are afraid to deprive their child of childhood, others fear that the child won’t cope with physical and psychological stress.
Raising a ballet star from your kid from an early age can be fraught with consequences for the fragile health and psyche. But with an adequate approach and a sincere desire of the child, lessons in classical choreography will be beneficial. Remember that ballet takes time, financial resources and a great deal of work, and this decision must take into account everybody’s interests. We will list 6 reasons that you can enter into the "Pros" column when discussing this matter at the family council.
Harmonious physical development
The first thing that shows ballet experience in a person is an ideal posture. It is formed by the longitudinal muscles of the back, which are engaged when doing exercises at the barre. Shoulders open literally during the first lessons, and a longer period of study in a ballet class as a child helps prevent scoliosis almost for sure.
Students of choreographic schools practice ballet for at least 4 hours a day, which develops physical endurance, strengthens all muscle groups and ensures a beautiful muscle definition.
No need to worry that boys’ physical shape in ballet doesn’t develop enough. Educational programs for girls and boys differ significantly. Practicing lifts develops arms and shoulder girdle muscles in young men, shaping a handsome male figure.
Inculcating resolute qualities
Diana Vishneva, prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theater, said, “You need to push yourself to the limit, and not only at the beginning. Our profession is beautiful, but at the same time it requires colossal strength of character and iron will.” Even if you don’t send your child to a choreographic school but prefer private ballet schools, they will have to sacrifice a lot to achieve high results. Willpower is another muscle that ballet classes strengthen. And no matter what the child's professional future will be, the acquired character traits will be useful in any endeavors.
Willpower is another muscle that ballet classes strengthen.
A stable habit of being disciplined
In the life of students of ballet schools and colleges, discipline reigns in everything, from sleep, exercise and diet to a neat appearance. Accurate adherence to the daily routine ensures the stability of the child's physical, intellectual and mental resources. Finally, discipline becomes a beneficial habit and guarantees personal effectiveness in adulthood.
Cultural and spiritual development
Modern children aren’t very interested in classics, are they? But if a kid is doing ballet for love, this is a special kid, capable of a subtle perception of the fine arts. Experience of living a character’s life on stage, contact with the masterpieces of classical music, study of the history of dance, biographies of dancers and composers support both intellectual and spiritual development.
The best basis for any dance style
Hormonal restructuring of the body and youthful exuberance, inherent in puberty, often make their adjustments to the fate of students in choreographic schools and colleges. But dancers with a ballet past often have outstanding careers in other dance styles, because the classical base is considered the most valuable for any dancer. No other choreographic school develops such stretching, flexibility, ease and amplitude of performance as ballet.
Stage performances usually become a favorite part of ballet life for children, because this is a sort of their finest hour. You want to repeat the emotional experience of a successful debut over and over again.
The stage liberates, teaches you how to present yourself favorably and, at the same time, to be sincere in front of the audience.
Even small recitals make young dancers feel like real artists and add bright colors to the treasury of childhood memories.