Types of Dance for Kids
GROUP BOYS AND GIRLS PRE-SCHOOL - ADULT
The age requirements for
dance vary based on the studio and the programs that they offer.
Each dance technique will have multiple levels to distinguish skill
and/or age. The levels usually coincide with beginner,
intermediate, advanced and competition. Dance Levels are
determined by mental and physical development, experience and age.
Age itself is simply a guideline. The most common classes that you
will find offered in studios are as follows:
Many studios require ballet
as a pre-requisite to other types of dance.
Most studios will offer
pre-dance programs for children as young as 3 years old to the age of 5.
The programs are normally broken down by age and ability. Usually
you will find a 3-4 1/2 year old age group and then a 4-5 year old age
group. These classes are to introduce the children to the world of
dance. This class is for the young child who has no previous dance experience.
It basically will teach creative dance movements in a fun environment.
In addition, some studios will offer an introduction to tap, jazz and
ballet for children in this age group.
Jazz dancing is a smooth, modern Broadway style dance. It is a
less serious looking, looser kind of dance. Jazz combines the arts of
ballet, modern, afro, and current dance trends to create a free style
technique. It is the most popular form of dance for the amateur
dancer. The age requirement for jazz is 7 and over. In this
class your child will learn the basic dance skills necessary for jazz.
They will be taught jazz dance terminology and how to count to music. In
addition, they will learn how to put movement together in a coordinated
Hip Hop is an very
energetic form of dance that is extremely popular. Your child will
learn to do things like spin, turn, and kick. It is more of a
"street style" type of dance which does not incorporate strict dance
techniques. All who participate enjoy this type of dance. In
some studios children can begin Hip Hop at the age of 5 and can continue
through their teens.
Tap is a dance form
indigenous to America with its beginnings found in African and Irish
immigrants. Tap dance is an exciting combination of intricate foot
moves. Your child will learn many styles of tap dance and the
intricacies necessary to develop the skill. Specifically, they
will learn foot moves, rhythm, techniques, and sound patterns.
Some studios offer very simple techniques to 5 and 6 year olds.
Once children reach the age of 7 they are ready for a beginner's class
Dancing Pointe requires
considerable strength and skill. It is the central part of a
ballerina's training. Pointe is the action of rising to tips of
the toes while performing ballet steps. This is for children ages
10-15 with at least two - four years of previous ballet experience.
Ballet is the classic form
of dance that builds grace, beauty, poise and strength. It will enrich
mental and physical dexterity.
There are some very basic ballet
classes available for children between 4 -6 years old. These
classes will teach simple techniques and dance combinations which aid in
concentration, discipline and coordination.
Once children reach
the age of 7 they have the body development and concentration necessary
for ballet instruction. Your child will learn the basic ballet
positions, proper body alignment and placement at the barre as well as
the center floor. As your child advances in ballet the classes
will teach them more involved sequences and the perfection of more
intricate moves. Speed and complexity will be added to their
Modern is one of the most
expressive forms of dance that incorporate various styles of movement.
Modern dance is usually for children 11 to 16 years of age.
Some studios will offer
combination classes for children under 7. The class will focus on
tap, ballet and jazz. The young dancers enjoy the variety and are
introduced to many aspects of dance.
What should my
Practice wear is required for all
classes. Students must follow the dress code of the studio for
each class. Some studios will sell
dance shoes and clothes or they can be purchased at any dance studio,
Payless, Target and Wal-Mart.
Dance leotard, tights and appropriate
dance shoes are necessary. Many studios will require a certain
color leotard and tights. Often a color of preference at many
studios is Black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes or pink
leotard, black tights and pink shoes.
- Many studios will require
any color leotard and tights or black jazz pants. Bare feet or black jazz
- Black tap shoes are
required. Many studios will allow any color leotard with black
- Comfortable clothing
and sneakers or black leotard and black tights or jazz pants and jazz
White t-shirt, black leotard or
For details see our section
Did you know?
There are several things to consider
when evaluating a dance studio. First, you should determine the
size of the classes. The fewer students in a class the more
personalized attention each student will receive. Second, you need
to know what all of the hidden costs are. Third, check to see what
variety of dance is offered by the studio. Fourth, check to make
sure there is someone available at all times to answer your questions.
The office staff who is also the full time instructor may be spreading
themselves much too thin. Lastly, discuss with them their
involvement with competition and what other activities are offered to
the students throughout the year. For instance how do they get
their students out into the community to dance other than at recitals?
How successful are they in competitions?
Children who are involved with dance
tend to perform better in school due to the fact that they have learned
the importance of dedication, focus and practice. Dance also gives
your child a sense of self confidence that will help them in the future.
Great Activities for Kids....
A wonderful way for children to express their creativity,
while at the same time learning fundamental skills that
will improve their artistic endeavors.
teaches the importance of
dedication, focus and practice.
you to set goals and progress steadily towards them
with the help of your instructors.
the foundation for all sports because it teaches your child to control
is a great family activity and it is
something that kids love to do.