As a child, my mum organised for me to go to ballet classes because I was so clumsy and uncoordinated. I went to Mrs Greensmith’s class once a week until I was 9 then twice a week until I was 13. I loved ballet so much. I made some lovely friends through it too. We trained very hard and then every so often we would put on a show in our local community hall. It never failed to make me feel like a star and oh the costumes! my classes definitely gave me a love for music and musicality and of dance that I still have to this day.
It certainly helped me be less clumsy too. There was also a host of other health-related benefits of ballet for children that I absolutely benefited from.
The health benefits of ballet for children
Ballet is exercise
Any exercise is good for a child. It helps them burn off calories and maintain a healthy weight and of course it strengthens their body. Ballet is not at all a fragile pretty set of moves (though it may indeed look like that). Ballet takes a huge amount of strength, muscle control and endurance and it is not for the feint hearted. I have sweated doing ballet..can-can kicks and pirouettes and barre exercises are wonderful workouts.
Ballet is wonderful for posture
Having good posture is so important in later life and good habits start young. Ballet teaches you excellent posture and helps our little ones walk tall and proud ( and will help them avoid back problems later on).
Ballet makes you supple
Ballet makes you so supple and flexible and this is brilliant for the overall health of your body. It is important that a child wears quality children’s ballet shoes so as not to damage their feet but on the whole, it is an exercise that is pretty gentle on the body as it is so fluid and graceful.
Ballet is great for emotional health too
All exercise is good for our emotional health as it makes our bodies release serotonin which in turn makes us feel good. Ballet can feel like flying, it is beautifully graceful you can just get completely in flow with it and this is another factor in why it makes us feel so good. Dancing is just lovely. Ballet can also be social and this is also very important for a sense of well-being and connection. Plus, mastering any kind of hobby strengthens self-esteem and self-confidence two more factors that are really important to good mental health
So yes a whole wealth of ballet health benefits.
Ballet for kids
Ballet is great for children and a hobby that can be revisited or continued into their adult life. A bit like riding a bike – you never forget your ballet moves. I sometimes have a good twirl around my kitchen even now!
How to find ballet classes near me
I bet now you know all the benefits of ballet you are pondering the question How to find ballet classes near me
One of the best ways to find local ballet classes near you is to pop up a little post on facebook and ask your local community for recommendations.
You could also try the exercise move dance website to find local classes. Or you could pop on over to Dance Near You which has an enormous has a database of 1,000-plus dance classes of all levels run by dance teachers and a huge selection of dance schools across the UK. There is bound to be one near you!
What equipment do you need for ballet
For ballet for kids really a pair of ballet shoes and leotards are usually all you need to get started. As vegetarians we had such a hard time vegan buying ballets I ended up having to import them from America – can you believe it! Ballet shoes are pretty inexpensive (unless they are vegan!) and leotards are usually sold by the ballet school your child attends.
It is advised that their hair is kept up and out of their face so as not to irritate them as they dance and most schools favour the use of a hairband, net or bun.
Girls ballet outfit / boys ballet outfit
If your child’s dance school don’t have a specified a simple leotard something simple like this is really rather lovely. It goes without saying many boys love ballet too and usually for them a vaest and ballet leggings are the order of the day.
Ballet stretch band
A ballet stretch band does exactly what it says it does it helps you stretch for your ballet. This simple band helps improve both flexibility and core strength.
Oh my goodness as a parent ballet terminology thrown casually and accented out by the dance teacher can be scary. When they tell you Jada has to practice her pirouettes a la seconde you may think ?? Haha you are not the only one. Here is a great guide to ballet terminology. Don’t panic! You will learn this is no time at all. Maybe.
Adult ballet beginners
Once you know all the lingo and the dress code, have found out all the health benefits of ballet and taken along your kids you might find that you are pretty interested yourself in learning some ballet Adult ballet beginners are increasingly common. and it is such a lovely gracious style of dance and it makes you feel so wonderful to dance the ballet. How fabulous it is you could dance with your child too around your kitchen or maybe one day on a stage and how lovely if you could perhaps practice together and encourage each other. I think you should get yourself signed up!
All the ballet health benefits for kids will absolutely impact you too and dancing your way to fitness is a properly lovely thing to do.
I am off to have a dance around my kitchen with my daughter. See you later