What's the best age for kids to start dance? Is it 2, 9, or 15? None of the above according to our studio owner Maggie Mitchell-Wagner.
Maggie Mitchell-Wagner began dancing before she could walk. Her mother was also a dancer and the profession quite literally runs in her veins. Her experience across dance, motherhood and education has helped her understand how children benefit from dance. Specifically, when and why they should begin. The best age to start dance classes, she says, "is any age."
So, what age is REALLY the right age:
In all honesty, Mitchell-Wagner says, the younger the better with a couple things to keep in mind. At the age of three most children are potty trained which alleviates stress for both teachers and parents during class. Age three is the most common time for boys and girls to start preschool, or some sort of daycare, so they are comfortable in a group environment. Thirdly [wink wink], at age three children are more prepared to be separated from their parent(s) therefore more open to taking direction from someone other than mom or dad.
How Dance Helps Literacy:
Literacy takes 3 key actions: thinking, creating and then sharing the information their mind takes in. Similarly, in dance class, children have to think about what to do with their body, where to move to in the room and how that correlates to what their teacher says. “It’s all focused around combining movement, cognitive thinking and imagination,” says Mitchell-Wagner. “And we strive to meet the individual needs of each student inside a group setting.” This is why our classes take time for free movement, exploration and, above all, fun inside a structured environment.
Dance Classes & School Performance:
“At Gotta Dance, we believe in helping your child become a good human being” and in dance class they are exposed at an early age to important life skills including memorizing, taking direction, practicing to success and thinking creatively.
One more component that all children, no matter what age, can use extra exposure to; patience. When a child learns a new move they have to have the patience to practice and eventually achieve success in completing and mastering the steps.
Five, six, Seventeen: It’s Not Too Late To Start
All kids, at any age, learn by an engaging in hands-on experience. From clapping, bouncing, and putting together patterns, kids learn to express themselves when, sometimes, verbally they may still be understanding how to communicate. As that child grows, the ability to physically move becomes less and less of a focus in favor of academics. With less movement (or hands-on experience), some children can fall behind if sedentary learning is not their best environment for learning.
“Not every student is the same and that’s why we provide a holistic approach to foster learning mentally and physically so your child can be successful all the way to adulthood.”
If you have any questions or would like some more information on what class is right for your child, please call us at 425.861.5454.