Children under 3 will learn to dance
? All children have an innate urge to move about. How can parents encourage this without putting the child under pressure?
!This is quite simple. Children need time and space to be able to pursue their desire to move. For parents, this means giving their children these opportunities and keeping the day open for exercise. Parents should make sure that their children have time to themselves and that their days are not planned from morning to night. Means: Consciously planning free time and not filling the days with thousands of hobbies and obligations.
Therefore, my appeal to parents is to let their children play freely and explore their surroundings as often as possible. Parents should give their children the opportunity to think up games for themselves and use their urge to move around. When families live in the city, parents should go out to the park with their children as often as possible, visit playgrounds and take day trips into nature. Courses such as dancing with children, children's gymnastics or football are not only fun for the children, they also encourage movement and create a balance. The basic rule is: Correct is what is fun!
? How does dancing as a form of movement affect the physical and psychological development of the child?
! Dance promotes and trains all motor skills such as coordination, reaction, orientation, a sense of balance, a sense of rhythm, endurance, strength, speed and flexibility. These elements are conveyed holistically through the dance movement and, after learning, can also be transferred to everyday life. So dance teaches for life!
In addition to the physical level, the psychological component of learning is also promoted. Movement to music and corresponding dance lessons bring children into their fantasy worlds - the psyche is relieved in a subconscious form, feelings can be processed and given expression.
In addition, children learn from and with other children while they dance together. You can orientate yourself better and are in good hands in a group. You feel accepted and that in turn creates trust. The dance therefore also has a very strong social component. In the long term, all of this contributes to a stable and healthy psyche.
? What is the relationship between dance and emotionality?
! The dance is always very closely connected with music and therefore has a special emotional level. Feelings are expressed and processed through movement to the music. The dance is the language for feelings and sensations. Children express themselves naturally through dance without them having to think about it or even being aware of it. In addition to painting, singing and other creative activities, dance is another way of expressing yourself. The need for personal expression is a very original one and is even more firmly anchored in children than in adults.
? Which type of dance is useful for promoting physical activity in early childhood?
! In principle, I only consider dance lessons to be sensible from the age of four. Before that, the children are simply too young to be able to follow the course of a dance lesson and benefit from it. When it comes to choosing a lesson, the parents should orientate themselves according to their child and the given conditions. There is no specific recommendation that fits all children.
The decision is more dependent on several factors: the character of the child, the direction of the lesson and the person teaching. Depending on where the children learn to dance, the lessons are also designed differently. A ballet lesson in a club is usually more relaxed than at a classic ballet school and always includes elements from children's dance. On the other hand, the children's dance also offers exercises from ballet that serve as preparation for the dance itself. The content for this age group is therefore often very similar, just always packaged a little differently. My tip is to let the child decide for themselves. Parents should let their child take part in two lessons and watch how the mood is after the lesson and how their child reports about the dancing.
? Dancing creates a better body feeling. Does this also affect the children's self-confidence?
! Yes! Children who dance get to know each other much better than those who don't dance. They learn to perceive their body and thus develop a relationship with themselves.
They experience what they can already do and learn to deal with weaknesses. You keep practicing, improving and acquiring new skills. All of this contributes to the fact that you develop a better relationship with your body and can therefore appear more self-confident. The posture and the training make the children strong on the outside and in the course of time this external strength also becomes an internal one. Ultimately, the children are strengthened in their personality and their skills and this increases their self-confidence.
? Should parents encourage their children to dance if they are not interested in dancing themselves?
! Encourage yes, push them through and force no! I firmly believe that a child can clearly signal whether they want to dance or not. If the child doesn't show it on their own, then dancing is probably not for them at this point. In this case there is definitely another form of movement that the child enjoys and is enthusiastic about. Therefore, parents should rather pursue this direction. It can of course also be the case that parents need to make their child aware of this in order to arouse interest in dancing. These children usually quickly find pleasure in dancing and then become real dancing mice.
Thank you for the great interview!
Anna Silitsch has been working as a teacher for dance and dance gymnastics in Hamburg since 2008. In addition, she has been operating the Tanz Channel tanzmitanna.de on YouTube and provides many workouts and dance tutorials there. Her focus in teaching is on the creative development and the imparting of joie de vivre through dance and music. She teaches many courses for children and teenagers and can therefore confirm the positive effects of dance. Anna wants to share her passion and experience with others. She wants to make the potential of dance better known and motivate people to dance.
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