As a child grows up, she is learning who she wants to be. She may try on different models of living, first being like her mother and then perhaps like entertainers who may impress her with their art. As she matures, she learns also what is in her heart to express and what words to use to make her feelings known. The more easily this skill comes to her, the more successful she is likely to be in her personal and business relationships.
Undercutting the thousands of languages in the world is the language of dance. Fluid, graceful movements communicate instantly and deeply across barriers of culture, race or words. Every human culture has used dance in one way or another. Think of all the ways the Western Culture uses dance – for weddings, sporting events like gymnastics and ice skating, cheerleaders supporting games, street competitions featuring hip hop, musical concerts and charitable events. It’s part of all kinds of entertainments, from waltzing with a partner to Superbowl halftime shows and Broadway shows. It’s a universal medium of communication.
When a child learns to dance, she learns to express feelings and emotions from the tragic to the sublime. By learning to control her own body, she learns grace. By learning to use dance to express feelings and emotions, either her own or that of the composer or choreographer, she gains a greater ability and range of expression that will never leave her.
The Range of Dance Taught at DK Dance Productions
We understand that there so many ways to communicate via dance and so we include a wide range of dance styles at our studio. All the most popular styles of dance that your child is likely to be exposed to in our current culture are available. Of course, ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance are included, and should your child decide to progress on to ballroom style dance, these basics provide all the foundation needed.
We also teach hip hop, tumbling, acrobatic dance and pom poms. Advanced students who wish to perform in musical theatre have special classes available to them. We know that it can be difficult to decide what specific dance your child should learn first. We have created a special free and fun quiz, the Free Dance Class Finder, that allows you to get the help of a dance professional to determine what dance style would best match your child’s personality and interests.
We have used the term “she” so far in this article, but we have many boys in our classes as well. We have some classes especially for young men and other classes welcome both boys and girls.
The Ability to Communicate
When a young person gains the ability to express the feelings and emotions of dance, he truly gains in the ability to communicate in any way – one of life’s most essential abilities. This helps a young person overcome shyness and build confidence in any setting. These are excellent foundations for life, no matter who that young child eventually decides he wants to be.
If your child has expressed an interest in dance, bring her to one of our introductory dance classes. Just call our studio to schedule her first class – 314-921-5800. We’re looking forward to opening her eyes to the world of dance.