What age should we start dance classes?
This is perhaps one of the most commonly asked questions we receive at the Heart2Art. The response may depend more on what you as a parent expect from a dance class, as well as what you believe your dancer is ready for. Commonly the question is asked in regards to ballet. The thought being that the sooner you start in ballet the better it is for your dancer. What most parents don’t understand is that a real ballet class, is well…boring! At least for a child under the age of 5. A real ballet class is rigorous, requires discipline, consistency, and lots of standing at the barre doing the same motions again, and again, and again. When was the last time your 3 year old stayed in one spot longer than 5 minutes? Yeah, ours doesn’t either. That is why most studios don’t start ballet until age 5 or even older. Most 5 year old dancers start in an intro to ballet, ballet I, or pre-ballet class, depending on what your studio calls it. These classes consist of introducing basic terms, and movements that will set them up for ballet moving forward.
At Heart2Art we believe in exposing kids to dance, and developing their motor skills, and love of dance as a whole. Focusing on a specific style at this early stages in life could backfire, as your child may be tired of it before they head to kindergarten!
For a regular movement class there really is no wrong age to start. Our youngest class is a crawl about class which starts at 9 months. It’s just that, a place to crawl about! It’s a class where infants can socialize in a safe environment, work on some basic motor skills, and get used to the space and the teachers. It’s also a class where parents can socialize and make new friends, which is a bonus for parents. Adult socialization can become difficult in the early year of childhood…we know, we have a 2 year old and a 5 year old.