Most of us started dancing simply because we loved it. But did you know ballet provides more benefits to children than just joy of movement? Here are seven simple benefits of pre-ballet classes for young children:

  1. Ballet classes will stretch a child’s imagination as they dance to different music, use imagery of animals, royalty, mermaids and more to execute dance steps in ballet class.
  2. Ballet keeps children moving, which is important and beneficial to the growth and development of their bodies. It helps them to stay active, release extra energy, improve muscle development, and increase cardiovascular and overall health.
  3. It relieves stress. Yes, even young children can be stressed. Dance boosts endorphins and has a meditative quality. It’s even been called “moving meditation”!
  4. Dancing doesn’t just exercise the body; it also exercises the brain! And in ballet class, we also listen to classical music, also boosting brainpower.
  5. Ballet is good for self-esteem and confidence.
  6. Even small children begin to learn self-discipline as they learn to follow directions and to try their best in class.
  7. It’s fun! Children get to act out roles as they are dancing. Who doesn’t want to be a fairy or royalty?

At the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) we offer dance classes for ages 18 months and up, beginning at 4 years, young boys and girls can begin to explore classical ballet. Learn more about our Ballet program or register your child to give our Pre-Ballet Class for free on Jan. 6th during our 3rd Annual Free-4-All.

Thank you to Once Upon a Ballet for compiling this wonderful and spot on list of benefits that are not just exclusive to ballet, but also other forms of dance.