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While all of us are stuck at home, it’s even more important to get the kids moving. One of our favourite home-iso activities is dancing.

Ballet Time o-founders Ashlee Smale and Samantha Robinson, share the 5 reasons why dancing should be a part of your child’s daily routine.

1) Dancing fosters movement!

And active kids are healthy kids! The beauty of dance is that the training teaches kids so much more than just how to dance. In fact, it fosters skills such as agility, flexibility and co-ordination.

2) Moving Your Body

At a young age, it teaches children about moving their bodies. How? Well in one movement such as a sauté where you spring into the air, students are learning how to bend their knees, spring into the air, and land again. To do this one movement, they need to manipulate levels, planes, and therefore learn sensory awareness of what that actually feels like.

3) Stimulates Intellectual Engagement

There aren’t just physical benefits of learning to dance, in fact it stimulates intellectual engagement. Children observe the steps and try to copy. They also practice consolidation where they learn to piece different moves together. They practice counting, learn words and learn shapes, all whilst supporting movement!

4) Dancing Keeps The Kids Busy

It can give you a little spare time. With the extra time at home at the moment it can be hard to keep the little ones moving as much as they usually would. But, with dance you don’t need a whole lot of space and it can be very easy to introduce little snippets of dance. Online dance company, Ballet Time hosts pre-recorded dance lessons for 2-6 year olds. Their 10 minute dance lessons are delivered to your online portal and mean that you can stream your dance lesson to any smart device, and at any time.

5) Encourages Imagination

Dance fosters imagination and self-expression. Imagination in how children align movement with characters or reflect different components such as a butterfly or a ballerina or even a kangaroo in their practice. Self-expression in the movements they choose to represent themselves or their feelings. Ballet Time classes provide the opportunity to explore these benefits in a safe, supportive, flexible environment of your choosing.

Ballet Time offers a free 1 week trial and hosts monthly ($24.99) or 3 month courses ($70) for 2-6 year olds. For more information on dance supporting your little ones, or to sign up to learn ballet, visit Ballet Time.

What kind of dancing do your kids enjoy doing? Tell us in the comments below.

  • I think it would be hard to stop active kids.

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  • My daughter has been making her own dances up as classes have stopped

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  • We love a good dance party at home. It’s a great arvo activity to shake the grumps out

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  • I love it!

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  • We love turning up the music out on the back veranda and dancing away. Not sure what the neighbours think!!!

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  • My bub is only 11 months old but when she years music she loves to shake her hips. She also claps her hands to parts of the song that clap like the hokey pokey.

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  • dancing is good for everyone. put on your favourite song and dance like no one is watching (because no one is)

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  • We all love to dance. It;s an extremely creative form of movement!

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  • A fun and healthy activity, I love to dance with my niece and nephews even though I’m not very good at it!

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  • We do some dancing daily in our house. It is a great bonding activity that also gets us moving.

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  • Dancing and singing and movement is a terrific form or exercise and creative outlet. We like to dance and sing and move and all have a style that is individual.

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  • At least twice a week we turn the TV off and have dance battles or teach each other a new move. Gives us all family time bonding and seeing the smiles in this time is always worth it.

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  • My kids are forever dancing, even if there isn’t any music! It gets a bit much sometimes, because you just need them to walk across a room without twirling and knocking each other over.

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  • My kids loved jazz but now days they’re more into dancing on tiktok!

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  • My girls have always loved dancing since young – these days its on TikTok hahaha

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