Dance is often thought to be one of the more complex art forms and performance arts. Professional dancers train their entire lives to reach a high level of excellence and improve on their abilities with each class. It is well-known that they are considered superstars in the international community and are highly respected for their talent. There are countless dance competitions worldwide and the prestige given by the national and world championship titles is well known. Many parents aspire to have their children have the same prestige and want to enroll them in dance schools as soon as possible. But there are debates about the optimal age for children to start. We have listed some of the factors you should take into consideration when choosing the moment to enroll your little one.
The Sooner the Better
Generally, dance professionals believe that the sooner a child starts, the better. There is a plethora of books written about the matter; a large number coming from Russia, the home of ballet and where they often begin training at the age of 3. The training was very difficult, and this is why most little boys and girls failed and were sent home. Nowadays the approach is very different and children are not forced to dance as they were in the past. Teachers are also taught child psychology in order to understand the needs and complaints of the children better. Even with these changes it is still believed that starting at a young age is best.
Modern experts consider that the optimal age is between three and five if you want your child to dance to a higher standard in the future, going beyond just the scope of a hobby. This age is said to be perfect because children are extremely active during these years and they learn quite rapidly. If you see that your little one is a bit clumsy, you can choose to first send them to movement and coordination classes. These are beneficial for overall body movement and they can help your child have better coordination, improve social skills and to make friends.
There are also other theories that suggest that if your child has poor coordination or lacks the ability to focus, you can choose to enroll them in dance later on. A number of dance styles can be started a bit later, but it is advised not to leave it until after the age of eight or nine if professionalism is the end-goal. This is due to the fact that dance coordination and flexibility are gained over time and once the body is fully developed they are very difficult to achieve. Dance is something that can be learned over an entire lifetime, but the professional level is something that has to be built from childhood.
In the end it is up to you as a parent to determine what is best for your child and hope that they have a natural love of dance as you would want them to.