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Benefits of Dance

  • Discipline of mind and body

  • Coordination

  • Grace and poise

  • Muscle toning

  • Alignment and posture

  • Understanding team concepts

  • Understanding and appreciating the art of dance

  • Learning to be a good audience member

  • Exposure to classical music

  • Love of dance

Health Benefits

  • Dancers build muscle by forcing muscles to resist against a dancer’s own body weight.

  • Dancers strive to achieve full range of motion with their muscle groups.

  • Dancers train muscles to work hard for long periods of time without fatigue.

  • Dancers interact socially with peers which increases confidence and improves social skills.

  • Dancers train both fine and large motor muscles through repetitive floor progressions and center floor work.


Pat Harris Studio Culture Teaches

  1. Discipline: Dancers achieve success in the classroom through hard work and practice. This work ethic transfers over into the school classroom.

  2. Respect: Dancers are expected to thank instructors at the end of each class. In addition, dancers are taught to say thank you when given a correction.

  3. Creativity and Discovery: Dancers are taught a dance curriculum but are often asked to express what they feel during a choreographed piece. Sometimes the student’s movement is so unique and inspiring that the teacher adds the movement to the piece.

  4. Enhanced Concentration: Dancers perform small combinations at the end of class. Each choreographed section must be picked up quickly in order to move on to the next 8 counts. Once mastered, students are challenged to perform these combinations facing different sides of the room, as well as performing each combo in geometric shapes.

  5. Learned Listening Skills: Dancers must listen to the teacher to succeed in class. Examples include barre work directions, floor stretches, across the floor progressions, and class combinations.

  6. Confidence: Dancers increase their self-esteem each time they master a step in class. Students continue to build esteem by performing at local performances and recitals. Hence, students are confident giving school reports and interviewing for jobs and colleges.

  7. Fitness: Dancers develop motor skills, coordination, and balance in the classroom. These skills are transferred into sports, P.E. classes and are applied to fitness tests.

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