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14 Jan 2019

It is no secret that dance classes can help young children and adolescence succeed at school! Participation in arts extra - curricular activities can support young people to achieve better concentration and confidence that can lead to improve academic performance in the classroom.  

By allowing children and adolescents to experience joy in expressing themselves freely. Through a creative outlet. When moving and dancing children and adolescence can release any stress and anxiety they may be experi...

12 Jun 2018

Yes, while the parachute is super fun and playful it is a purposeful activity included in many preschool and junior dance and movement programs. It offers extensive and exciting benefits to young children. 

Physical development:

- Strengthens and tone the torso and upper body;

- develops a sense of rhythm;

- teaches students how to move as a group.

Social development:

- Encourages cooperation and teamwork among children;

- an inclusive, non - competitive activity suited to all abilities;

- reinforces va...

19 Feb 2018

So your thinking about introducing your child to the whimsical world of dance. But how do you know when they are ready to start?

Age:

While age is one consideration it should not be the primary means of determining when a child is ready. Generally children as young as 2 can start introductory dance/ movement and music lessons with a carer. Once they are 5 - 7 years of age they will generally comence more structured and style specific dance classes. 

Maturity and personality:

Is the child able t...

21 Sep 2017

The school holidays are upon us! So sit back and relax and enjoy some inspirational dance films.

1. Centre Stage. PG 13+

A classic teen drama that follows aspiring ballerinas during their time at the American Ballet Academy. 

2. Ballerina. PG

Follows an orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina in Paris. Featuring Maddie Ziegler as Camille. 

3. Billy Elliot. M

A classic british film were an 11 year old boy from northern - eastern England defies the odds to join the Royal Ballet School during...

8 Sep 2017

For young children to achieve success at school they must be equipped with movement and social skills before entering the classroom. For example, students will be expected to articulate one part of the body, perform movements across the midline of the body and sit still when required to mention a few. Students with fine and gross motor skill difficulties will have challenges in the classroom when it comes to reading, writing, numeracy and other general coping skills for example waiting one's tur...

19 Jul 2017

Dance classes are a wonderful way to develop young children's fine and gross motor skills. Programs are designed to nurture and challenge students to extend their potential beyond what children may develop naturally at home or in the playground. 

Developmentally most children will not reach the milestone of mastering the art of skipping until they are about 5 years of age. 

Instead young children should focus on balancing on one leg, lifting their foot up, marching, galloping,...

10 Apr 2017

Dance is a physical and expressive performing art form. It is no secret that a life long commitment to dance practice can offer an individual so many benefits and improve quality of life in a holistic manner. 

Physical

Dance promotes and encourages an active lifestyle which has many health and overall well being benefits for the body  such as:

- Development of fine and gross motor skills and overall body control. 

- Improved coordination, agility and flexibility.

- Better alignment and depo...

5 Mar 2017

Starting dance classes can be a daunting experience for both parents and budding ballerinas. It is perfectly normal for your child to feel shy, nervous and apprehensive about attending their first dance class. Particularly for young preschool aged children from 2 - 7 years old dance classes are often the first formal and structured recreational activity a child may engage in. 

Before commencing classes consider the following to help ease your little one and give you peace of mind. 

- Speak wi...

26 Feb 2017

At Dream Dance Academy we often get asked how Acrobatic Dance differs from gymnastics, tumbling, cheerleading or calisthenics for example. Yes there is a few significant differences. 

Acrobatic Dance is a performing arts form or discipline designed specifically for dancers rather then a sport. 

The movement quality of Acrobatic Dance is often more fluid and softer, emphasising long lines through 'tricks'. It involves balances and unique variations in skills. Acrobatic dancers learn how to ent...

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