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Dancing classes are a great way to improve your fitness levels and are a great mood enhancer. Did you know that when you dance your body releases endorphins which in turn affects your mood? So when you are next feeling a bit low head to a dancing class.
Dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It has a wide range of physical, and mental benefits including: improved condition of your heart and lungs, increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness, increased aerobic fitness, improved muscle tone and strength, weight management, stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis, better coordination, agility and flexibility, improved balance and spatial awareness, increased physical confidence, improved mental functioning, improved general and psychological well being, greater self-confidence and self-esteem, and better social skills.
Most forms of dance may be considered an aerobic exercise and as such reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, help weight control, stress reduction, and bring about other benefits commonly associated with physical fitness. In addition, studies have demonstrated a considerable correlation between dancing and psychological well-being.
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Dancing classes as a social activity
Dancing lessons are a very social activity, you will make new friends, increase in confidence, increase your fitness levels, tone your body and lift your spirits. It is no wonder that dance has become such an enormously popular activity for all ages and that dance teachers now offer much more than just the mandatory ballet lessons, tap classes and modern dance!
Here is a list of different dance styles: Traditional jazz, Ballroom, Break Dancing, Charleston, Disco dancing, Jitterbug, Lindy hop, Swing, Tap Dance, Contemporary dance, Street Dance, Hip-hop culture, Breaking, Ballet Dance, salsa, line Dancing, Bollywood Dance, Belly Dancing, Greek classical Dance, Cha Cha, Country and Western, modern, Folk Dance.
Benefits of dance for children with dyslexia
Dyslexia affects the areas of the brain that deal with direction, language and processing information. It can cause difficulties with not only writing and spelling, but also with following dance routines, as it can affect turning and the ability to remember sequences and steps. However, dance classes are great for building confidence and a sympathetic teacher will be able to help dyslexic children enjoy dance by building their social skills, such as leadership and teamwork, as well as self-confidence.
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Overcoming the challenges
The only problem faced by dyslexic kids in dance is being able to remember the routines or turn in the right direction, so free dancing will come more easily to them and they can focus on the music rather than getting the steps right. Some methods used by dance teachers to help dyslexic students learn include using videos and discussion in lessons or demonstrating moves with their back to the class to help students to follow; attempting to ‘mirror’ the teacher if they are facing the class can prove tricky for those with dyslexia.
Dance can make dyslexic students feel that they are able to keep up with their peers, especially where there is less focus on purely academic activities, and this can really boost self-esteem and confidence.
Dyspaxia and Dance
dyspraxiais a chronic neurological disorder beginning in childhood that can affect planning of movements and co-ordination as a result of brain messages not being accurately transmitted to the body.
Dancing classes can help your coordination and also to help brain learn movement pattterns.
It is important to inform your teacher of your dyspraxia.
Though taking a dance class is a challenge for dyspraxia students the advantage is you will improve posture and how to use your body and by focusing on movement you will learn how your body works and improve your co ordination.
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Top UK Dance school training for students interested in a career in Dance.
London Studio Centre
Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London N12 0GA
020 7837 7741
This school offers funding through the Higher Education Funding Council
Northern Ballet School
The Dancehouse, 10 Oxford Road, Manchester M1 5QA
0161 237 1406
This school offers Dance and Drama Awards (DaDAs)
Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4RP
020 7713 7710
This school offers Dance and Drama Awards (DaDAs) and funding through the Higher Education Funding Council