My children love to dance. They’ve done ballet, modern dance, jazz, and ballroom dancing. In fact, they are accomplished ice dancers. Recently, they were in a musical play that included lots of dancing. I loved seeing the fun they had dancing on the stage. There’s something delightful about moving to a piece of music and being creative.
When I signed my girls up for their first ballet class, we found that “dressing the part” was almost as fun as the dancing was! Girls dancewear and toddler dancewear is just so cute. I love the pink tights, the jazz pants, the leotards, the tutus, the skirts, the shoes, and the hair!
Types of Dance Your Child Might Like to Try:
Every child should take at least one ballet class. It’s the basis of all forms of dancing. Little girls love wearing toddler dance clothes to ballet classes.
Jazz dancing is creative, original, and fun. Jazz dance clothes for girls can be purchased everywhere.
** Tap Dancing
Tap dancers wear special tap shoes that have metal taps on the bottom. The dancers’ feet create special rhythmic patterns that are enjoyable to do and watch.
** Modern Dance
Modern dance has rebelled against the strict rules of classical ballet, but uses some of the same techniques. This branch of dancing emphasizes creativity and expression.
In Hip-Hop dancing, the dancer does moves such as breaking and popping. Dancers dance to Hip-Hop music. This form of dancing evolved from dancing on the streets.
** Ballroom Dancing
Ballroom dancing is done with a partner. Dancers do waltzes, foxtrots, swing dances, and tangos
** Ice Dancing
Ice Dancing is ballroom dancing on the ice. Of course, if a child wishes to pursue ice dancing, he or she will need to learn how to skate first!
** Folk Dancing
Some types of folk dancing includes clogging, Israeli dancing, English country dancing, line dancing, international folk dancing, and Irish folk dancing. If opportunities for folk dancing come up in your community, children and adults will have an evening or an afternoon of great fun and exercise.
** Square Dancing
In square dancing, four couples or eight dancers form a square. They do a set dance as a group. Callers teach and call out the steps to country western type music. Square dancing is a great way to socialize. Some schools teach children square dancing as part of the school’s physical education program.
* Everything You May Want to Know About Dancing – From About.com Dance
The author of this article is Jo Ann Schneider Farris, About.com’s Guide to Figure Skating and the mother of three children.