What Dance Can Do for Your Child & Summer Dance Classes
I'm sure, at some point, you've all read or conversed about the benefits of dance lessons and the many life lessons gained by having your child participate in dance. For example you learn how to push yourself beyond your limits and reach your personal best, how to handle disappointment, learn time management skills, instill discipline, team work, humility, tenacity, and passion. I am living proof of how truly amazing life can be when you are passionate about something.
But where is the proof in our children? Having had 5 senior dancers graduate this year from high school and Turning Pointe Dance Studio, I have the proof and it was displayed by these 5 remarkable teenagers! These young women had been dancing with me since they were small. One of these young ladies used to cry every time her Mom dropped her off at the studio. It was clear that she loved to dance so her family kept at it, persevered and conquered and now she is performing in front of thousands of people with poise and confidence. These 5 young women all graduated with high honors (3 of which were in the top 20 students at Falmouth High School) and have managed to maintain rigorous dance schedules. They are loyal, team players even at times of stress and frustration. They are role models and I am confident that they will do amazing things in our community and world. They were accepted to top Universities and are majoring and minoring in subjects like forensic science, dance, art, architecture, neuroscience, physical therapy, and biochemistry.
Here is more of why...
Dance teaches the values and skills of creativity, problem solving, and risk taking.
Dance lessons are a great place for kids to make new friends. A dance studio provides a safe dance family and community during a time when life can be unpredictable and confusing, especially during adolescence.
Dance education helps students develop physical fitness, appreciation of their body, mindfulness of health and effective stress management skills. In today’s technology-driven world, it is becoming increasingly more important for children to adopt a physically active lifestyle early on.
Dance gives non-verbal children and outlet to express their emotions. Dance gives children with sensory related issues an opportunity to move freely through space, to work on gross and fine motor skills, balance, and spatial awareness. Many parents find that dance lessons help improve behavioral issues, such as hyperactivity.
Studies have shown that children who participate in dance lessons tend to perform better in the classroom. Dance requires discipline and focus, which translates to an improved academic performance. Dance lessons help reinforce educational basics, like counting. Children also learn to differentiate right from left and fast from slow.
So for all the parents out there with little ones that are shy or you can't get them unattached to your leg (I am one of those parents)... keep at it. It's all worth it and above is the proof!
Laura Sciortino is mother of 6 year old Henry and 4 year old Cordelia, a retired professional ballerina, and owner and dance teacher at Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Falmouth.
Summer classes begin June 26 and there are still spots in most classes!
Beginning September 19, 2016, Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Falmouth will offer Baby & Me Yoga as well as Little Yogi classes. Yoga is a great way for baby and child to bond and connect with their parents while promoting the health of both the parent and child. Sign up today!
That Is Why I Teach Dance...
Hello! I would like to introduce myself! My name is Laura Sciortino and I am a proud new Mommy of 10 month old Henry and the owner of Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Falmouth. Between business, motherhood, home and studio renovations it has been most difficult for me to find time to blog (as I am sure you all can relate to!) But as I dive into my first week back to teaching I am reminded of how much I love teaching dance and why I love it so much! The rewards to me are vast! I am so blessed to have a career that I look forward to on a daily basis. But the rewards in DANCE to my students, our children, are immeasurable! I try to instill discipline, good work ethic, a high appreciation for the arts, love, teamwork, imagination, and creative expression! Children that participate in dance class benefit by learning self-discipline, gaining self-esteem, camaraderie, musicality, flexibilty and agility, grace, spacial awareness, listening skills, calculation and good- planning! As I said the benefits are endless!! So as I get back into our school year at Turning Pointe I was reminded of this poem I stumbled upon several years ago. I did not write it but I wish I had...
That Is Why I Teach Dance
NOT because I expect you to major in Dance
NOT because I expect you to Dance all your life
NOT so you can relax and have fun
BUT so you will be human,
so you will recognize beauty,
so you will be sensitive,
so you will be closer to an infinite world,
so you will have something to cling to,
so you will have more love,
more compassion, more gentleness, more good...
in short, more life.
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?
- Author Unknown
Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Falmouth is now offering Itsy Bitsy Yoga with Whitney Marshall for ages 3 weeks thru 3 years! The fall session begins September 20 and there are many classes to choose from!
ITSY BITSY YOGA™
Itsy Bitsy Yoga is a fun and gentle developmentally-centered program for young children and their parents. Itsy Bitsy Yoga® was developed by Helen Garabedian, Certified Yoga Teacher and Infant Developmental Movement Educator and Author of two best-selling books.
Itsy Bitsy Yoga® offers parents and caregivers three class options depending on their child's age and developmental stage. There are Itsy Bitsy Yoga® classes for babies, tots, and tykes. Babies as young as 3 weeks and children as old as 4 years can enjoy the structured one-on-one interaction the classes provide.Collectively you can enjoy over 125 Itsy Bitsy Yoga® poses, rhymes and activities that provide developmentally nutritious interaction between parent and child. This nurturing program gives parents and caregivers the tools and support they need to bond with, and comfort their little ones as they grow into their bodies and explore their surroundings.
ITSY BITSY YOGA™ For Babies
Ages: 3 weeks-10 months with a parent or caregiver
Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Babies is a supportive, fun-loving class that contain dozens of unique yoga postures designed to encourage your baby's development. Each class is filled with calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding and help baby sleep longer, digest better and grow stronger.
During class, babies enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies, or held in loving arms. For parents, this class is a special opportunity to meet other moms and dads, get support, and learn about baby's emerging personality. Most of the yoga we do in Itsy Bitsy Yoga is for baby, but you will also learn breathing and relaxation techniques as you practice a bit of yoga yourself.
No yoga experience required.
ITSY BITSY YOGA™ For Tots
Ages: 10-24 months with a parent or caregiver
Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tots is a supportive, fun-loving, and active yoga class. As Tots' mobility increases and they naturally become busier, classes offer tot-centric poses that encourage and support their physical explorations, as well as their creative spirit. Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tots continues to build and nurture the parent/child bond.
During class, crawlers and walkers playfully practice yoga postures while they are standing, sitting up, walking, and jumping. Tots become more confident in their moving bodies as they practice yoga in and out of class. No yoga experience is required.
ITSY BITYOGA™ For Tykes
Ages: 2-4 years old with a parent or caregiver
Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tykes combines unique, toddler-friendly yoga poses with songs, stories, and games to create an enriching parent/child activity. Each class is personalized around Tyke's curiosities as they learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play and help Tykes and their caregivers discover and enhance their physical and social development.
In Itsy Bitsy Yoga, Tykes also learn how to relieve frustration, improve motor skills, and increase attention span by actively following directions. Help your Tyke build the foundation for a healthy and fit lifestyle while having fun!
No yoga experience is required.
Trained Itsy Bitsy Yoga Facilitator
for Babies, Tots and Tykes
Whitney is a trained Itsy Bitsy Yoga Facilitator for Babies, Tots and Tykes. Whitney fell in love with yoga when she began practicing over 5 years ago. Her love for yoga grew stronger when she began taking her daughter Delaney. The birth of her daughter deepened her yoga experience and inspired her to teach other parents. Itsy Bitsy Yoga has combined her love for yoga and her love for children.
In addition to teaching yoga, Whitney works as the Marketing Manager at Millennium Partners Sports Club Management, the corporate headquarters of The Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY. Whitney holds a Bachelor Degree of Science in Education from Florida State University where she studied Sport Management. Whitney strives to be a roll model for her daughter and encourages a healthy and active lifestyle for children of all ages.
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