Welcome to the very first Gym & Dance Boutique blog!

It’s always tricky to know where to start with your first blog, so I searched around for some inspiration and found it in the most unlikeliest of sources…. you know, that famous dancer… Albert Einstein!

For it was our very esteemed theoretical physicist who said:

“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”

With that in mind, I’m still pretty sure that while some parents could even be trying to live their own dreams by enrolling their young children into dance classes, with secret hopes of dance stardom in their future! But, what they might not realise is that, by introducing them to the world of dance, they are also opening up so many other health and development benefits to their little darlings as well.

Whilst it would be amazing for your son or daughter to be the next Anton Du Beke or Darcey Bussell, dance is not just for the aspiring professional performers out there!  Dance is very much an inclusive art form and recreational dancers are just as welcome to join in the fun!

So, for the youngest dancers out there, dance classes provide a great introduction to basic coordination and creative movement, in a non-competitive environment, which can be an off-putting feature of other sports and activities.

For many younger children it can also be one of the first group activities where interaction with others of a similar age occurs and they get their first taste of a group dynamic – both of which are very important in their social development – and they learn the basics of how to take turns and about having and giving personal space.

As your children get older and progress, the classes will start to increase in difficulty, but this is actually a brilliant form of exercise and personal fitness and, of course, it will develop flexibility, balance and coordination, which in turn helps to develop their skills for many other sports and activities.

Perhaps one of the most important things about gym and dance is that it reinforces the importance of a healthy lifestyle. An active lifestyle from an early age, whether it’s active through dance or another form of exercise, will undoubtedly be beneficial to them as they grow up into young adults and beyond.

But, where dance perhaps differs from other activities is that skills can be developed and nurtured whilst dancing along to music and, hopefully, having fun – and making something fun is half the battle to keeping children’s attention and interest in any activity.

I’m a great believer that gym and dance classes are a fun way to keep our children fit and healthy and offer an alternative to more competitive team sports. And, with most dance studios offering lessons for children as young as two or three years old, right up to young adults, participating in dance classes is definitely a health benefit for kids of all ages.

Dance gives our little ones so many different things; improved physical health, the instilling of discipline (to practice and improve) and the encouragement and development of creativity, individuality and expression.

Thank you for reading my first ever blog and, as they say on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, let’s make sure we “KEEP DANCING!”

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