ARE STRUCTURED DANCE CLASSES TOO RIGID FOR PLAYFUL CHILDREN?

An irresistible picture often comes to mind when parents start thinking about dance classes for their little ones.

Ballet is an art form, a discipline, and for some children it’s not that interesting at first. The question is, at what age will a child accept this focus freely, without growing frustrated? KOLOSOV / DREAMSTIME

An irresistible picture often comes to mind when parents start thinking about dance classes for their little ones. For those with toddler girls, especially, ballet may signify the peak of angelic sweetness, so this vision is usually dressed in pink from head to toe, with a fluffy tutu skirt and tiny pink slippers.

I’ve had that vision, too, and I’ve acted upon it — not once, but several times, enrolling each of my three children in some kind of preschool dance class. And as a lifelong ballet lover but ambivalent dance mom, here’s my cri de coeur: Do your kids a favour and banish the thought.

Yes, there are options galore for parents looking for a dance class for their toddlers — even for babies. Dance schools will be delighted to fulfil your sparkly pink dreams. But the best dance class for a very young child looks nothing like that.

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