Benefits of Non-Competitive Dance
Parents today are faced with many options when it comes to choosing a dance studio for their child. With all the options available, it is wise to make sure you choose a school with values and goals that match your own. Each dancer and family is unique, and any one school will not be right for every dancer. Some dancers thrive in a competitive situation and some do not. Here are some reasons why we believe a non-competitive dance school is the right choice.
• Students can focus on individual development - Students can revel in their strengths and focus on the skills they want to improve without the added pressure of perfecting specific tricks for the sake of choreography
• Dancers can focus on developing their art - Developing a lifelong appreciation for the art of dance and movement is as valuable as developing an appreciation for classical music, fine art and the dramatic arts.
• It is less expensive - Competitions can be costly. There are entrance fees, rehearsal fees and specialty costume fees. There can also be travel costs and missed time at work and school. All of this can add up quickly and really strain a family budget.
• Less drama and stress - When students are divided into teams there are bound to be ruffled feathers and hurt feelings. When the stakes are high, an honest mistake or error on stage can mean the cold shoulder after the performance. A non-competitive environment lessens these factors allowing dancers to bond over a shared love of dance.
• More time to be well-rounded - While consistent attendance is imperative for a quality dance education, having allowances for family vacations, special events and other activities is a luxury that noncompetitive studios can offer. With less time spent in extra rehearsals, non-competitive dancers will have more time for additional activities and sports.
• Kids can be kids Sometimes the lines between age-appropriate and inappropriate get blurry in the over commercialized world of TV and competition dance. In a non-competitive environment, it is easier for kids to just be kids who like to dance and not feel pressured by the commercial influences of dance.