My daughter has danced since she was 2.5 years old. She started ballet in our village hall, with JoAnn Latus School of Dance.
Her dancing has seen her make friends for life! Despite looking amazingly cute in her light blue leotard, tights, and beautiful pink ballet shoes, it wasn’t all about how she looked…
Ballet is the love of her life.
She dances every chance she gets, usually in my kitchen which she has adopted as her dance studio.
I could do without her performances when I am trying to cook, but we work around her.
From a gentle and humble start she has worked her way through her numerous grades and is now Grade 7.
So, why is ballet such a good activity for children
I have seen my daughter flourish into a beautiful dancer, and ballet and dancing has given her:
- stature and poise
- control over her own body
- confidence and self-esteem
- respect for herself and others
- lots of fun and smiles
- wonderful life experiences
- and qualifications
She has been very lucky to be a part of such a wonderful dance school. A school that embraces diversity and a wide range of abilities. The school has nurtured friendship and kindness is paramount.
Her tuition has not been without competition though, the school encourages all dancers to become the best they can be in a safe, friendly and caring environment.
If you have a child that loves to dance, and let’s face it most of them do, then finding a dance school that is professional, caring and qualified will give your child so much and it is never too late to enrol your child or even yourself, as ballet for adults is a growing trend too.
Having performed in numerous shows over the years for her dance school, I have named a couple of the most exciting, the Mardi Gra hosted at The Albert Hall and Nutcracker for the English Youth Ballet.
The video is of the dance performed by the students of JoAnn Latus School of Dance at The Royal Albert Hall
With so many activities now available to our young people I can’t stress enough the importance of checking that your activity provider is qualified to teach your children.
The Children’s Activities Association
Activities, classes and clubs are a valued and much-loved part of most children’s pre-school and extra curricular leisure and learning time, but until now, there has been no formal guidelines to assist parents, schools and nurseries in choosing how to invest their time and money in popular pastimes.
The Children’s Activities Association is an industry-led, not-for-profit community interest company founded and governed by experts to help parents, schools, nurseries and all children’s activities providers by raising the standard of children’s activities as well as give more families access to these excellent activities.