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Boys in Ballet

Man dance

 

One of the biggest misconceptions about ballet is that is a girl’s only activity.

 

WHAAAT!!! This is SO not true.

 

Some of the best dancer’s I have known are boys.

 

Parents, if you want your children to grow up in a world where both genders are treated equally we NEED to start breaking down these outdated stereotypes. Boys can benefit from dance classes just as much as girls. Exposure to dance and music develops muscularity, coordination, musicality, rhythm, agility, balance, athleticism and creative expression. This translates to better musicians, thinkers, athletes, etc… Not to mention that dance is fun! Boys and girls should be encouraged to take any type activity that they are interested in even if they are the minority in the class. Some girls love hockey and some boys love ballet.

 

When a boy comes to try the class, he may be the only boy and doesn’t return after that. I totally understand. All those little girls in their tutu’s must be intimidating! So bring a friend. See if you can convince a friend to sign up their son for dance. If your boy has a buddy in class he may feel more comfortable.

 

As boys get older, they can begin thinking that dance is uncool because of influences from family or peers. Start the conversation off early. Let your boy know that it is okay to like dance and that it is NOT okay to make fun of someone because of this. The bottom line is their happiness.

If a boy can push past this gender stereotype and continue perusing what he loves than there are uncountable benefits. (I’m not even going to touch on the fact that there comes an age when he becomes strong enough to pas de deux with some very beautiful ballerinas).

The bottom line is the happiness of your child. Even if it is a little unconventional, who cares!

 

 

Parent-Tot Classes

Maybe you are looking to start stimulating your new baby’s interests. Or maybe you enjoy doing a variety of activities yourself. Or just maybe having only a baby to keep you company all day is giving you a severe case of cabin fever.

 

Keep calm and bring your tot to a community parent-tot program.

 

There are dozens of different types of programs that you and your little one can try out together. I’m going to be talking specifically about movement activities, but there’s no need to shy away from young reader’s programs, music class, or even art.

 

Parent-tot classes provide a fun way to bond with your child. Children tend to be comforted by the sound of music and gentle movements so engaging in a physical activity with your child, such as dance, blends together intimacy and entertainment. Classes can also provide your child early exposure to an activity of interest.

 

A physical class can also help to keep new parents in shape. Taking care of little ones is too often synonymous with self-neglect. This is especially true with new moms dealing with postnatal baby weight and hormonal fluctuations. Regular physical classes can help a new mom (or dad) recover your pre-baby physicality. Working-out also releases endorphins that can help with postpartum depression and boost your mood.  A parent-tot class allows you to stay in shape without having to leave your baby at home or in alternate care.

 

Also, meeting other new parents at a fitness class can help to expand your social network. Parent-tot classes can connect you with other adults experiencing the same difficultiess, fears and excitement as you. These classes can offer a moment of respite from the pressure of being a parent, and can also be a great place to make new friends.

 

There are so many benefits to getting out there with your little one, so go ahead, get out there and bring your baby with you!