The positive impacts of sport and physical activity are gaining more and more attention in the media, with campaigns like This Girl Can and Change4Life popping up on our phones and tv screens. But what makes us really love a sport, and appreciate the benefits it brings? We thought we’d weigh in…
Street Dance requires children to follow the beat, and do their best to stay in time with the music. With Street Dance Superstars classes, students follow a structured warm up, range of exercises, and a warm down. Classes get them moving from the start; no one gets benched, and there is no hierarchy. Children stay involved in the class from start to finish, as teachers keep them active throughout. Get the trainers at the ready…
2) Street Dance is Accessible
In a street dance class, you’ll find people of all ages, abilities, and body types enjoying themselves. Children, especially those who may not normally take part in physical activity, benefit from street dance classes: unlike other sports, it encourages them to express themselves through movement. They don’t have to be able to run fast, catch a ball, or swim thirty widths. It’s about feeling the music, and getting active in any setting. Street dance steps are up for interpretation, and the freedom that this allows can draw even the shyest of pupils from the sidelines.
3) Street Dance is Inclusive
Also, street dance moves can be adapted so that classes don’t exclude disabled children. Children with mobility issues can adapt street dance moves to suit their physical capabilities, which helps them to stay in class with their friends. Taking part and staying active through street dance can therefore consolidate friendships and confidence, as well as building up stamina.
4) the Ultimate Team-Building Exercise
Without the team formation, street dance routines would not look half as good. Street dance requires dancers to stay in time with each other, and encourages effective communication. Getting children involved in choreography is an excellent team building resource, and teaches them how to work together for a common goal.
5) Pressure & Passion
Much like any other sport, when street dance gets competitive it can bring the pressure. However, we all know that pressure makes diamonds; why should dance be any different? Passion drives performances at competition – and in Academy exams – teaching children the importance of sticking by their team and working hard.
6) Time to Shine
Performance opportunities let children showcase the endurance, stamina, flexibility, and confidence they’ve gained through street dance lessons. Like all other sports, street dance gives children the opportunity to showcase the skills they’ve learnt throughout their training.
We believe street dance is an inclusive, supportive sport, fitting perfectly in any classroom or studio. Find out how you can get involved with street dance through our Academy syllabus programmes for dance schools, and Street Dance Superstars teaching product!