By Gill Grueber, DancePro Academy
Some children are less academic than others and I believe this has nothing to do with intelligence. Developmental psychologist Howard Gardener states there are 8 different recognisable intelligences and I believe you just have to find yours. Feeling self-conscious growing up can damage a child’s self-esteem and confidence, and they can carry those thoughts into adulthood.
I loved school and enjoyed the aspect of learning. I had great teachers and great friends but, being a perfectionist, I knew that I wasn’t deemed very academic in school. I had a lot of energy and still to this day struggle to sit still for periods longer than an hour. Luckily I had a hobby that could channel my energy and I was good at – dancing.
No matter what was going on in my life, I was able to feel good at something. There was an achievable goal and visible standard that I was aiming to achieve. Dance was my outlet and I wasn’t afraid to use it. I was taught to stand tall, lift my chin and focus my eyes. My muscles were stretched and strengthened and I could move, travel, leap, fly but all within a controlled, instructed environment. I soon realised I was good at this and I enjoyed the discipline, so my self-esteem began to grow.
DancePro Academy has an ethos to not only teach students to dance, but to recognise skills that can be carried forwards into adulthood: the feeling of being part of a team, working in large or small groups, practicing on their own. Posture, expression and body language are all learned in dance classes and can fill your child with the confidence and self-esteem they need throughout their lives.
About the author: Gill Grueber developed a passion for dancing when she was just four-years-old. Her studio and school, DancePro Academy, is based in Ware, Hertfordshire, and brings the love of dance and performing arts to all its students, aged 3 to young adult. For more information or to book a class visit www.danceproacademy.com or call 07729 221169.