5 Benefits For Young Children And Teens Participating In Dance Exam Sessions Within Dance Schools

Dancing is something rather nostalgic to those of us who are now fully grown. Often adults will say, “gee I wish my mother had pushed me to stay in dance classes such as ballet and tap when I was little and not listened to me when I said I wanted to stop!” We tend to look back at these early years and recall and realise that we were in a good lifestyle routine.

1) Dance exams help to instill dedication and commitment in children and teenagers.

The young dance students must have a good work ethic to keep up with the work which is being taught to them within the dance school by their teacher. The young dancers must also think for themselves and many dance teachers will ask them to practice their exercises at home in the hope that the dance student will grasp and show great signs of improvement week on week. It is after all a two-way street!

2) A sense of responsibility.

The words ‘exam’ or ‘show’ can be quite daunting, especially to our youngest of dance students. It is the responsibility of the dance teacher to make this event seem like it will be a fun presentation of their dance, for a very important visitor who will give them good marks, so that they will be able to learn new dance steps.

A sense of responsibility is also evoked within the young dance students, to be in control of something for themselves, something that they understand they can do and are very capable of, that the outcome is dependent on them.

3) Exams are a way of measuring personal development and personal progression.

Everything in life has a standard, a bar, a grading system. The majority of us excel in life when goals and challenges are put in front of us. Through dancing from an early age and participating in exam sessions we are able to learn this life process and find our coping skills. More importantly we develop ways of coping with many other challenges, that also come our way. As the dance lessons get increasingly more difficult in ability level, we as dancers are therefore improving and the dance certificate assures us of that.

4) Discipline, respect and gratitude is encouraged naturally.

It is true that there are certain manners and ways of approach that are required to dance lessons. The only thing practiced in a dance studio is dancing. That may sound like stating the obvious, however there is an understanding from all that to succeed there is a level of self-discipline required, to put yourself week in and week out through the paces to get the results that you wish. The level of respect between yourself and your teacher is a positive force that counts for many situations in the world today. The dance students learn to appreciate the hard work and the belief that another does and has for them.

5) Achieving something and feeling successful.

It is a great moment to receive dance examination results, to see the smile on the young dancers faces appear when they hear the news that they and their friends have all successfully passed. The joy often bounces right out of the dance studio and into the arms of their parents or guardians. Many families today take the opportunity to enjoy a special treat or a nice day out to celebrate the achievement. This is so impacting on children’s confidence, knowing that it is all because of something they did! When you think about it, all they did was something they already love to do, it’s that simple and the benefits certainly do set up great foundations for the future.

Writing: Seven Ways to Jumpstart Creativity

Creativity is a fickle creature. Some days, words and original thoughts flow like water tumbling down a waterfall and gathering in a pool of beautiful, clever prose. But on other days, the creativity stops flowing for no apparent reason.

Most writers experience occasional bad writing days. It’s frustrating, but normal. But how can you push through the occasional creativity road block? Here are a few suggestions designed to help you sharpen your creative focus and continue composing your masterpiece.

Shift Your Eyes – Move your eyes from left to right for thirty seconds. A study published in the scientific journal Brain and Cognition suggests that this exercise will increase the crosstalk between the brain’s left and right hemispheres, resulting in an increase in the number and quality of original ideas.

Change Your Writing Venue – Try moving your writing nook or computer to another room in your house for a few days. Write outside on a picnic table or go to a local coffee house for a few hours and write there. Write on a train. Write in a treehouse. Go to the library or bookstore and try creating surrounded by the wonderful smell of books. If you cannot move your workspace, consider changing your writing environment by moving the furniture around, painting the walls a different, livelier color, or placing some different knickknacks on your desk or shelf.

Take a Power Nap – Could it be that you’re mentally and/or physically exhausted? Try taking a twenty – minute nap in a quiet, dark place. When you rise, jump up and down for ten minutes, drink a tall glass of ice water, and try writing again.

Try a Freewriting Exercise – Isolate yourself from distractions, and write unencumbered on your topic for ten to fifteen minutes. Write quickly. Write down or type whatever comes to your mind in relation to your topic without editing or worrying about grammar or typos. If you get stuck, keep writing the same word or phrase over and over again until another thought pops into your mind. After the exercise, look over what you have written and highlight any ideas that are promising to your project.

Talk to Another Writer – Writers support one another. Sometimes it helps to talk about your writing obstacle with another writer and ask him or her for suggestions. If you don’t know another writer, try posting your writing roadblock on social media. You never know – sometimes it just takes one idea or word to unclog your creativity.

Try Bubbling or Mind Mapping – Write down your topic in the center of a large, clean sheet of paper and circle it. Next, draw several lines radiating from the center bubble. At the end of each line, jot a supporting thought or idea (subtopic) and circle it. Now draw a few lines radiating from each subtopic bubble, write down supporting ideas at the end of those lines, and circle them. Continue this process until you have filled your paper with ideas, then sit back and take a look at your diagram. You’ll see that some of your topics are keepers, while other thoughts are just orphans. Sometime simply viewing your words in a more graphic way helps restart the flow of creative juices.

Take a Creativity Diversion – When all else fails, stop writing and participate in some other activity for thirty minutes or more. Take a brisk walk without listening to music or podcasts and allow your brain to roam freely. Try painting or playing a musical instrument for an hour. Build something in the garage. Dance. Put a puzzle together. Complete a Sudoku puzzle. Do yoga. Write a love letter to your sweetheart. Clean out a closet in your house. Bake brownies. Wash your car. Just get up from your desk and do something totally unrelated to writing, and hopefully when you return, your creative juices will be flowing again.

Again, all writers – along with the poets, the musicians, and the artists of the world – have low – creativity and no – creativity days, so don’t freak out or beat yourself up. It happens. Just keep trying. You can push through the barrier.