Children begin ballet for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it's because a child has been dancing around the house since they arrived and displays a keen interest in dance (movement) and it's a given. For some -- many -- other cases a parent feels it will develop grace or better posture. Ballet is taught as a practice comprised of "positions" and traditional steps set to music, which almost anyone can start out learning to do and marks the beginning of body awareness, muscular control, and powerful, poised, physical deportment.
FOR EMOTIONAL AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT, IN ADDITION TO PHYSICALITY
Ballet helps to build self-confidence. Ballet develops grace, and the discipline of the movement and practice promotes the tendency toward excellent organizational skills. The practice and discipline developed impressive concentration levels, superior understanding of commitment, artistry, the propensity for self-expression, exceptional physical fitness, and the noticeable development of cooperation and awareness-of-other skills.
THEATRICAL, PERFORMANCE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
To perform in an art, some are born with a more inherent talent for it than others. Nevertheless, the opportunity to perform movements and steps set to music alongside your classmates, as well as, as a solo dancer are skills that when developed, stay with a student for life. Presentation skills are ones that develop over time and become more fun and more fulfilling – and far less intimidating – with practice, whether the child is headed for a career on the stage or will benefit from these skills had become a fabulous speaker and presenter at some point in his/her future.
TO PURSUE DANCE AS A VOCATION
And to those who are destined for the theatres, the younger one starts, the more time and opportunity one has to develop the skills, talent, artistry and discipline necessary to make it as a professional dancer -- ballet or otherwise.