Finding out the best age to enrol your child onto ballet lessons can be tricky. Different dance schools often have varying age recommendations for their classes.
However the answer is that it’s really up to you as the parent. Here at Dance to EvOLvE we offer a ‘Mommy or Daddy & me’ class for parents with kids aged 15 months to two years.
It’s a great class for a little ones to start developing coordination, social skills, understanding the connection of music to movement AND a fantastic bonding experience between the child and parent. The class is designed to be a general movement and music class to kickstart a love of dance.
What if your child is younger than 15 months or older than two years? Every child’s development is different so slightly younger or older students will be fine. For example, a 12-month old can benefit from the class but won’t be able to physically do everything in the class… and that is okay!
Students aged two and above are also welcome to take the ‘Mommy or Daddy & me’ class if the parent feels the child is not ready to move up or if the parent is just looking for that special experience with their child.
I know many studios say three years of age is the average age to start a student in dance class. I agree if you are looking to start a traditionally structured ballet, tap, or hip hop class. However if you are looking for a class that simply introduces movement, music and fun…start them early! Get them dancing!
Dancers looking to study the more technical side of dance typically begin this path around the age of six. Their attention spans usually enables them to take in an hour of one style of dance compared to combo classes.
With that said, a lot of parents ask is it too late for my child to start dancing? A simple answer: No, it’s never too late. Dance is a universal love that all ages can experience.
Brittany White – EvOLvE Dance Director