Dance Classes In Essex For Everyone
Essex ballet teacher, Natalie Cawley explains why dance is beneficial for all children with or without special needs...
Dance is a wonderful form of self-expression, exercise and creativity. Many children love to move to music, it makes them happy. Dance traditionally transcends barriers of race, class, age and gender. Therefore, surely dance classes should be accessible to all children regardless of their additional needs?
Emma Morgan, founder of Tiny Toes Ballet, is a professionally trained ballet dancer and RAD registered ballet teacher, but, also a primary school teacher with experience of teaching children with special needs. The tiny toes teacher training programme fully equips all teachers to ensure children of all needs are catered for in our tiny toes classes. We deliver our programme to children with a variety of additional needs including autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome as well as delayed speech and understanding, very successfully and inclusively, on a weekly basis.
Dance helps children to develop a sense of body awareness. It helps with confidence and social skills. Dance allows for creative expression, for individuality and provides exercise and healthy living. It can help those who struggle with language by presenting an opportunity to communicate without words. Dance allows room for creative thinking and the acceptance of varied concepts. It stimulates intellect. It can foster a sense of peace. Dance allows you to express the inner you in a fun, energetic and engaging way that is non-judgemental. It is well researched by leading scientists that ‘activating the body more readily focusses and stimulates the mind’. When children are engaged with the world around them, they are more prepared to interact with it, learn from it, contribute to it. Dance is a vehicle that stimulates this engagement.