Children with special needs might have a list of symptoms, including poor attention, difficulty interacting with their peers, limited body awareness or trouble being in social situations that might be over-stimulating. Participating and expressing themselves through dance can help children with special needs to overcome these difficulties. Some children may not understand where their bodies are in a space or how to work their fine motor control muscles. They have motor delay. Through dance, children become aware of the space around them and are given the opportunity to practise using their fine and gross motor control skills.
Dance is not just a physical activity, it is also a form of creative expression. Some children with special needs have great difficulty expressing themselves or understanding emotions. Dance gives children a chance to break out of their shells and express their emotions in a non-threatening and non-judgemental environment. Often during dance class children are required to dance or work in groups or pairs. They often give small demonstrations or
performances in front of parents and their community, even in the dance class they are performing in front of each other. These activities also help children with special needs to gain confidence. One should note that dance classes provide a lovely environment in which children without additional needs learn to accept and support others as well, whilst those with special needs can learn from their peers.
Emma Morgan has been working recently to launch a Tiny Toes Ballet Special Education Needs (SEN) programme. Many of our teachers across our franchises are SEN dance teachers qualified by Para Dance-the UK’s only national governing body for Para Dance Sport in the UK. Our aim is to develop and promote dance as a sport and an inclusive leisure activity across the county.
Tiny Toes Ballet Essex
classes run from 6 months to 7 years old in Rayleigh and Leigh-on-Sea.
To book onto a free taster session, visit tinytoesballet.co.uk/essex
to find your nearest class. For more information, please call 07786266841