Whether your child is already in a ballet class, or simply obsessed with the art form, you can nurture their interest. To get you started, we’ve compiled a few ideas for encouraging your child’s love of ballet at home.
For an immersive, impactful experience, it’s impossible to top watching a ballet in a theatre.
Read Children’s Books About Ballet
Reading ballet-based stories is another way you can encourage your child’s love for ballet at home. There are many good ones on this list, including You’re Tutu Cute, about a ballet-loving bear, I’m a Ballerina, which follows a young dancer from her classes to her first recital, and for the boys, When Langston Dances, inspired by Alvin Ailey, the legendary dancer and founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
Dance with your child!
Choose different types of music, too. Classical, of course, but mix in jazz and even hip hop. Different rhythms, sounds, and beats keep it fun and interesting for both of you. For a little extra fun, add fun props like scarves. A tiara or two wouldn’t hurt!
Encourage and Praise Work Done at Home
Praise focused on the effort and process is much more effective than when it’s only about talent. Phrases like “your hard work has paid off” and “I can see a big improvement” keep your young dancer in the right mindset.
As you can see, there are lots of ways you can encourage your child’s love for ballet at home. Getting into the studio for lessons takes that interest to the next level. If your child wants to join a class or you’d like to change studios, consider Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Classes are for ages three and up. Find more info on the CPYB children’s division here.