School will be out for summer vacation soon and many parents will be wondering how to keep their kids busy and happy. Activities that keep kids from being bored are essential for summer vacation. Keeping children physically active is the best way to keep them from getting bored as their heart pounds and vitality flows through their bodies. One activity that is fun and lets them burn off some of the natural, abundant energy that kids have is dance classes.

Dance classes are also a great way to help shy children overcome some of their insecurities. Most dance teachers are trained to help children discover their inner potential, finding hidden confidence within them, like a beautiful gem that is pulled out from deep within a mine.

Spending some time dancing over the summer will also counteract another tendency during summer vacation – the couch potato syndrome. Keeping your children from becoming lethargic, sitting in front of the TV, playing video games or lazily texting friends is a challenge that today’s parents face and can be counteracted by physical movement. The advantage dance has over other types of physical activities is it’s creative side. While sports focus the mind on developing physical skills, dance has an added benefit of allowing a child to explore their inner creativity as they connect the movement of their bodies to their emotional and creative heart.

When deciding on a dance class, let your child know about all the different styles of dance available so they can choose something that they feel they will enjoy. That will make them more likely to want to go and to stick with it. You can watch dancing shows on television to see which styles seem to hold their interest. You can also search for videos on the Internet to discover different styles. Try not to assume what your child will be interested and you may be pleasantly surprised!

Signing your children up for a dance class can help keep you from hearing “I’m bored” over and over. They will also be learning something that they can carry with them through their lives. Some children may even become so enthralled with a summertime dance class that they’ll want to channel their new passion into year-round activities such as musical theater or dance competitions.

Once you see all the fun the kids are having, maybe Mom and Dad will like to take some lessons too!

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