Rising Stars in Ballroom Dancing?
We were fascinated watching the youngest dancers. They just amazed us by their execution! There were quite a few young children ballroom dancing and they were something to watch! They take dance seriously and you could just see their energy busting as they waited on the sidelines for their heats. As I talked with a few of the mothers, I learned that many of the children are able to take dance lessons for free or nearly free at several different locations such as Goldstar Youth Program in Greenville SC and Queen City Ballroom in Charlotte, NC. Many studios in that area also offer ballroom lessons for children and youth. I live in the Nashville, TN area and found that Metro Parks has a dance program with scholarships and the YMCA also offers dance classes from time to time.
Ballroom classes for children have long been a part of children’s training in Russia and other eastern European countries and seem to be catching on here in the states. Parents may want their children to be involved for all the positive things mentioned above – and the bonus is the kids just love it! The increase interest may partly be because of shows like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, and maybe because, well – it is just fun, as all of us adult ballroom dancers know!! I heard more than once this weekend that “ballroom dancing is life changing!”. I think that was exactly why Pierre Dulaine started his program for children!
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