How to create an Inspiring Dance / Ballet space at home for kids ?
Updated: Jan 6
If your child is taking any sort of online lessons or is showing great interest in learning a skill , build an encouraging environment around it to motivate your child towards building his/her skill.
When it comes to making a dance space for ballet there are a few things to consider:
Space: First, the space should be age-appropriate and safe for children to use. This means that the floor should be soft and forgiving to help prevent injuries. If wooden and linoleum flooring is too much to invest in for a start, yoga mats are a great alternative to begin with.
Mirrors or other equipment should be securely mounted to prevent accidents. You should also make sure that the space is clutter-free, well-ventilated and well-lit. Finally, consider the overall aesthetic of the space and make it inspiring and conducive to dance practice. Personalize the space with dance pictures, dance memories or with a picture of whom they aspire to be.
For a slightly older/advance learner , you may want to install a ballet barre along one or more walls to help with ballet technique or invest in portable ones. To install a ballet barre at home for kids, you will need to first find a suitable location for the barre. It should be placed along a wall in a well-lit area. Once you have the barre, you can follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer to securely mount it to the wall. It is important to make sure that the barre is securely attached to the wall and that it is at the appropriate height for your child to use. Finally, make sure the area around the barre is clear and free of obstacles to prevent accidents.
Camera Placement : For online lessons, camera placement is crucial to the quality and enjoyment of the learners lessons. Help position the camera for your child in a way that the instructor can see the student from head to toe. The more the teacher can see the child, the more corrections they will be able to give. The student can then make notes of these corrections for after class practice and building on their skill. Therefore , camera placement is utmost important.
Speakers: Imagine learning to play a guitar that sounds wonky. A beginner will surely feel repelled and disinterested immediately. Investing in a decent sound system will create an enjoyable learning experience for your child.
Attire: Dress like a dancer to feel like one. Baggy clothes will not allow the instructor to see the dancers lines, body alignment and therefore the child would most likely not receive corrections. Hair should be neatly tied to minimize distractions while executing movements. You don’t want them to keep fiddling with their hair while executing their port de bras (arm movements).
Online lessons provide a great opportunity: an open access to the world of knowledge, for learners from any part of the world. Technology makes it easily available and possible for us today in this day and age. Help your kids to make the most of their time.