Dance is the exercise of the body, mind, and soul. One such dance form that always keeps everyone on its toes, quite literally, is the ballet. To honor the birth of the creator of modern ballet, Jean George Nouverre, the world celebrates International Dance Day on 29th April every year. Ballet is one of the oldest classical dance forms in the world and a very difficult one to master too!
It’s no secret that Indian classical dances have now become world-famous! In fact, Kathak is one of the top 10 popular dance forms to reach a global audience. Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Mohiniattam are well-known Indian classical dances, each with their own cultural history and background. The poise, the expressions, the eye movements and the sound of ‘ghungroo’ with the tapping of feet sum up the idea of all Indian classical dances! Not just a sight to behold for the eyes, each of these dances have a huge list of health and behavioral benefits attached to it!
Importance of Learning Classical Dance for Kids
This International Dance Day, let us take a look at the importance of dance and other health benefits of dance to lead a blissful life!
- Patience – Be it any dance form, it teaches you how to be patient and when to be patient. We all know kids these days have so much going on around them that being patient becomes a task in itself. The best way to inculcate the art of patience in them is through dance.
The slow pause in some of the steps in Indian classical dances demands patience not just from the mind, but from the body as well. After a few classes or rehearsals, your kid will be able to observe patience in himself/herself even while breathing!