Competitive dancing is a wonderful sport, but it can take its toll on the body. Furthermore, while the sport is fun to pursue, there is stiff competition out there for youngsters aspiring for a career in dance. To make matters worse, kids are urged to start out as young as they can because careers are often launched early. If you plan on going all out when it comes to your kids and learning competitive dancing, you have to realize how much time they’re going to have to dedicate to such an endeavor.
In many ways, that is over the top if you ask me. There is nothing wrong with taking dance classes, and competing locally is one thing. However, keeping up with a rigorous regimen to try and make it to the national stage or into show business would not be for me. However, some children get passionate enough about things to pursue them every waking minute. Maybe it’s those children that would be fine with such a challenging road ahead.
I was watching that show that reality show that’s out now about dancing, only it’s the kids version. I’ve only seen it once, but it amazed me at how good some of the kids were. It also made me think of what some parents subject their kids to doing, and I’m hoping that all of those kids really did want to pursue that sport and that dream. As John Adamberg from Abbotsford Dance School says: “This is your kids hobby, it doesn’t have to be a competition. Your kid should join if they want to and they should be the one enjoying it, not you.”
As parents of a kid who loves to dance and wants to pursue competitive dancing, it’s important that you don’t cross certain lines. Be there for your child as he or she explores the world of dancing and what it would take to compete. Don’t push, don’t demand, and know when encouragement and a little adult insight might be necessary. Dancing is supposed to be fun.