Whatever your child’s ambitions, you want to see them grow and flourish and do what they love. If your daughter loves dancing, this is certainly something to be encouraged from an early age. Dancing has many amazing benefits for the body and can help your daughter to socialize too. Dancing is great exercise and is a great skill to have. Whether your daughter wants to do dancing in her spare time, or pursue it as a career, encouraging her love of dance and being supportive is essential as a parent. If your daughter loves to dance, here is how you can encourage her to pursue her passion.
Be Happy with Her Decisions
You as a parent need to be happy with your daughter’s decision to dance. Everyone paves their own path and whilst you may have wished for your daughter to be in a different career, if dancing is what she wants to do with her life, then you need to support this decision. The more you push her back as a parent, the more she will want to rebel. The best thing we can do as parents is to support our children and be there for them whether they succeed or don’t. If this is what she loves, you can make sure she is good at it and gets to where she wants to go. Always be supportive, no matter what your views are. There are many people that lead a fulfilling lifestyle as a dancer and do this as their main career. There are many jobs that you can get as a dancer and your daughter could always have a part-time job until she makes it.
Take Her to Lessons
If your daughter loves dancing, dance lessons are a must to take part in competitions and refine her skills. There are many forms of dancing out there, so finding the right class might take some time. It may be that your daughter loves many different forms of dancing. Helping her to find her niche is the best way to encourage her love for dancing. Some dance classes provide a little bit of every form of dance, whilst others are very specific, such as ballet classes. It can be costly sending your daughter to dance lessons so if you are struggling with money it may be that you need to seek a class that isn’t too expensive. It is also important to find a dance class with great teachers, so look around and speak to other parents before making a decision. For more information on dance classes, visit this page.
Help Her Practice
Your daughter might need help practicing and she needs someone to show her new moves off to. As her parent, you can help her to practice and watch her learn. This is a great way to boost her confidence and show you care. When someone loves something, they want to share it with their loved ones, so encouraging her to practice before big shows will improve her confidence. This is also a great bonding experience and if you love dancing too, you can practice together, and you can give her tips. Even if you can’t dance at all, let her be your teacher and practice with you.
Be Her Number One Fan
Most importantly, you need to be her number one fan. This means coming to watch her in shows, supporting her when she is struggling with a routine and being there when she fails. Unfortunately, she might not win every competition she takes part in but being there for her and supporting her will ensure that she feels good despite not winning. Instilling into her at a young age that it is her performance that is key and that winning isn’t everything is super important so that she doesn’t become down and lose her confidence in situations where her dance troupe doesn’t come first in a competition. You can also support her by taking her to classes and buying her the clothes and shoes she needs to perform. Many parents also help out with dance classes, helping the children get ready for performances, so if you are good at hair or makeup, perhaps see if your daughter’s dance class need any help when it comes to their next big show. As a parent, you can also encourage her to apply for shows if she wants to be performing on stage. If she is serious about dance, encourage her to post her performances on social media (depending on her age, of course), especially if she is making up her own dance routines. In this day and age, this is a great way to get noticed.
Always Look for New Clubs and Events
Being on the lookout for any dancing events will provide your daughter with further opportunities. Whether this is a new dance class or a dancing convention, these opportunities are not to be missed if your daughter loves dancing and wants to make something of herself. There are many dancing conventions in which dancers compete, and this can be a great way to get your daughter’s name out there, or just to let her see what she could be capable of in the future if she isn’t ready yet. If your daughter is older and finishing school, perhaps think about enrolling her onto a dance program if this is something she is seriously considering as a career. There are many dance programs out there, so finding the best one for you and your daughter can be a minefield. Luckily, OnStage Blog has compiled a list of the top 25 dance programs in the U.S. at the moment.
Encouraging your child’s ambitions will help them to become the best person they can be and love what they do. The more you support your daughter and provide her with opportunities, the more she will love and cherish you and the better she will become at dancing. Being there for her ups and downs is important as a parent, be her number one fan and she will appreciate it for the rest of her life.