Dance and Gymnastics – 7 Benefits of Both

Dance and Gymnastics

Have you ever considered enrolling your child in a dance class alongside Gymnastics? Perhaps you have considered the benefits that one gains from the other, and need some more information before you commit to one. (Or in this case, both!) Here are seven benefits of dance and gymnastics.

Dance and Gymnastics

 

Balance and Grace

Dance helps develop both balance and grace, which is something gymnasts need on many of their apparatus, especially Floor and Beam.

Core Strength

Ballet class develops core strength through rigorous positions and repetition. This translates to greater tumbling strength for the gymnast.

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Body Control

Because dance works with rhythm and counts, the dancer develops a keen sense of body control. This helps tremendously when the gymnast needs to identify problem areas in their gymnastics skills.

Rhythm

Dance helps gymnasts to become more rhythmically inclined, leading to more grace and showmanship in their floor routines.

Discipline

Both dance and gymnastics have their own unique areas in which focus and determination are imperative. The discipline that the athlete receives from these areas helps to develop life- long habits.

Conditioning—(Athletic Training)

The training that gymnasts receive helps to be a stronger, more powerful dancer with greater stamina for longer routines, etc.

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Increased life-long athletic skills

From a young age, preschoolers who take ballet lessons along with gymnastics classes have greater success with athleticism as they grow.


So remember, when discussing prices of classes, schedules and other mundane details, you are not simply paying for dance and gymnastics. You are  paying for the opportunities these sports provide to your child in developing attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives.

You should also know that not all schools have programs that will combine the two disciplines. If you can’t find a program that contains both, look into schools that offer both as separate classes.

If you can think of more benefits, or have comments about any that I listed then please share in the comments below!

The Importance of an Active Warm-Up For Your Gymnastics Class

Gymnastics Warm Up

Do you know the why we have our athletes warm-up and stretch at the beginning of their gymnastics class? Our athletes participate in an active warm-up for the same reason a professional athlete has a warm-up regimen, an active warm-up and stretch helps prepare their bodies for the exercise they are about to get.

Warming up and stretching their bodies’ helps to increase blood flow to their muscles which helps reduce soreness and lessen the risk of injury. In turn, this helps our athletes feel ready to participate. We incorporate 2 types of stretching into our lessons, Dynamic and Static Stretching.

Stretching

Dynamic Stretching, or “stretching with movement”, is used to increase their range of motion and reduce muscle stiffness. Active Warm UpStatic Stretching “stationary stretching” is used to elongate the muscles and increase flexibility. As gymnasts both range of motion and flexibility are important for their skill development which is why we incorporate both into each lesson.

Warm-Up

Warm-ups are also mental preparation for our athletes. The assigned warm-up and stretching movements are directly connected to the movements they are learning during the skills in their classes. This mentally prepares them for body positions they will encounter throughout their lesson by being familiar with and having already passed their bodies through these positions during their warm-up and stretch.

What is your favorite warm-up? Let me know in the comments below!

The Top 7 Reasons To Send Your Child To A Sports Center Camp

School age Girls Gymnastics

With summer literally right around the corner I’m sure you’ve planned out the camp your kids are going to on what days, and on what weeks, well in advance. OK, maybe not! Well at Bay State we are super excited about our camps. We know how busy things can get in the summer with work and hectic schedules.

If you’ve been thinking about it, here are some reasons why sending your child (or children) to a sports-specific camp is a great choice!

Let’s get to it!

The Top 7 Reasons To Send Your Child To a Sports-Specific Camp

1. Spending the day being physically activeHand Stands

In a time when technology is a constant distraction among kids and young adults, sports-specific camps will keep them moving while also helping them improve their individual skills in a specific sport.

2. Goal-setting

It is important to learn how to set and accomplish goals, especially at a young age. Often at a sports-specific camp, goals are recorded or discussed at the beginning of the week to ensure coaching staff meets the needs of the individual athlete.

3. Diversity of coaching and peer athletes

A new coach means a new perspective and technical coaching style. Hearing the same correction from a new face may get a different reaction.

4. Meeting new friends with similar interestsFriends

Sports-specific camps provide an environment where athletes have a fun and positive experience with friends and peers who share a love of the same sport. Great bonds and friendships are developed in these atmospheres.

5. Access to a premier facility

Often times, sports-specific camps are held in a clean, fun, safe, and comfortable facility that is designed specifically for that sport. These facilities are equipped with the necessary tools and equipment to train in the sport.

6. Trained and experienced coaches

The camp counselors are highly experienced coaches who are trained and certified to provide high quality instruction in the specific sport.

7. Healthy competition amongst peers Dance

When athletes attend sports-specific camps, they are exposed to a different set of peers and competitors than their usual teammates from school or their hometown. This challenges the athletes to give 100% and excel to achieve success among their new competition.