What’s an invaluable life skill that everyone needs? Teamwork! And dancers must do a lot of it. By working with their classmates on a group performance for the recital, our dancers of all ages learn how to work together to create the best possible result.
As you’ve probably seen in class, it’s never too early to begin developing teamwork skills. At SDC, even our preschool students are learning how to follow the leader, make a circle, or change spots with a friend—all skills that they build upon throughout the season and may demonstrate in their recital routine.
As our students mature, they also begin to see the importance of reliability on each other—that as a group, they are helping one another pave a successful path to performance time. The process of learning a recital dance and practicing together becomes just as important as the final performance itself.
Throughout their educational journey, your child will likely be involved in quite a bit of teamwork. And eventually when they enter the workforce, their teamwork skills will be put to the real-world test. Being able to collaborate on ideas and cooperate for solutions, presentations, and shared goals is something everyone will encounter at some point or another. Through dance, our students are already developing a comfort level with this type of work!
That’s not to say teamwork is always easy. While practicing their recital routines, our students are understanding how to recognize each other’s strengths and communicate effectively. Different learning styles and personality styles mean that teamwork can be tricky to handle at times, and there may be bumps in the road. But learning how to navigate those bumps now, at a young age, is a major advantage! And with our experienced instructors guiding the way and nurturing these skills, we know our dancers will grow to excel in any teamwork environment.
We like to say that “dance friends are forever friends” and we think teamwork exemplifies this in every way. Through their cooperative efforts in class and onstage, the dancers are also developing a camaraderie and support system. When our students learn and grow alongside each other, sometimes for years and years on end, they form connections through their shared experiences—and their shared love for dance.
The bonds created through teamwork are truly immeasurable. At SDC, we have seen just how necessary—and how meaningful—these group bonds can be among our students. And there’s no better place to see teamwork on display than at the recital!
– Ms. Julie