In our dance classes at SDC, we are committed to developing dancers who have healthy bodies and minds—and a healthy outlook on life! We want our dancers to feel confident about themselves and love their bodies.
What can you do at home to support this objective and boost your child’s overall wellness? We encourage these principles as a guide to build healthy habits in your child:
- Think about food as fuel
Nutrition plays a huge role in developing healthy dancers! Help your child see food as fuel by referring to it that way, that food makes up the protein, fats, and carbohydrates they need to have the energy and mental clarity for dancing.
- Make hydration easy
Whether at home or at the studio, children may need extra reminders to stay hydrated. Make drinking water a habit by having a water bottle available whenever possible (such as in their backpack or dance bag) and inviting your child to help prepare it in their favorite way, such as with the squeeze of an orange or an overload of ice cubes!
- Talk about bodies in a healthful way
At SDC, we are hyper-aware that body-positive talk by adults influences kids’ perspectives about their own bodies. We encourage parents to curb any negative talk about themselves and instead model an appreciation for what healthy bodies can do, such as grow stronger muscles or learn new dance moves!
- Take social media breaks
Dancers can easily get caught in a current of body-comparisons as they scroll through their social media. Encouraging your child to take breaks—even just an evening at a time—interrupts those thoughts.
It’s essential for us at Studio Dance Centre to grow the mindset that dance class is about more than just the steps: it’s also a place that helps shape healthy habits for life. As the calendar year winds down and a “fresh start” awaits in January, we hope these reminders come in handy. We appreciate our dance families standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us on this mission!
– Ms. Julie