Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ramblings on International Dance Day

Dance classes are the current rage- hour-long lessons, where pre-primary kids are taught to sway to Bollywood numbers. You can spot the kids at any party– they know when to twirl, when to pout and when to smile prettily into the camera.

Dancing? That gets left behind somewhere. Imitating moves is far more important than enjoying the music.

My kids love dancing to Bollywood numbers, but their moves are their own. Music is something they react to, not count the beats of. They will never win dance competitions, but they have fun.

Am I shortchanging them by letting them be?

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