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The Dancesport for children is not only beautiful and elegant, it is also very healthy for the child’s physical and social development. The dance helps to form a correct posture and good walk, develops the sense of rhythm, responsibility, contributes to social adaptation in a collective, accustoms to patience and concentration of attention.

The basis of Dancesport for children is the study of the Standard dances (English waltz, Tango, Viennese waltz and Quick step) (the Slow Fox is danced later) and the Latinos (Aamba, Cha cha cha, Rumba and Jive) (the pasodoble is danced older). Beginning dancers learn to dance only four basic dances, English waltz, Quick step or Tango, Cha cha cha and Jive or Samba.

The JUVENILE age category is composed of JUVENILE 1 and JUVENILE 2.

JUVENILES 1 picks up couples whose senior member is up to 9 years of age at the end of the season on December 31st. At this time (July 2017) would be Juvenile 1 those couples whose senior member of the couple was born at the most in 2008. In January 2017, those born in 2007 to be Juvenile 2 have already passed.

JUVENILES 2 brings together couples whose senior member is up to 11 years of age at the end of the season on December 31st. At this time (July 2017) would be Juvenile 2 those couples whose senior member of the couple was born in 2006. In January 2017 and will be born in 2005 to be Junior 1.

These CATEGORIES OF JUVENLE 1 and 2 are very important for Dancesport. All are important, but … given the level and specialization, starting soon is an advantage, and also, with a correct training, it would start well.

The FUNDAMENTALS, the TECHNICAL BASES should be worked on in these Categories. For this reason, the Level G-F-E Category (2nd Territorial in Spain) (this is because they are categories managed by the Autonomous Federations) D (1st Territorial in Spain) and C, THE STEPS (figures) THAT CAN BE USED IN THE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN RESTRICTED.

The Dancesport is not a free discipline. The steps must be recognizable and most of them are. They have a name and a norm of execution. (Syllabus).
The most BASIC steps are those allowed in the lowest categories (G-F-E …) As you go up in Category more steps are allowed.

Today in the FEBD Rules (Spanish Federation of Dancesport) the same steps are allowed in Categories G-F-E-D. There is a strict rule of execution.

The professors, technicians, judges and experts know each step by their name and by their way of execution. AND THEY ARE PRECISELY IN THESE CATEGORIES WHERE A WORK SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT, A MORE ESMERATED WORK TO FUNDAMENT THE TECHNIQUE to achieve in the future HIGHLIGHTED DANCERS.

Who passes too quickly and soon by these categories and does NOT HAVE A GOOD AND SEVERE TECHNOLOGY IN THEM, they will never be able to stand out, in the future and less in the International panorama.

The steps of each dance, both in STANDARD and in LATINOS each have their own name. AND THE SET OF PERMITTED AND RECOGNIZABLE STEPS ARE CALLED «SYLLABUS».

So the more careful, rigorous the coaches in getting that PURISM IN EXECUTION, the more technical the children will get and more future successes as a consequence.

The DANCESPORT is a HUGE TECHNICAL Discipline. It is the Discipline in the dance environment that has the closest to the Classic Dance. The Position is fundamental.

Getting every part of the body, that every joint, that the weight is where they should be and coordinate properly is somewhat complex but that is precisely where the difference between a good dancer lies who is less. These details, nuances, etc. are very difficult to perceive for non-professionals.

For this reason many parents take time (sometimes years) to go capturing those subtleties that are so obvious to professionals. For this reason they are sometimes carried away by aspects such as «enthusiasm», «beauty», «charm» etc when these aspects are not really that important, or important for the evaluation of a couple. In other words, easier to see doing well in other disciplines (soccer, tennis, etc) than in Dancesort.

At what age is it better to start in the Dancesport?

The optimum age to start in sports dancing, according to specialists, is 6-7 years.

Younger children have a hard time being in class because they can not focus their attention for a long time.

But if your child is well developed, you can start taking him to classes at the age of 4-5 years.

How is work done with children in the Dancesport?

At the age of 6-7 the children enroll in Dancesport groups. As a general rule, during the first year the children dance alone, they learn the basic movements of the Dancesport and the most basic dances, English waltz, Quick step, Cha cha cha and Jive. Children learn the basic positions of hands and feet, and listen to the rhythm of the music. The participation of the children in the internal tournaments of the club is possible if the club organizes them.

In the second year, the coach forms dance partners. At that age the children begin to participate in their first competitions of Dancesport, in the category of «Beginners» (G-F). If your child does not have a partner, nothing happens. The child continues to learn the dances alone and can participate in the tournaments in the category «Female League or Individual Dance». If you are a child, you are almost guaranteed to have a partner.

If the year was profitable and the couple achieves good results, it acquires the «E» class (2nd Territorial-Spain) which means that the children participate in Dancesport competitions in four dances, English Vals, Quick Step or Tango; Cha Cha Cha and Jive or Samba (2 std + 2 lat). Having that class the children are already considered athletes. They dance the sports program, actively participate both in class competitions, and in the open competition of the Dancesport for children in the Juvenile group I (7-9 years).

If in the current year one of the members of the couple reaches 10 years, the couple goes to the next age group, Juvenil-2 (10 and 11 years), the competition in that category is much more serious. The best thing is that by the time you move to the Juvenil-2 category, the dance couple has already obtained the D class (1st Territorial) (which means that they compete in 6 dances, three of the Standard program – English Vals, Tango, and Quick Step – and three in the program Latino – Samba, Cha Cha Cha, and Jive). (3 + 3)

In the Juvenil-2 age group the couple only dances for 2 years, and then, if that year one of the members of the couple turns 12, the couple goes on to the Junior I category (12-13 years).

In the Junior I group, the boys already dance 4 standard dances and 4 Latin dances (4 + 4) (not Slow fox and do not normally double, although in some countries they are drawn so that everyone dances). In this age group suffer considerable changes in the costumes, shoes and hairstyles.

With 14-15 years they dance in the Junior II Age category. And they dance all the program of standard and Latin, that is, 5 + 5 dances.

What does a child need for Dancesport classes and the price?

The price of group classes of Sports Dance for children in a middle school amounts to about 30-50 euros per month (8 classes). (varies depending on the country and the city).

When couples want to improve, improve their learning and achieve better results in competitions, it is normal to take a private class every 15 days or so. The more sugar sweeter! It is also usually normal to take one particular a week. The average normal price is 30-50 euros for 45 to 60 minutes. The advantage is that each member of the couple normally pays half, except in those cases where they are brothers!

This case is a unique and very interesting case. Getting a stable partner is not easy. People are not very stable in their decisions, relationship problems can arise, etc. In the case of brother and sister, the will of the parents is sufficient for the couple to endure and improve. That’s right: the cost doubles!

Regarding the clothing for the classes, as a general rule it is of classic style, but the most important thing is the comfort. Children train in shirt or T-shirt with elastic material and pants. Girls, in a tight top or blouse and short skirt and free fall. The clothes should be comfortable, light and natural, you do not have to squeeze or rub. You can go to the first class with shoes for dancing.

And the parents?

They are usually started in a new activity and new experiences. Almost always there is no stable couple. That is, almost always sooner or later it changes. Sometimes for your initiative and sometimes for the other party’s.
It is convenient to prepare for it. Relax and accept it as normal, not as an insult. We must try to be flexible and not too demanding. Your child is not as good as you normally see him and his partner is not that bad either.

Every relationship is difficult and you have to know how to temporize.

source: Dancesort Dancers Channel

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