Physie classes are an amazing way of teaching girls basic life skills that can be used throughout the rest of their lives. So many different skills and rules are needed to be successful in this world and kids are never too young to start learning them.
1. Spacial Awareness
Girls learn about spacial awareness quickly in physie classes. In many classes, you will see teachers using crosses, spots, coloured material or shapes to keep the kids standing in a certain locations. When teachers use props like these, they are also teaching kids to not play with them or move them so they stay in a formation or line. In the real world, we all get a little annoyed when someone moves into our personal space, don't we? Teaching kids to be aware of space at a young age will help avoid some conflicts at school and on the playground.
2. Taking Turns
Physie girls must take turns going across the floor, sharing information with their teacher, standing in the front, changing positions...the list goes on! Knowing when it is your turn to do something is a skill that everyone uses constantly to get through every day life. The sooner a child understands this, the sooner they understand how to interact better with others, and the less conflicts they will experience.
3. Standing In Line
Throughout physie classes, physie girls will stand in lines to keep things efficient, organized, and visually appealing. Imagine the supermarket, or entry to a roller coaster ride without lines! School teachers, physie teachers and other program leaders rely on lines constantly to get from place to place and teach this lesson over and over to run successful programs. Why not reinforce this skill in physie classes to help kids be familiar with every day expectations.
Physie girls are taught to listen and watch more than speak. They must listen to their teacher, to the music, and to the sound of their steps. The more a physie girl can listen closely, the more they can stay on beat and develop their musicality. Good listening skills are one of the most important things you can teach a child. It helps them be successful in school, understanding rules, and communicating with others.
5. Talking When Appropriate
How often do you correct your child when they speak out of turn, interrupt, or talk back? Physie classes teach kids to be quiet while stretching, waiting in line, while the teacher instructs, and so on. If the teacher is experienced, they will create moments for their girls to talk so kids know when it is and isn't appropriate to share. You can't expect a child to be quiet for an entire hour while they are having fun, but you can teach them when it is ok to share their ideas.
Respecting other dancers in the class and your teacher is a huge concept for young children. Girls are taught to share, respect space, take turns, listen, and encourage and clap for others. Teachers really tend to drive this point home when students start dancing in teams to perform in competitions. Physie girls are always taught to clap for one another, give each other compliments, and never make fun of anyone for their dancing. If the teacher creates an environment that feels safe and loving for girls to build their confidence. The more dancers respect one another, the better they will all feel and the more they will grow.
7. Good Posture:
Part of good etiquette is having good posture. Physie girls are taught to keep their heads up, stand up straight, and keep their shoulders back. From a young age they are taught to lift up to stand, how to shift their weight quickly, and to change how high or low they are dancing. The muscles that create good posture are being developed whether they realise it or not. Physie classes force kids to start having body awareness which translates to posture and good body language a little later in life.
8. Following Directions
Kids are all in the process of learning how to follow directions. Physie girls really get this reinforced throughout the entire class. Physie is one of the only activities where one must follow the direction of their teacher, the music, fellow dancers, and their own bodies all at the same time with precision and while looking good. There is a lot of direction going on there! We all know that following directions is a huge skill that dictates the majority of our lives.
Young physie girls often get to use props in their classes because it is a creative way for the teacher to keep them engaged in what they are learning. With the use of props, students are typically sharing through using them as well as bringing them back to the teacher. It's amazing how willing a young child is to help clean up, isn't it? Many times tiny tot dancers can get into little tiffs over who gets to give which prop to their teacher. Sharing is encouraged during clean up and in dance games to coincide with the lessons kids are being taught about sharing in school and at home.
10. Dressing To Impress
Many physie clubs ask that the girls have their hair out of their faces and are wearing leotards. Dress codes help dancers focus so they aren't fidgeting or confined to their clothing. When we learn to dress to impress at a young age, it sends a message of structure, organization, and cleanliness. We make better first impressions and become more appealing to others when we take good care of ourselves.
Many children's activities teach or reinforce similar life skills but the way physie classes do it is unparalleled. Combine a great teacher with music, movement, precision, athleticism, beauty, grace, fun, games, props, and energy and you've got a recipe for an amazing experience! Try out a physie class and teacher that engages your child for a while and you'll be surprised at how quickly these skills kick in gear! We all know how important each and every one of them are in our every day lives, develop them in your child through physie!