What's the Point(e) of Wearing Dance Uniforms?

(c) The Royal Ballet School

(c) The Royal Ballet School

Dance is discipline.

Dance is known to be not only an art form, but we all know that it most importantly instructs discipline. By not being able to abide by the littlest rules or protocol of the school, then how much more the bigger ones?

Hmm...now tell me where is the discipline there?

Different dance forms, different technique, different outfit.

Let’s say your child takes ballet classes, you wouldn’t want to enroll him/her without buying any ballet slippers or ballet tights and just wear socks, right? Ballet without the ballet shoes doesn’t sound quite right to me.

Believe it or not, putting on your dance uniform changes everything. Not only physically, but it changes the whole atmosphere of the class into a more serious one. Wearing a uniform improves learning by reducing distraction, sharpening focus  and making the classroom a more serious environment. This allows students to perform better.

Yes, it  doesn’t stop a child from learning how to dance, but again, discipline. By following a simple rule, they would also understand the concept of “you can’t always get what you want.”  

They may want to come in class dressed as their favourite princess, but they have to wear a uniform. So from this, they should understand that dance class IS dance class, and fancy princess outfit can always wait. In that sense, it also trains them at a very young age to be more obedient and cooperative in instances like such.

Speaking of a fancy outfit, putting on a uniform means students don’t have to worry about peer pressure when it comes to what they are wearing. When everyone is dressed the same, worrying about what you look like isn’t so important. The bonus part is that this also saves mum and dad’s bank account from their child comparing her outfit to her classmates. So, you’re welcome!

Putting on a uniform gives a sense of belonging, where everyone is the same and no one can be left out by the way they are dressed.

Dance is fun, but dance can also be tough. Dance teaches your child things they can never learn in the four corners of their classroom. It teaches them grace, posture, control and order. But despite, how tough it could sound at times, if there is no self-discipline, there is no future.

But always remember that a child’s attitude always starts from the parents. Always. If the parents cannot instill a bit of discipline to their child, then... we most likely know where that leads.

So if your kids are in need of a uniform in their dance class or anywhere else, make sure as parents, you shall abide first, and the children will follow.

Trust me, it just makes life so much easier!