What Are the Benefits of Team Gymnastics?

Team gymnastics offers great opportunities for young athletes to learn how to work on a team and improve their physical performance. When a gymnast joins team gymnastics, he or she will learn many life skills that can follow throughout an athlete’s life. Let’s take a closer look at the many benefits of team gymnastics.

Athletes learn how to work on a team.
Learning teamwork is a vital skill that will follow teenagers for the rest of their lives. When a young person is part of team gymnastics, then he or she will always be part of a team that is working toward common and individual goals. This team will teach a young gymnast how to coordinate routines, listen to constructive criticism, and support others. These skills will help when that gymnast works on a team for a school project or joins a team of workers in a future career.

Athletes learn the value of second place.
Many athletes can become concerned with winning or beating others to gain a trophy or high score. The drive to constantly win and better one’s performance can be beneficial, but it should not come at the expense of others. Team gymnastics can teach athletes how to be a good loser and a good winner when their teammates win or lose. These skills will help in life and in future careers or competitions.

Athletes learn the benefits of support.
Team gymnastics is built around supporting and learning from fellow athletes. Many athletes can become concerned with their own progress or their own faults. When these athletes participate on a team, then they can gain support—or learn how to support—from their teammates. Fellow gymnasts can offer advice on improving movements or how to balance personal concerns with gymnastics. This type of support will keep athletes mentally and physically healthy.

Heart & Soul Kids Activity Center offers developmental and competitive team gymnastics for our gymnasts. We want all our students to learn the value of teamwork and gymnastics. Please visit us online or call us at (520) 818-7974 to learn more.

Tips for Practicing Dance at Home

If you are learning a new dance style or a new routine, then it is vital to practice at home and in the studio. There are many ways to practice at home, such as listening to the music as much as possible. Read on for more tips for practicing dance at home.

Tip #1: Watch a Playback
When you are practicing for an important performance, have someone film your routine. Then, watch the playback when you are alone and undistracted. Watching your routine from an outsider’s perspective is a great way to notice strengths, flaws, and mistakes. This playback can improve your individual routine, and it can improve your overall techniques as you continue dancing.

Tip #2: Listen to the Music
Listening to the music, without dancing to it, is an effective way to learn the beat, hear the lyrics, and gain a sense of the song’s themes. This is also a great time to be still and visualize your performance to the music. Try to see the different movements and be conscious of any constructive criticism your dance teacher might have provided. Using this quiet time and your visualization skills will help enhance your performance from a technical perspective rather than an emotional one.

Tip #3: Find a Large Space
Whenever you are practicing—at home or at your dance studio—you should have plenty of space to move. However, at home you will not have the benefit, and sometimes hindrance, that can come from wall-to-wall mirrors. When you are performing your routine for an audience, you will not have mirrors to influence your dance, so it is important to practice without mirrors. This will help you memorize your routine and be conscious of correcting any mistakes.

Encourage the entire family to learn all types of dance, from toddler ballet to adult jazz, at Heart & Soul Kids Activity Center. We offer a multitude of classes throughout the week. Please call us at (520) 818-7974 to register and find a passion for dance.