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A Great Behavior Modification: Classical Ballet for Boys

You would never think that Classical Ballet would be a great behavior modifier for boys but it is. As an Early Childhood Consultant and Trainer, I teach both boys and girls in addition to my consultant and training duties. I use dance as an experiential  teaching tool. What I love about it, is that it both engages my students and helps them to release a lot of excess energy. Through the use of music and choreography, I can create and use energetic and explosive pieces which are great for boys, or calming and quieting pieces.

TAKE THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE

Boys are extremely energetic and explosive. They love to run, jump, throw and wrestle. They also love climbing, kicking and leaping. When you know this it makes your job a lot easier because you just develop activities where boys get to do these things in an organized and structured way. Since boys love doing these things anyway, you don’t get a lot of resistance when it comes to asking them to do them.  They will gladly oblige and cooperate, because to them these activities are fun.

There are two important elements that will insure cooperation and fun for all. There needs to be order and organization, or else it’s really easy for things to get chaotic and out of hand. Learning to take turns and learning about patterns and sequences are very helpful to children. It’s not only a precursor to math but it is very engaging for their minds and also develops patience. By learning the dance combinations and mastering them by repeating them over and over again they get to learn to be patient, and how patterns are formed.

CHILDREN NEED BALANCE TOO

Yes, boys are energetic and have a lot of energy, but they also need to learn when to conserve that energy and also how to express their energy in different ways.  They need to learn how to be still and be quiet, not in a disciplinary way but in a self control way. They need to learn that they are the boss of their bodies and they tell their bodies and muscles what to do and how to get them to do what they want them to do.

A PERFECT EXAMPLE

As I was preparing for a graduation performance at one of my schools, one of my little boys was misbehaving and being extremely uncooperative. Myself and the two other teachers in the classroom had spoken to him repeated about running in the classroom, and running into  and hitting the other children. After the third time I approached him and held his hand. I led him over to a seat at the table in his classroom and explained to him that myself and the other teachers had repeatedly asked him to not run in the classroom or hit and run into the other children and that because of he did not do that he had two choices. He could read a book at the table or write or color.

A SHOCKER!!!!!!!

Well this little adorable one looked up at me with these beautiful brown eyes and said:” I want to do Braba.”(pronounced Bra- ba) which is a Ballet term that we use to place our arms in a certain position to show that we are ready to dance. It’s a preparatory position. I just stared at him at first, puzzled. I looked at him a few seconds longer, trying to read him. After a few seconds I said okay let’s go back over to the other students who were practicing. I then switched the music to a song that we would be performing that used classical ballet steps.

MAGIC!!!!!!!

To my surprise he did the entire dance. He was graceful and calm. He looked like a little angel I couldn’t believe it! He was not the same little boy that was running around like crazy and hitting every one. The entire time we were dancing I was like WOW!!!!!!!!! It was truly amazing. After the class I thought back on the many times that my students asked to specifically do Ballet. When I went back in my memory I was so surprised to realize that the boys request out numbered the girls. I also remembered how many times I had used it to calm a rowdy class down. It really is magical, try it for yourself and see.

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