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How soon can i enroll my baby in dance classes?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Five years: You and your baby can start gentle movements to singing or music right after birth. You can encourage motor activity to music at any age. By age 2-3 years, creative play "dance" may be encouraged. Chronological and developmental age are not necessarily the same. Some children may be ready for classes at 4, some not until 7. Nevertheless, it should always be fun. Encourage, but don't force it.
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Dr. Becky White
Pediatrics 21 years experience
2-3 years: Most dance studios have classes for toddlers, but expect them to be more exploration of movement than dance training. Most two and three year olds are wiggly and have short attention spans! it's also a common age for separation anxiety and you may not be able to pry them off your leg long enough for them to participate.
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
3-5 years: Some children are ready by three years. Others not until later. Some dance classes do not enroll until after five. I agree that when your child is ready and willing is the time to consider enrolling in a class that meets your needs and your child's needs. Having fun while learning is very important.
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How soon can I enroll my baby in music classes?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
5-6 years: Every child is different, of course, and some will do better under this age. However, most kids will not have the patience and attention span to get much out of lessons under this age. After all, this is when real school starts. From 3-5 years, most places will want parents there to help focus. After 6, they are ready to go solo and focus more.
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