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Age-Related Training in Sports Dance: Why?
Age-related training is a concept that aims to adapt training to the dancer’s physical, mental and social development level. It’s an approach that takes into account the different stages of development that children and young people go through and how training can be adapted to these stages to promote optimal development and performance.
General principles for age-related training in sports dance
Age-related training is an essential part of talent development in sports dance. It’s about understanding and respecting each dancer’s unique stages of development and adapting training accordingly. Here are some of the key principles:
- Stages of development: The training is divided into three main groups: ‘Before puberty’, ‘During puberty’ and ‘After puberty’. Each has specific training methods to suit the dancer’s level of development.
- Focus on the entire training environment and focus on new knowledge: In age-related training, the focus is not only on technique and skills, but also on the overall environment the dancer is in. This includes support from coaches, parents and other athletes, as well as a positive and supportive atmosphere. It’s also important that everyone in the training environment is up to date with the latest knowledge and research. This ensures that training is always based on the most current and appropriate practices.
- Long-term developmental perspective and an individual approach: Every child is unique, so training must be tailored to the needs of the individual dancer. This can include adjustments in training intensity, technique focus and social interaction, depending on where the dancer is in their development. It’s also about looking at the dancer’s development in a long-term perspective. This means that training must be appropriate and sustainable over time so that the dancer can continue to develop and perform at the highest level.
These principles form the basis for an effective and responsible approach to training children and young people in sports dance. It’s about understanding and respecting each dancer’s development and creating an environment where they can thrive and reach their full potential.
Bendixen Dance and age-related training
At Bendixen Dans, we have implemented Dans Danmark’s age-related training concept, which was developed in collaboration with Team Danmark. In addition, we have many years of experience working with young talent. Many of our instructors have been involved in developing the concepts in the federation and teach in the coach education program.
We understand the importance of adapting training to each dancer’s age and level of development. Our approach is not only focused on technique and performance, but also on creating an environment where children and young people can grow, have fun and develop a lifelong love of dance.
At Bendixen Dans, we are dedicated to this approach and have the expertise to support and develop young talent. Our experience and commitment to age-appropriate training makes us an ideal choice for those who want to take their dancing to the next level, from beginner to international sports dancer.