Gymnastics and dance are often considered complementary activities, and for good reason!
They both tend to positively impact the skills of the other, and for gymnasts in particular, dance can build their confidence in a few key areas of progress. It offers gymnasts a way to explore the art of their movement, as well as their memorization skills and musical abilities.
In our experience at Fusion Dance Solana Beach, what we’ve seen over the years is that dance training can offer gymnasts an advantage when it comes to cross-training both mind and body! So, whether your gymnast is training for fun or for competition (or both!) dance can provide these important benefits along the way …
Dance Develops Grace
Although gymnastics is often considered more of a sport than an art, gymnasts must express artistry in their movement—particularly on balance beam and floor exercise. Their performance quality must shine alongside their skills in order to showcase their clean technique and poise. In this way, dance training allows gymnasts to develop a lightness and grace to each step, position, and tumbling pass. Dance also helps them tap into the details of the lines and shapes they create, such as with their pointed toes and elongated fingers.
Dance Cultivates Body Awareness
Dance training for gymnasts adds an extra layer of body awareness to the execution of their movements. For example, gymnasts often perform the same routines repeatedly throughout their season, and dance training can help boost their “muscle memory” … otherwise known as the way they remember what to do without conscious effort. Because dance class is built on repetitive phrases of movement (some quite long!) it helps gymnasts cross-train their muscle memory and fine-tune their body awareness.
Dance Builds Musicality
Dance training, by default, also incorporates musicality training! Because dance classes are conducted with music and dance routines are performed to music, a gymnast who studies dance will naturally begin to better understand counts and rhythms. This effect benefits more than her performance too; it can influence the way she understands and uses her breathing to support her movement. Keeping time and knowing how to move correctly with the beat of the music are two qualities that can’t be underestimated when it comes to scoring well.
At Fusion Dance Solana Beach, we love working with gymnasts because of their strong work ethic and focus. It’s rewarding to see how their dance training enhances their gymnastic skills—and vice versa! We’re privileged to be able to serve students with a variety of talents, and we love seeing how the skills from their different activities go hand-in-hand.
If you have a gymnast who’s looking to complement her training with dance, we encourage you to connect with us!