If most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers, experience teaching children and a big show at the end of the year, aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter where you decide to enroll? Yes. There are 4 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles the parents must deal with and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program. Here are 4 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child.
Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints. Most dance footwear does not provide any cushioning or support, so the shock of dance movement can place a lot of pressure on the knees and back of a dancer. The best way to prevent against potential injury is by choosing a studio with curriculum designed by early childhood specialists taught by trained teachers.
Our teachers have traveled the US to receive training from top internationally recognized experts/curriculum authors in early childhood educational methods. Your child will be guided in stimulating activities that are physically safe, appealing to children (and fun for the parents, too!) While having a great time, your child will learn and develop in many areas: in addition to fine and gross motor skills, there many cognitive benefits including language skills, social and emotional growth and more!
If the dance class has fewer students in it each child will receive more personalized attention, learn more and have more fun. With younger students it is easier for a teacher to maintain control over the class and make sure each student understands the concepts and instructions. Our smaller class sizes make sure that no fundamental concepts are being missed. A smaller class size also allows our teachers to ensure that students are not developing bad habits or improper technique.
Our studio limits our toddler music and dance classes to a maximum of just 12 students per class.
Most studios put on a year end show in a professional theatre. Students that perform in the show must have a costume for their dance number. Some studios may require parents to sew their child’s costumes, or pay extra and the parents must find their own seamstress to do the sewing. This can be inconvenient and frustrating for parents who are busy or can’t sew. Most studios also require parents to purchase tickets for the recital performance night.
Our studios use our own professional seamstress to sew and alter the costumes, so parents do not have to worry about any costume hassles. Our studio also gives each parent 2 free tickets for our year-end show. This way you as a parent will not be faced with any extra work or expenses.
In many studios the teacher conducts classes and does the administration. By trying to do two jobs at once, the class may suffer as the teacher has to use class time for customer service issues. To have a good experience it is important to choose a studio that has designated staff to assist you with details like costumes or schedules, even if teachers are occupied most of the day in class. Our studio has customer service specialists to help you with your questions via phone or email at times that are convenient for you, to not take away from your quality time with your child.