|If you have never experienced a dance class before, here is what you can expect in a young child’s class. Each class begins with a warm-up to prepare the muscles and the body for the work to come. Traditional ballet exercises emphasizing proper posture are followed by stretches. Jumps and other motor skills come next. The final part of class is designed to encourage the young dancer’s creativity. Each child is rewarded at the end of class, not just with a sticker, but with a sense of accomplishment.||
Older students experience a similar format. After a warm-up to prepare the muscles for the strenuous exercise to come, dancers do traditional exercises that emphasize proper posture, control, and develop grace, poise, and confidence. Slow, exquistitely beautiful movements are followed by athletic jumps and turns and leaps. Each class ends with a traditional “réverénce” where the teacher thanks the pupils for their work in class and the students express their gratitude to the teacher.
How to Choose a Dance Studio
These guidelines will help you to have a successful, rewarding experience learning to dance. These are practical tips that we have discovered from years of teaching and our experience with teaching hundreds of students each year.
Visit the studio
Before you sign up for dance classes, it is always a good idea to visit the prospective studio and if possible meet some of the staff and watch a class. When you consisder that classes generally run the length of the school year, it is important to know that you will be comfortable with the environment during the hours you will spend there.
Can I get immediate assistance and customer service?
In many studios, the teacher or the studio owner 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, or the studio may have no customer service available if the teacher is in a class. To have a good experience, it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with details like costumes or schedules, even if a teacher is occupied in a class. Our studios have office staff on hand during all regular class times, so you can get immediate assistance.
How will I know how my child is doing?
In many studios, parents are limited to viewing classes just a few times per year. Our studio has one-way glass observation windows that are always open. Parents can watch every class if they so desire. In addition, students are given written evaluations and progress checks to take home. For students that are getting a late start or are experiencing difficulties, teachers may ask to spend extra time with them outside the regular class time to bring them up to speed with the rest of the class.
How Young is Too Young – Starting at the Right Age
Adults can start dancing at any time. Their success is based on how willing an adult is to commit to practicing. We teach many beginner students in their 60’s and 70’s.
For parents with toddlers that would like to explore the world of movement and dance, a parent/child class is ideal. There are no separation anxieties to contend with and the parent has the ability to control the child’s experience in the class. The child can become accustomed to the structure of a dance class with the security of a parent.
For children, starting at the right age is a key element to the success of their lessons. Some people will tell you “the sooner, the better,” but this attitude can actually backfire and be a negative. If a child is put in lessons too soon, they may feel overwhelmed and frustrated and want to stop lessons. The last thing you want to do is turn a child off dance because they are not ready for the format of a structured group class. Most children become comfortable with the structure of a dance class between ages 3 and 5. Sometimes if a child waits a year to start lessons, their progress can be much faster. They understand how to follow directions better, they have achieved greater independence from the parent, and they are able to thrive in a structured class environment.
What type of dance floor is used?
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 a professional floating, sprung dance floor. This is a wood dance floor that is installed several inches above the concrete sub-floor to allow room for the wood to “give.” This allows the floor to absorb much of the impact and prevents fatigue and injury.
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