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 which place you decide to enroll at? 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 the 4 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child.
1) What type of dance facility is right for you?
There are different types of dance studios, neighborhood studios, competition studios, specialty studios, and professional studios. At the professional studio you will find the “Big Guns” taking and teaching classes. This is where every serious student eventually needs to dance. A specialty studio specializes in a certain type of dance (ballet and pointe, ethnic). A competition studio is a neighborhood studio where participation in numerous dance competitions are emphasized and class time is generally spent on learning routines. A neighborhood studio usually offers a wide variety of classes and is a place where most dancers first fall in love with dance. A quality neighborhood studio can give a student a firm and lasting foundation.
Our neighborhood studio offers a variety of styles of dance and levels. We specialize in children and present our classes in a unique, creative, and age appropriate fashion to keep our student’s focused and inspired and all of our instructors use our own specialized curriculum . We offer a comfortable, non-competitive environment which gives our dancers the freedom to learn to love dance.
2) Does the size of the class matter?
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, smaller classes are even more important, as 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 all of our classes (ages 5 and up) to a maximum of just 12 students per class. With our preschool classes (ages 3-4) we limit all our classes to a maximum of just 10 students, and our toddler classes to just 8 students per class.
3) Do students have to participate in the year end show?
Most studios put on a year end show and many will spend a good portion of the year preparing a routine for that show, learning “a dance”, opposed to “how to dance”.
We however realize that not every student is available or wants to participate in our year end show, so we spend much of the year focusing on our students overall skills and naturally progress to learning a routine, which is a fundamental part of any dance class. This way every student can enjoy a complete year of classes.
4)Can I get immediate assistance and customer service?
In many studios the teacher or 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 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.