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? Yes. These are 5 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your children receive, the amount of extra work and hassle the parents must deal with and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program. Here are 5 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance school for their child.
What type of studio 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 potential injury is by choosing a studio with a professional “floating floor” or a suspended floor. A floating floor is a dance floor that rests on a system of foam, to absorb the shock of jumping.
Our dance floors are either suspended (not resting on any hard surface) or floating. Our floors help reduces the risk of injuries and allows students to dance longer without getting tired.
What is the size of the class?
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 also allow our teachers to ensure that students are not developing bad habits or improper technique.
Our dance studio limits all of our classes to a maximum of 16 students with 8-10 students being a more common class size. Creative Movement classes (ages 2-6) are limited to 10 students and Tiny Twos to a maximum of 8 students per class. Many of our classes also have teaching assistants as well as the qualified instructor.