Selecting the Right Dance Studio
There is no denying the benefits of dance. It builds confidence, flexibility, strength, coordination, time management skills and MUCH more! However, there are many differences in dance studios. If you are a new dance parent, consider the following when researching studios:
Feel, Philosophy and Structure of the Studio
Visit the studio and see if it looks clean, safe and inviting. You want a welcoming atmosphere conducive to learning. You know your child best and what type of environment they will feel most comfortable. Do YOU feel comfortable – is the waiting area spacious and are you able to see your child in class?
What are the philosophies of the studio as it relates to music, costumes and behavior? Are there dress codes and classroom etiquette rules? You can tell a lot about the school based on how the dancers behave and dress in class. This shows the school’s success in establishing decorum and discipline.
Are there established levels in the school? Are students placed in classes by age or ability or both? Once students become more advanced and dedicated, there is a fine line between having fun and being challenged technically. Make sure the studio is capable of knowing the difference and placing your child appropriately.
Proper flooring is very important to the dancer’s body. Make sure the studio has cushioned dance floors and not regular or concrete flooring, which can be very dangerous to the dancer.
This is one of the most important aspects in selecting a studio. Who will be teaching your child? Believe it or not, there are no regulations set for dance teachers and studios. How old are the instructors – do they know or have the experience to safely teach children? What are their qualifications and do they constantly enhance their own education? What exactly are their qualifications and accreditations? You want to make sure the studio is selective in who they are hiring as instructors.
Are there opportunities for students to be more involved in performing? If so, know the difference between competitive training and concert performance training. Also know the time and financial commitments required.