Four Things Every Parent Should Know!
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 4 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child.
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 “Sprung Floor”. A Sprung Floor is a dance floor that rests on a system of high-density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping. Our special floors help reduce the risk of injuries and allow 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. Our smaller class sizes make sure that no fundamental concepts are being missed and that our dancers get personal attention from our instructors.
What are the “extras” required for the year end show?
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. Our studio owns a selection of costumes from high quality vendors that come beautifully complete so parents do not have to worry about any costume hassles. These costumes are rented to our students for a small fee.
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 studio has office staff on hand during posted times so you know exactly when you can get assistance and are always available via email or text.