The first day of dance class is something to be excited about...it can also raise a lot of questions, though! What should we expect? How can we get ready? What will we experience and what does my child need to wear? In hopes of answering these questions (and more!), we've outlined a few things you can do for your dancer to give them a fanatistc first experience.
1. Talk About The Class Ahead Of Time: It’s a great idea to talk about the new dance class beforehand so that your dancer knows what to expect. For the toddler dance classes and older, it’s important your dancer knows ahead of time that you will not be going into the room. Offer ongoing encouragement such as “I’m going to be so proud of you to watch you dance with the big kids.” “I will be right outside if you need me.” “You are going to have so much fun.” “We will do something special afterwards for my big boy/girl dancer like get ice-cream.” “You are in a big kid class now, so mommy’s/ daddy’s have to sit outside.” This way, there are no surprises.
2. Meet The Teacher Ahead Of Time: Use the teacher’s name when talking about the class ahead of time and show them the dance teacher’s bio and picture to get your tiny tot excited to meet their new teacher.
3. Bring A Friend: It always adds to the fun and eases any butterfly nerves to have a friendly face with you. Invite a friend to join by having them schedule a trial dance class.
4. Come Dressed Appropriately: It also helps, especially for the young dancers, to understand they are going to a structured class (versus unstructured playtime) if they are wearing the appropriate clothing. We do not require you to buy anything specific, but get creative on the clothes choices to make them feel like a dancer. If you are ready to make a purchase, receive 10% off your first order with discountdance.com by using Dance To EvOLvE's code TP35961. You will also find affordable dance attire and shoes at stores such as Target, Payless, and sometimes Walmart. If you do not have the ballet or tap shoes, just let your dancer know you are going to try it for today and if s/he likes it, then you will get the fun dance shoes.
5. Get Involved: If your dancer is participating in Baby Boppers or Magical Munchkins the more you get involved, the more engaged your dancer will be and the sooner they will start doing the activities on their own. If your dancer is in an older class, just stay near-by (at least that first day) so s/he has the visible comfort of you close-by.
Remember, every dancer’s first experience will be different, depending on their age, the type of class they attend and their past experiences. And yes, tears are normal! Adjusting to a new activity can take time and it is very common for it to take a few classes before a new dancer is comfortable and fully engaged. The best thing to do is give it some time because only time will tell.
We can't wait to get dancing with your little one!