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5 Things To Look For When Finding Chicago Dance Classes

Posted by Brittany White on Aug 7, 2012 6:52:00 PM

Whether you're a toddler who is just starting to grasp the idea of dance or you are a veteran dancer who wants to continue with the practice of dance...finding Chicago dance classes can be hard!  There are a lot of things to look for and a lot that we forget to look for.  Here are some tools to help you find the Chicago dance class that's right for you!Chicago dance class

Location!  No one wants to drive or take public transportation to a studio that's nowhere near you.  You want to be able to find a class that is closeby and convenient.  When you're searching for classes, do a search by your zip code instead of just a general Chicago search.  This will help to narrow down the hundreds of Chicago dance classes offered throughout the city.

Class Type!  While a lot of people simply want to take a class that they have never taken, many will have a specific dance class in mind.  If you are looking for a specific class, you need to make sure that the studio you are researching offers it.  Don't waste your time trying out a studio that doesn't offer what you want.  You need to find the Chicago dance class that's good for you.

Class Schedule!  Every studio has a set class schedule.  The most frustrating thing can be to find a studio that is nearby you that only offers the class you want while you're at work...no help at all!  Always look over the studio's class schedule before committing.

Teachers!  Teachers make or break a class.  When it comes to younger children, a bubbly, trained, experienced instructor is always great!  For more adult classes, make sure that the teacher has credibility and experience working with adults.  Adults need to be aware of injuries and no one wants to be injured because the teacher was inexperienced.

Customer Service!  Some studios have a front desk staff while others are managed by one person or use a 3rd party vendors space.  Whatever the situation is, the customer service should always be great.  The studio should be communicative and helpful.  If you call a studio and they don't know half of the answers to your questions, more than likely that is not the Chicago dance class location for you.

Finding a Chicago dance class that suits your needs can be like finding a needle in a haystack if you're unaware of what to look for.  Take the time to pick a class that is good for you.  Don't be intimidated...you deserve to have the best class possible!

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A Starting Guide On How To Choose Dance Classes In Chicago

Posted by Brittany White on Jul 27, 2012 5:53:00 PM

The "Windy City" is the ideal place for dance for our sometimes harsh weather.  Not only is it home to great professional dance companies...it has so many options for all genres of dance and all ages.  To pick dance classes in Chicago, you need to know what you're looking for, how to look for it, and how to begin.

What style of dance classes in Chicago are you looking for?  Many Chicago studios offer ballet, hip hop, children's dance classes, salsa, ballroom dancing, and much more!  Once you know what type of dance you are interested in, the search for dance classes in Chicago becomes mdance classes in chicagouch easier!  If you are not sure what style of dance you are intersted in, see if the studio offers a trial class or at least go and watch a class.  It would always be recommended to start at a beginner level class so that you do not become overwelmed and frustrated.  Dance is a learned skill like anything else and it takes some time to get the general feel of it.

With your dance genre picked out, you can now begin to pick and choose which classes you want to take.  Many studios offer drop-in classes.  These classes allow you to pay for one class so you can try it out before committing to a package or monthly fee.  Make sure to try a couple different studios before settling.  There's so many options for dance classes in Chicago...make sure you find the best fit for you.

Once you've found a class that you love, the rest of it is easy.  Simply ask your instructor what they will expect from you each class (ex.: wearing certain shoes, bringing a water bottle to class, etc.).  Instructors who teach dance classes in Chicago are happy to answer any questions you have, so always ask.  Of course this information is often on the website too.

You're on your way to enjoying dance...what could possibly be better than that?

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How should I be preparing my baby girl's or boy's first dance class?

Posted by Brittany White on Jan 9, 2012 2:59:00 PM

A dancer’s first “big girl or boy” dance lesson is super exciting! This is when the young dancer gets to start having some independence as moms and dads watch from a distance outside of the dance room. (Dance To EvOLvE starts “big girl and boy” classes for 3 year olds in Tiny Movers and Hip Hop.) Although it may be a little daunting to the dancer (and parent), it Is definitely in the best interest of a child’s development. Parents can help by getting their dancer ready for this transition.

If your dancer is not yet old enough for a “big girl or boy” class, register for a Mommy and Me type class to get him or her accustomed to the dance studio, class structure, and teacher. (The classes may not be with the same teacher and that is okay.) Once the child is ready for a “big girl or boy” class, it’s important for the parent to be ready and excited for the change. I often see a parent experiencing separation anxiety (maybe unknowingly) and it rubs off on their child. Parents should talk about the class in a fun light-hearted way so excitement about the dance lesson is created. Make it clear to the child that he or she is a big kid and tell them how much fun they are going to have in dance class. This way the child knows ahead of time that Mommy or Daddy won’t be in the room. I’ve found it to be easier for parents to hand the dancer off to the teacher at the door instead of going into the dance studio. It can be even more difficult to leave once your child feels your presence. The young dancer needs to understand that dance class is for big kids and parents are not allowed in the room. Of course, moms and dads should give lots of comfort and love by reassuring that you are right outside the dance studio. Explain you are going to be so proud of them when they do the dance class all by themselves! It can also be a good idea to make some fun plans for after the dance lesson (such as going to the park) as a reward for the child completing the class on their own.

Even if a parent prepares the young dancer, there still might be tears. Don’t worry...this is normal. This does not mean the young dancer doesn’t like the dance class...he or she is just adjusting to the newness of it all. A new room, new teacher, new music and new friends, can be a lot of newness for a little one. This is all normal and something young children need to get use to in preparation for school as well. Please trust us and our experience when getting your little dancer ready.

Brittany White,Dance To EvOLvE Director
www.dancetoevolve.com

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