What to Look for in Kids Dance Classes
When choosing a kids dance class there are a few things to keep in mind. Other than just looking at the teachers, it is important to also get informed about the studio at which your child will be dancing. We have put together a small list of things which will hopefully get you thinking about the right dance classes for your child.
The first and most important thing to think about, of course, is EXPERIENCED TEACHERS.
When first looking at a kids dance class, it is crucial to ask about the teachers. You want to know who will be handling your child's dancing education and in which ways they can impact your child. Ask about the instructor’s qualifications and what background they have with teaching. Did they take any early development classes? Do they have any type of teaching certification? It’s also good to ask if they have experience dealing with children in critical situations such as possessing a CPR certification that could save a child’s life. At Dance to EvOLvE we focus on hiring teachers who are not only amazing dancers but are also great with children and have a strong background. They also have to take our own Dance to EvOLvE courses every once in a while so that we can make sure our curriculum is unified and enforced. You may also want to think about getting to know their ideas about dance. Even though someone may be a great teacher, it is important that their ideas match up with what you want for your child.
What is their teaching philosophy?
Speaking of teachers ideas about dance, it’s a good idea to get to know the company philosophy. What are their core beliefs and what do they plan to instill in your child? Do they believe in large or small dance class sizes? You want to make sure that whatever they may be, those ideas are going to benefit you kid. Take a look at Dance to EvOLvE’s mission http://www.dancetoevolve.com/san-diego/about-evolve/mission/. Our philosophy is “Your Choice.Our Knowledge. Their Fun!” It’s easy to find and we are held to it! Look for every studios mission statement or philosophy and make sure it’s easy to find!
Research the reputation of the studio and the classes
It never hurts to check out what other people have said about the dance studio you are looking into. Positive feedback is always good reassurement. One question to ask is how long has the dance studio been around and how well established are they? Usually studios with a good number of students shows that they have a solid client base and that the customers are happy with their kids dance class. See what you can find about them on the internet and ask around to find out if any of your friends are familiar with them so your child can participate in the best dance class possible.
How are they about parental involvement?
Something a lot of parents worry about is how open studios are to allowing parental involvement in the dance class? In most studios it just depends on the dancer’s ages. Younger dancers should usually be allowed to have parents in the room but for the older kids it can get loud and distracting when there are parents talking to one another or even talking to their kids during dance class. This can get frustrating so it’s generally better that for older kids, parents stay outside. However, there should be an area to watch the dancers and keep an eye on your kids if you decide to stay for class. Also, try and find dance classes that offer parent involvement once in a while so that you can come into class and actively see what your child is doing. At Dance to EvOLvE, there is a parent observation day where parents can come into class and watch their children learn new things during dance class. Parent’s love to come in and the audience is great for the dancers! Another important thing is communication between teachers and the parents. You as a parent never want to feel left in the dark about what is happening in class so make sure that there is open communication with teachers at the studio and that you can always call and talk to someone about any concerns you may have.
We hope that this guide was helpful to you when looking for kids dance classes. If there are any other suggestions you may have feel free to let us know! We love to hear the comments so that we can provide better help and more support for the rest of you!