4 Things Every Parent Should Know Before Choosing A Dance Studio
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.
1. 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 “floating floor”. A floating floor is a dance floor that rests on a system of high-density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping. A high-density foam base is superior to a “sprung” floor, which usually consists of a wood structure built on the regular floor.
The top layer of the dance floor is also an important factor. Our studios top layer is Brazilian Cherry Hardwood. Our special floors help reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired.
2. What is the studio policy on class observation?
Most studios allow parents to observe the dance class on the first week of class in September and once halfway through the 10-month season. When classes are under observation the student and instructor are on their best behavior. Parents don’t see their child’s progress until the year-end recital.
All our classes are viewed on closed circuit televisions. Parents can observe class comfortably every week in our reception area.
There is no guessing about what is going on behind closed doors at our facility. Our classes are more productive because both student and instructor give 100% in every class.
3. What are the “extras” required for the recital show?
Most studios put on a recital in a professional auditorium. 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. Most studios also require a recital performance fee.
Our studio uses our own seamstress to sew and alter the costumes, so parents do not have to worry about any costume hassles. This way you as a parent will not be faced with any extra work or expenses. We do not have a recital performance fee.
4. 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 all regular class times, so you can get immediate assistance.