There are several things that you should consider when choosing a dance class for your children. This article will focus on choosing the right Dance Studio while other articles will discuss choosing the right dance class.
Studio Reputation: Each studio will have its own reputation vision, and feel. You should go to several to see if they provide they type and level of instruction that you are looking for. Read their mission and vision statements to see if they have the same values that you do. There is a wide range in what different studios believe is age appropriate dress and music so make sure that you understand those values and that you are comfortable with the studios values.
Curriculum: Many studios just teach dance classes but don’t provide a structured environment based upon a core curriculum. Without a curriculum you will get whatever the instructor decides to teach where studios that follow a curriculum will be able to assure your child’s progress. Ask to see a copy of the studios curriculum to see what your child will be learning and to assure the best long term growth of your child.
Progress Reports: The best studios will provide progress reports to the parents so that you are informed on how your child is progressing.
Evaluate Classes: It is always a great idea to have your child take a class to see how they interact with other students and their instructors to see if they are a good fit. Each instructor will add their own personality to the curriculum that is being taught. You will want to match up to those that have the best ability to connect with your child.
Progression based on Skill and Not Age: It is also important to find a studio that allows students to progress based upon their individual skill level. Some will hold back students.
Prices: It is true in dance that you get what you pay for. Most studios will be within about 10-15% but the level and quality of instruction provided may vary widely so make sure and do your homework and you will make the right decision for you and your children.