5 Things Every Parent Should Know Before Choosing a Dance Studio

Since most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers who are experienced with teaching children, and a big recital at the end of the year, aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter which school you decide to enroll at? Absolutely. In this article we’ll discuss the main things to look for when choosing a dance studio. There are five important factors that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives. By considering these five basic guidelines, you will be able to choose a dance studio that will give you and your child a satisfying and enjoyable experience.

1 What type of dance floor is used?

The best way to practice a safe physical activity is by choosing a studio with a professional “floating floor.” A floating floor rests on a system of high-density foam to absorb the shock of jumping. The top layer is a vinyl composite “Marley” floor, which is recognized worldwide as the best surface layer for dancers. A high-density foam base is superior to a sprung floor, which usually consists of a wood structure built on top of the regular floor. Very few studios use these floors due to the expense, but Studio B has professional floating floors in all three spacious dance studios.

2 What is the size of the class?

If the dance class has a limited number of students in it, each child will receive more personal attention, learn more, and have more fun. With smaller classes, teachers can closely supervise the class, carefully explain the concepts and instructions, and make certain that students are developing good habits and proper technique. At Studio B, we limit all of our classes to a maximum of just fourteen students. Our pre-ballet for ages 2 and 3 is limited to only twelve. With teachers focused on individual student skills, no fundamental concepts are being missed. All of our classes are taught by professional instructors; many classes have assistant teachers.

3 What type of music is used in class?

Many studios employ current popular music that students hear on the radio. Dancing to only “popular” music in class does not give your child exposure to a variety of music experiences. Our philosophy is to select age-appropriate music to engage the child’s creative spirit and to offer a large range of musical genres. Our wide range of music (both vocal and instrumental) encourages dancers to express themselves through the art of dance and to learn how to count music rather than just dance to specific lyrics.

4 How much class time is spent on recital dances?

Many studios have classes in which students spend most of the year learning two or more recital dances. This practice consumes most of the child’s class time and they end the year lacking important dance skills, vocabulary and technique. Although we take great pride in our ninety minute creative themed performances, we do not put a great deal of emphasis on learning dance steps for the sole purpose of a recital; nor do we make it mandatory that any child participates in the show. Studio B’s well balanced program combines learning choreography and recital dances while developing strong technique and improving coordination and locomotive skills.

5 Can I get immediate assistance and customer service?

In many studios, the teacher or the studio owner conducts class and does the administration. The class may suffer if the teacher is trying to do two jobs at once, such as using class time for customer service issues. To have a good dance experience, it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with details like costumes or schedules, even when a teacher’s occupied in class. Studio B’s knowledgeable office staff is on hand during all class times so that you can receive immediate attention.