3 Things all Parents Should Know Before Choosing a Dance Studio
If all dance studios in the area seem to have friendly teachers, experience teaching children and a big performance at the end of the year, aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter which school you decide to choose? Yes, it does! There are 3 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction that your child receives.
1. EDUCATION OR COMPETITION?
It is important to ask the question of a studio, isyour emphasis on education or competition? Dance originated as an art form, andwhen dance schools compete for trophies and “places” then it becomes a sport. Our dancers’ classical training is showcased in performances for the community as artistic entertainment. This allows our students to gain confidence through personal and physical growth. At our school, competitions do not define our students as “winners or losers”. Our dancers are equipped with the technique and knowledge to continue their study of dance at a higher educational level if they so choose.
2. WHAT TYPE OF PERFORMANCE DO YOU HAVE AT THE END OF THE YEAR?
Is the emphasis of the recital the technique that has been taught over the year or is it a dance that has been practiced for the entire year? We don’t start our recital dances until the beginning of February, with an emphasis on technique throughout the year. We choose tasteful and age appropriate costumes and choreography for all of our dancers. We want parents to feel comfortable and proud of what their children are presenting on stage. We feel the focus of the performance should reflect what the students have learned throughout the year.
3. WHAT ARE YOUR TEACHERS’ QUALIFICATIONS?
It is important to ask what training and background the instructors at the studio have. Dance instructors should have either a college degree or pursuing one and/or professional experience. All of our instructors at the Ashburn Academy of Dance either have a college degree and/or professional experience.