Red Flags When Looking for a Dance Studio!!!!
When I was young I remember my mother taking me to my very first ballet class. It was magical! I loved everything about it the pink tights, the hair in a pretty bun, the warm smiles that I got from the dance teacher...even when I was going the wrong direction! It was that wonderful experience that set me on a path to becoming a performing artist, teacher & now owner of the Turning Pointe Music & Dance Center in Cornelius. During my years teaching, I have noticed that there are some definite red flags that you should consider when picking out a dance studio for your child.
Red Flag #1: The studio does not consider dance education its primary goal. Beware of studios that do not offer quality dance education. You are paying a lot of money for your child to learn an art that is developed over many years. Your teachers should be knowledgeable in anatomy, physiology, dance terminology & age appropriateness in the development of technique.
Red Flag #2: The studio teaches drilling or tricks over proper technique. A studio with a good dance program spends the majority of the time developing proper technique & biomechanics for movement. In general, a well-balanced class should never spend ½ or more of the class on choreography. Also, a class that drills the same movements every single class is not concerned with developing technique.
Red Flag #3: The studio allows girls on pointe with less than 3 hours of ballet per week and without a pointe readiness assessment. Pointe is for an advanced ballet student. Students taking less than 3 hours of ballet are not ready for the physical demands that a study in pointe requires. In addition, any studio that allows a child on pointe without assessing whether they are physically ready?puts a child in danger of injury.
Reg Flag #4: The teacher's class looks out of control and disorganized. There are many reasons this can occur but in general if a class looks disorganized your child is not getting the proper attention that they deserve.
Red Flag #5: The studio environment and teaching style emphasizes yelling over correcting. This is probably the biggest red flag to me. There is nothing more demoralizing than a teacher yelling at kids. This sort of behavior not only reflects poorly upon the studio but in the long term will destroy a child?s sense of worth. There are very few students who go on to dance professionally but all students should develop a love of dance.
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