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 is it really
matter which place you decide to enroll at? Yes. There are four
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
four 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.
At Center Stage Dance LA, our
studio has floating floors in both rooms. Our special floors
help reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance
longer without getting tired.
2. What is the size of
If the dance class has fewer students in it, each child will
receive more personalized attention, learn more and have more
fun. With younger students it is easier for a teacher to
maintain control over the class and make sure each student
understands the concepts and instructions.
At Center Stage Dance LA, our
smaller class sizes ensure that no fundamental concepts are
being missed and that students are not developing bad habits or
improper technique. Our studio limits all of our classes for
students ages 3 to 8 years to a maximum of just 10 students in
our small studio and 12 students in our large studio. With our
Kindermusik classes (infants and toddlers) we limit all of our
classes to a maximum of just 10 students per class.
3. What are the
"extras" required for the year end show?
Most studios put on a year end show in a professional theater.
Students that perform in the show must have a costume for their
dance number. Some studios may even require parents to sew their
child's costumes. This can be inconvenient and frustrating for
parents who are busy or can't sew. Most studios also require
parents to purchase tickets for the recital.
At Center Stage only our
students 4 years and up participate in the recital. We measure
the students and order the costumes so parents do not have to
worry about any costume hassles. Our studio also gives each
parent 2 free tickets for our year-end show. We also schedule a
"recital picture day" in which you are under no obligation to
buy the photos. We try to arrange the recital so that you will
not be faced with any extra work or surprise expenses.
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. Center Stage Dance LA has office staff on
hand during all regular class times, so you can get immediate