7 Things to Look for When Choosing a Dance Studio
- Friendliness of Teachers
These are the people that will be teaching your child. Did they make sure to meet each child and learn their name? Your child should be in an environment where they feel comfortable, special, and cared for.
At 24/7 Dance Studio, our staff is trained in making sure they teach, use and instill our 5 values: Passion, Technique, Structured Fun, Inspiration and Self-Confidence.
- Qualification of Teachers
Do the teachers have adequate dance experience? Dance, especially ballet, is something that most teachers will have started training in when they were children. Teachers should have years of training and performance experience. They should also continue their education by attending conferences, seminars, and shows.
24/7 Dance Studio staff have done extensive training both in studios and in college and most of our staff has worked professionally in the industry. We offer and encourage our staff further training each and every year. You can read our staff bios on our website.
Children are healthiest when they are allowed to just be children. A studio that focuses on health and technique does not need to have compromising moves or costumes. Also, a studio should not introduce your child to mature music with questionable lyrics.
At 24/7 Dance Studio, we pride ourselves in offering 4 recitals, 2 of which are devoted to young children. Our goal is to provide quality dances to music with clean song lyrics with tasteful costuming. Our classes are taught using a very structured syllabus geared towards age appropriate movement.
As with any physical activity, there is a risk for injury. But a good dance studio will take great efforts to reduce the risks. A reputable dance studio will have a specially constructed dance floor. Dancing on concrete can send shock through a dancer’s ankles and knees, potentially creating injuries. A good dance floor will be “sprung” – have cushion – on the bottom, and a special vinyl mat – often called “marley” – on the top. If a studio spent time and money in making sure you have a safe area to practice, you can bet that they’ll watch out for your safety during class too.
24/7 Dance Studio boasts 5 beautiful studios, each with professional dance flooring. 3 of our rooms have marley dance floors and we have 2 rooms with floating wood floors. If a child is injured, parents are notified and staff will follow up with the family the next day. All staff are CPR and First Aid certified.
- Class Placement
Being placed in the proper class is very important for maximum growth. Children should be in a class where they are challenged to grow and learn, but not feel over their head. Often times in dance classes, this will mean placing students by experience and ability rather than based solely on age. This is a great time for your child to make friends of different ages. Sometimes a teacher will move a child to a new class they feel the child will do better in. This is a responsible thing for a teacher to do, because they should want your child to have the best dance class experience possible.
At 24/7 Dance Studio, we follow a rigid syllabus based on each specific genre of dance and by age. Students and their families will receive a mid-year progress reports and end of the year evaluations which will show the techniques they have mastered for their current level and what they are still working on. Most students remain in the same level for 2 years before moving on.
- Class Size
Having crowded dance classes is less than ideal for several reasons. First of all, there should be enough room in the studio for students to stretch and move in a group without worrying about bumping into each other. Secondly, there should be a reasonable amount of students in the class so that your child gets adequate attention from the teacher. Several things in dance classes are done by taking turns, so you want to be sure the class is not so full that they hardly get their turn.
24/7 Dance Studio bases the size of classes on the age of students and the size of the room for our older students. Class sizes are designed to give your child the most benefit from their classes.
- The Overall Feeling
Are students and parents happy at the studio? Is the staff pleasant? Is the studio well-kept and cared for? These are all signs that you are at the right studio. A studio should be a safe environment for children to learn and grow.
Here at 24/7 Dance Studio, we pride ourselves on being a large dance family. Our testimonials prove our families feel this way as well. We are proud of the cleanliness of our studio, the high tech benefits we have, the $11K in scholarships we provide and the very special programs we offer that foster good character, respect, bully awareness and positive reinforcement. We are honored that our families choose to be a part of our dance family.
We hope you can see the reasons why we have been voted the FNP’s Best of the Best 3 years in a row and Frederick Magazine’s Best of Frederick. We hope that you too become part of our dance family.
- When a student misses class, it really retracts from the sequential learning that happens week after week. When they return to class, they’re uncertain. Their confidence isn’t as strong as it was. Try to have your child attend every week (unless they are sick) because it ensures that the student gets a progression of learning that’s best for them.
- Dancing is a highly physical activity, and kids who take dance lessons regularly should expect to see a significant improvement in their overall physical health. Regular dance practice can increase your child’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina. The repetitive movements involved in dance can improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, increase balance and coordination and improve overall cardiovascular health. Dancing is an aerobic form of exercise. For children who are overweight, it can potentially help them to lose weightand improve their eating habits
- Researchers have found a positive association between arts participation and a number of desirable academic and social outcomes, such as school grades, test scores, enrollment in post-secondary education, attainment of a bachelor’s degree, and higher levels of literacy and civic engagement. Notably, despite inequities in arts participation, the favorable outcomes associated with high levels of arts participation are particularly strong for students from families with social and/or economic disadvantage. – Child Trends
- Drama can improve skills and academic performance in children and youth with learning disabilities. AATE
- Students involved in drama performance scored an average of 65.5 points higher on the verbal component and 35.5 points higher in the math component of the SAT. – AATE
- Preschool Parents: From the beginning, we focus on your child’s coordination, listening skills, musical awareness, and developing imagination.
- Parents and teachers may look at a child’s learning from different perspectives. However, we believe they share a common goal: to ensure that every child receives the best possible training, both physically and mentally
- My child is starting high school: Perfect! Then they’re ready to be challenged and shift their technique to another level. It’s really important for children to continue to develop their skills and have strong hobbies and passions once they begin high school. It tends to keep them on track and focused on what’s important.
- We’re too busy: It is amazing how many activities kids do these days and we understand how important it is to prioritize how they spend their time. By having them in the performing arts, they will develop greater self-esteem, healthier bodies and a love for the arts.
- Things are tight financially: We offer a monthly payment plan to help budget classes into a family budget. We also offer a fundraising opportunity to help with the cost of costumes.
- They want to try other activities: This is natural. We love to see the progression that students make year after year when they stick with the performing arts and it would be a shame for them to stop their progression. We love to see our students continue to develop!
- They don’t like the competitive side: Luckily, 24/7 has classes for both the recreational dancer as well as those who want to compete. The choice is yours!