Why Choose Dance Arts Centre?
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there is no governing body regulating dance education in the u.s.?
In other words, there are no qualifications needed to manage or teach at a dance studio. You must be very careful when deciding on a studio, and selecting the proper training program is one of the most important decisions you will make as your child embarks upon their dance education. We ask that you review and consider the following questions and guidelines as you interview studio owners and directors about their program.
We guarantee that Dance Arts Centre will meet or exceed all of your expectations.
Everyone on staff at DAC has trained extensively in the dance industry and take great pride in our teaching abilities. The child’s development both physically and mentally is of the utmost importance.
have both professional training and performance experience?
This is important to insure that the teachers you trust with your child have the experience and knowledge to properly develop and educate your child in the many spectrums of the dance industry.
Make sure that you do not have kids teaching kids. Many studios will use student teachers as the principal instructor for their 3 year old Pre-Dance classes. That amounts, essentially, to an hour of baby sitting. You still want an experienced teacher, even with a class of beginners and young children, to insure proper training and progression.
for their training?
First and foremost to a proper dance education environment are the floors. Make sure that the floors are raised with adequate spring, not directly on concrete. This will protect the child’s body and prevent many injuries in the future.
All the ballet barres should be smooth and secured to the wall at the proper height. Mirrors should be smooth, clean, and large enough for the dancer to see their entire body from anywhere in the room. All acro equipment should be clean and of the proper quality to protect landings and tumbling movements.
from the youngest dancers to the oldest?
Ask to observe several classes at a studio to see the development that takes place with training. The 3 year olds start their training with a pre-dance program. Then visit a 6 year old class to see how the training progresses. You should observe age-appropriate games and technique instruction that engage and encourage the children to achieve.
By the time you get to the senior level, you should be able to see a tremendous level of accomplishment and achievement by the dancers. If this is not evident, ask the directors to explain how a child will progress if they decide to take dance on a full time basis.
different interests in dance training?
At many studios you have different levels of dance interest. Is your child a committed dancer who wants the full commitment of complete dance training? Is your child interested in taking a hour-long hip-hop, jazz or tap class a week for fun? Make sure that your child’s instructors are just as enthusiastic when teaching the hour-long, single-class-only students as they are when instructing the pre-professional, advanced senior students.
Keep in mind that as a child grows, proper training is vital no matter how many hours they attend class.
of a studio when you walk in the door?
When you walk into a dance studio, there should be a fresh and enthusiastic feel. Watch a class. Observe the kids waiting for the next class. How does the staff treat you? Both you and your child’s instincts should count for a great deal when taking in a first impression of a studio. Remember there are a lot of studios out there and one might be more convenient than another, but convenience should not be the only factor when deciding a place for a child’s dance education.
Do your research and ask a lot of questions. You must feel comfortable with your decision. Ask for your child to attend a class, for free, to see if they enjoy themselves. Talk to the teacher and the director. If you or your child do not feel 100% comfortable with what you see, do not attend the studio.
Here at Dance Arts Centre we do not
audition the kid, the kid auditions us!