Aren't most dance studios the same...is there really a difference? Does it matter which studio you decide to enroll in? Yes! and here are five important things that will make a huge difference in the quality of instruction and care your child receives. Combined they also reduce the amount of extra work and stress that parents must deal with, and increase the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program. These five things should be considered by every parent making a decision 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 a regular floor.
2.) What will my child be learning...is a set curriculum used?
- Unlike many studios where instructors teach whatever they personally decide, NSDC has a proven, set curriculum that each student and teacher follows. This curriculum is broken into levels that build upon each other. Each level contains the needed building blocks for success in later levels. These building blocks are a proven method in turning out strong dancers. All teachers adhere to this curriculum and teach the same principles.
3.) What to look for in an instructor?
- Not all instructors are alike! NSDC does not just hire anyone. Special care is taken in our hiring process. Our instructors are some of the most qualified teachers in the industry. Our teachers have Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance Performance, Bachelor of Arts with an Elementary Education, and Masters in Human Development degrees, and or nationally certified as well as vast experience and recognition in their chosen field. Our teachers are also chosen for their ability to relate to the needs of our students.
4.) Can I observe my child's class?
- It is important to support your child by being aware of his or her progress, and it is comforting to know exactly what takes place in the classroom. Some dance studios only allow parents to watch several set times throughout the dance season, and some dance studios do not allow parents to observe class at all. This poses a disadvantage to families by considerably reducing the opportunity for parents to see their child's growth. Additionally, parents pay for the lessons, so they should have the opportunity to see their dancer. Other studios allow parents in the classroom for multiple dance lessons. This classroom traffic can be a distraction to both students and teachers, and, ultimately, reduces the quality of the learning environment. So how can you watch the dance class without disrupting the classroom?
Through the use of our unique viewing windows, we encourage parents to view their child's class. Parents are able to observe their child, the instructor, and other classes all from our viewing areas without interrupting class progress.
5.) Can I get immediate assistance and customer service?
- Many studios 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 any customer service needs...even if a teacher is occupied. Our studio has office staff on hand during all regular class times, so you can get immediate assistance. Additionally, your phone messages will be returned in a timely manner, and emails are responded to within 1 business day.