RONYA'S ACADEMY of DANCE
4 Things Every Parent Should Know Before Choosing A Dance School
If most dance schools 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 it really matter at which place you decide to enroll your child? Yes, it does.
There are 4 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction received, the educational value to the student and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program. Here are 4 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance school for their child.
1. What type of dance floor is used?
Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which puts 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 potential injury is by choosing a school 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. Floating floors are far superior to most other types of “normal” flooring (such as concrete, tile, carpet or plain wooden floors) in preventing potential injury and reducing dancer fatigue.
Our floating floor helps keep our students and teachers dancing more safely for longer periods of time.
2. What is the size of the class?
If the dance class has fewer students, 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.
The smaller class sizes allow our teachers to ensure that students are not developing bad habits or improper technique. Our academy limits all of our classes ages 6 and up to a maximum of 10 students per class. For our younger students who need more individualized attention, the class size is even smaller. Classes for ages 2 - 3 are limited to a maximum of 6 students, and our classes for ages 4 - 5 are limited to a maximum of 8 students.
3. How are students placed in classes?
If students are randomly placed in classes just to fill a time-slot or a teacher’s schedule their dance education will most likely suffer. In order for students to receive the highest quality dance education, they should be placed in class with dancers of similar abilities and age. A more advanced student should not be placed with beginning dancers, as they will surely become bored or frustrated. Similarly, a beginning teenage student should not be placed in with the “babies” class even though they are also beginners.
Our academy uses a system involving different ability levels within each dance type to educate our students. The same system of testing ability levels is used to place students in the appropriate classes. Placing students in classes based on age and ability helps to ensure a better dance education.
4. Can I get immediate assistance and customer service?
In many dance schools the teacher or the school owner conducts classes and does all 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 or the school may have no customer service because the teacher is busy in class. To have a good experience it is important to choose a school that can assist you with details like costumes or schedules, even if a teacher is occupied in a class.
Our Academy has office staff on hand during all regular class times, so you may receive immediate assistance.