Dance Classes for Kids

There are many things to consider when your child says they want to take dance classes. Here are our Top 10 things to think about!

  1. Your Child’s Age – many dance schools have programs for kids as young as 2 and go all the way up to “mature adult”! Check with your local dance studio to find out if age matters.
  2. Your Child’s Interest – there are so many genres of dance it may be hard to wrap your head around it. Some of the more popular classes would be: ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical/contemporary to name a few.
  3. Class Times – you will want to make sure to choose a school that can work in with your schedule. For pre-schoolers, many studios have classes in the mornings (before lunch and nap-time) for school-aged children most classes would be in the evenings.
  4. Other Options – once you find a studio you like, you may be surprised to find out all the other classes they offer. For instance, many dance studios will also have: acting, singing, gymnastics/tumbling and more!
  5. Special Needs – does your child have special needs? Many dance studios offer specialty classes for kids who may have cognitive, physical and/or developmental disabilities. Make sure there is a certified instructor who specializes so that your child is well-looked after.
  6. Commitment – find out if the studio has a minimum commitment for things like camps, performances, travel, etc. This can impact both time and money. If the studio you’re visiting is a competitive dance studio and you’re not ready for that sort of commitment yet, then you can look to another studio to satisfy your needs. Many local recreation programs offer a taste of the dance life without the full-on commitment.
  7. Environment – be sure to schedule a tour  with the studio when it’s busy to see what the environment is like. Also, many dance studios will offer a free class. Take advantage to see how your child reacts.
  8. Location – when you’re starting out, you may want to find a dance studio that gives classes and lessons close to your home. Once your child has decided this is the activity for them, you can branch out to find a dance studio that specializes in one particular style of dance over another.
  9. Duration – make sure you know upfront how the classes run. For instance, many dance schools will run similar to the school year schedule. They may have “terms” for 8 to 9 weeks, or some may be floating year-round calendars. You want to be sure that you’re not committing to something during family vacation times!
  10. Fun – as with all extra-curricular activities like dance, music, singing and art – you want to make sure it’s a fun experience for your child. And who knows? You may even enroll in classes before they’re done!