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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!