If most studios seem to have a qualified, friendly instructors, experience teaching children and a big show at the end of the year, aren't they all pretty much the same? It's so conveniently close to our house! Does it really matter which place you decide to enroll at? YES!
Dance is a part of your child's education. You would not sacrifice your child's math, reading or science classes. So why sacrifice your child's dance education? Dance deals with your child's body during critical years of growth and development. Unfit teachers and poor training can cause lasting physical damage. While with correct training, your child can grow to be a strong and graceful dancer. A school's emotional atmosphere can also affect your child's self-esteem and happiness.
Proper training in a stable atmosphere creates discipline confidence and a sense of body awareness. Students can train for years at another dance school, and gain little knowledge or ability because of poor training.
QUESTIONS TO ASK:
Does the faculty consist of people who have been trained to teach or who have extensive teaching experience? Do they use students as teachers? Do they have performing opportunities beyond the end of the year recital?
Is the school affiliated with a professional dance company or professional opportunities outside of the dance school? Has the school produced any professional dancers? With Whom are they dancing with now?