is the starting age for dance class?
We offer classes for 3 years old – adult.
do classes start?
Classes begin in mid September.
long are classes?
Each class is one hour long per
week from September thru June.
Should I send my Child to Dance School?
Many people did not have the opportunity to attend
dance school as children. You are not alone if
you did not have this opportunity as a child.
But you may want this opportunity for your child
without understanding why.
1. Dance is an education
just as any other form of learning.
It should be understood that learning
to dance is part of a person’s education and
not just something to do with kids on
Saturdays or after school. People often
have said to me, “I don’t
expect my child to be a professional
dancer…” No, but that
is no reason to keep a child from studying
dance. After all, a child studies math
with no intention of becoming an accountant.
We all must learn how to add. And we
all need to learn geography without
ever becoming world explorers.
2. Dance training has many benefits
• They learn to be more aware of themselves
• They learn to control their body
• They learn to discipline both mind
• They can withstand pain more easily
• They have better peripheral vision
• They have better posture
• They move more gracefully
• They learn to play sports better
• They learn the importance of team
Dance students are sometimes the most
busy, active students on school campuses
junior, high school and college). They
learn to budget their time because
they know that their school lessons
are important, but so are their dance
lessons. Because of this and the physical
activity involved, dancers tend to
have more stamina. And after all, it
is people with stamina
who win life’s races, battles
and challenges. Students gain an appreciation
for all the arts because dance class
makes the student aware of
music and art.
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to Expect of Different Age Groups
of this age group have all they can
do to learn coordination, because they
are not coordinated at this age. They
are anatomically difficult to coordinate;
their body and head are larger proportionately
to their arms and legs. Their body
is in a reverse triangle to an adult
structure; they are small at the top
and large at the bottom. Their bones
are not all present or solidly formed,
they have little or no experience in
balancing or coordination or putting
facts together. Their center of gravity
is near the chest and not near the
pelvis as an adult. They have little
ability to associate except on a level
fun’, etc. They say very definite
things and they are emotionally not
ready to cope. They exercise little
control – too hot, too cold,
thirsty, tired, hungry, sleepy, etc.
Their concentration span is 5-20 minutes
and they must have play time. They
do try to please if responded to and
they’ll do almost anything
for attention such as crying, throwing
tantrums, etc. They have excellent
imaginations and are
able to create well if guided properly.
Noise is necessary and what appears
to be play is involving principles
and an easier method than strictness.
The total aim of the first year is
to offer the students the beginning
of learning, counting, rhythm (keeping
in time with the music), listening
to the music and noticing the changes
in it, coordination (arms and head
with feet), cooperation with others
(their classmates, their teachers and
their parents), sharing and one’s
own place. Progress may be slow but
be patient they must walk before they
6-9: They now have coordination
and must work for all types of rhythm.
Now they must listen to music. It is
not just important to learn “more” steps,
they must really start to perfect former
technique and learn musical timing and
10 and over: Now we start to fly
with the students and absolute rhythm
is a must. Good timing is essential and
we now demand more speed when necessary
for up-tempo music and the grace and
fluidly control movements when a more
lyrical type of music is used.
These stages are prevalent in tap and
jazz. Excellent technique and a firm
foundation are the keys to a well trained
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Key to Our Students Success
as teachers and you, as parents are
the two groups who have the greatest
impact on our young dancers and clearly,
if we are at odds, it will be the dancers
who will suffer. Our goal is a position
of cooperation. Parents must understand
and endorse our philosophical approach
and direction in the role that dance
training should play in our young dancers’ lives:
• We Emphasize
Fun and Technical Development In
All Classes. (Some parents might
have goals of quick stardom for their
child; a fundamental philosophical
difference which can have a significant
impact on the attitudes and behaviors
of the teachers and on the goals
set by the student).
• We Attempt
To Build A Sound Technical Foundation
In All Students. (Some parents wish
to use dance lessons as a time filler
between sports seasons and other activities;
another philosophical difference which
can have significant impact on the
goals set by the student).
Are Not Here To Teach Students A
Dance; We Are Here To Teach Them
How To Dance. We are foundation builders!
Analogy: If the foundation is built
strong, the buildingwill stand high
and will last and last. If the foundation
is weak, the building will crumble
and fall sooner than later. “Moderation
Is Virtue” but
we temper our approach to motivate
the release of inhibition with a firm
sense of discipline.
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For Dance Class: When you
register for a class adhere to the dress
code and studio rules. Attending dance
classes with the proper attire, hair
style and shoes tells the teacher that
you are ready to participate in that
Arrive On Time: Your dance class is part
of a schedule of many classes at the
studio. Classes are scheduled one after
the other so make sure that the class
before yours has exited before you enter
Leaving Class Early: If you need to leave
a class earlier than dismissal time,
tell your teacher before the class starts.
Missing Class Or Classes: If you become
ill the day of your class, have someone
notify the studio.
Illness In Class: It does happen with
students that they come to class feeling
fine and then in the course of the class
become ill. If this happens, tell the
teacher right away and if absolutely
necessary you may ask to be excused from
Talking In Class: Because time is limited
and valuable, the only talking permitted
is to ask the teacher a question. Teachers
require the undivided attention of all
• Never bring or use a cell phone in
• When going across the floor for combinations,
be ready to go when it is your turn
• Do not
lean on the barres
• Do not chew gum or yawn in class
• Never sit down in class unless directed
by the teacher
• Always address your teacher by Miss
• Always applaud your teacher at the
end of class to show that you enjoyed
the class and as a sign of respect.
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