Brand New to Dance?
If most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers, experience
teaching children and a big recital at the end of the year, aren't
they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter which place you decide
to enroll at? Yes it does.
Here are Five Questions Every Parent Should Ask Before Choosing a Dance Studio.
How do I know I will receive quality instruction?
It's always important to make sure that your child's instructors are qualified.
A "qualified instructor" should be a dance-trained adult with experience
working with children. Dance instructors are not licensed in this country
- anyone can claim to be able to teach your child to dance. Look for someone
who has professional dance training, holds a degree in dance, education
or a related field from an accredited college or university, or is a certified
member of such national organizations. Any of these is a good indication
that the instructor knows what to teach, when to teach it, and how it
should be taught. A good school will follow a carefully designed syllabus
of dance instruction and will provide a healthy learning atmosphere that
will put the well-being of its students first.
What is the school's end of the year performance like?
An end-of-the year performance is important. It gives a dancer valuable
stage experience, as well as the opportunity to use what they've learned
during the year. Dance is, after all, a performing art! The year-end performance
should be designed to complement your child's classroom training, though
- not replace it.
Is the presentation age appropriate?
Music, costuming and choreography should all be reflective of a student's
age and ability level.
What should I look for in a dance facility?
A quality facility will provide a clean, neat and safe environment and
offer amenities such as a comfortable waiting area, observation windows
(for easy viewing of classes) full-length mirrors, sturdy ballet barres,
adequate restrooms, and changing rooms. The single most important thing
you should consider about a facility is the type of floor that is used.
One of the best ways to enjoy dance safely is to select a school with
free-floating sprung floors, which are specially designed to reduce fatigue
and prevent injuries. The surface of the dance floor is also an important
factor. A vinyl-composite "marley" floor is accepted worldwide as the
best surface layer for ballet because of its non-slip feature. A solid
wood surface is seen as the most ideal surface for other disciplines such
as tap and modern dance.
What Can I Expect for Customer Service and Assistance?
A studio that offers good customer service and assistance should have regular
office hours and regular office staff in addition to the faculty teaching
classes. Information about policies, costs, payment options, performance
schedules, etc. should be clear and concise and offered in written format
as well as communicated verbally.
Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater (SNHDT) is committed to providing
our students with dance training in a caring and nurturing environment.
We offer a complete curriculum ranging in classes for the pre-school student
to the pre-professional dancer. Programs of study include our highly successful
Early Childhood Dance Program for students ages 2-6, our Enrichment Program
for recreational dancers and our Intensive Program for serious students.
Our college educated, professional faculty are affiliated with Point Park
University, School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, Boston Conservatory,
Butler University and Regional Dance America to name a few.
Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet, SNHDT's affiliated performing
company, is a member with performing status of Regional Dance America
Northeast, part of a national organization of pre-professional dance companies.