4 THINGS EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW BEFORE CHOOSING A DANCE STUDIO

If most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers, experience teaching children and a big show 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. There are 4 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles the parents must deal with and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program. Here are 4 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child.

1. WHAT TYPE OF DANCE FLOOR IS USED?
Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints. Most dance footwear does not provide any cushioning or support, so the shock of dance movement can place a lot of pressure on the knees and back of a dancer. The best way to prevent against potential injury is by choosing a studio with a professional "floating floor". A floating floor is a dance floor that rests on a system of high-density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping. A high-density foam base is superior to a "sprung" floor, which usually consists of a wood structure built on the regular floor. The top layer of the dance floor is also an important factor. A vinyl composite "marley" floor is accepted worldwide as the best surface layer for recreational to professional dance. Facilities such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England, and Riverdance - The Touring Show, all use marley floors as their dance surface. A marley floor allows dancers to slide, with a degree of "controlled slip", but is not slippery so there is less risk of slips and falls. Very few studios use professional marley floors because of the expense involved, and usually opt for a regular floor tile for a studio floor. Our dance studios have floating floors that have high density foam blocks under the floor surface and a marley top surface. Our special floors help reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired. Our Black Box Theater is equipped with a floating floor and a wood floor surface. Most of our acting and music group lesson take place here, as well as some dance classes and small studio performances.

2. WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE CLASS?
If the dance class has fewer students in it each child will receive more personalized attention, learn more and have more fun. With younger students it is easier for a teacher to maintain control over the class and make sure each student understands the concepts and instructions. Our smaller class sizes make sure that no fundamental concepts are being missed. A smaller class size also allows our teachers to ensure that students are not developing bad habits or improper technique. Our studio limits all of our classes (ages 5 and up) to a maximum of just 12 students per class. With our pre-school dance classes (ages 3 - 4) we limit all of our classes to a maximum of just 8 students per class.

3. CAN I GET IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE AND CUSTOMER SERVICE?
Due to the Covid-19 situation we have limited staff in the building. All administrative questions will be answered by calling 540-785-6772. If we are unable to answer your phone call we will get back with you within 24 -48 hours depending on weekends or Holidays. For your convenience we have a secure online enrollment and parent portal in which you can update payment information at any time.

4. Our Commitment to COVID-19 Precautions:
Following CDC guidelines, we have intensified our health and safety procedures to ensure a safe environment.

Temperatures: Neither children, parents or staff will be permitted in the building with a temperature of 100.4 or higher. We ask all families to be responsible and keep the child home if they are not feeling well and run a temperature higher then 100.4.

Limiting Building Access: To maintain social distancing, we have all parents check in at the door and wait outside. If space is available in the lobby they must observe social distance at all times. Older students can enter alone and parents will pick them up after their class has ended.

Masks:We ask all that enter the building to wear their masks. Children can take them off while they are exercising.

Cleaning and Sanitizing: We sanitize the rooms between classes, including all surfaces including ballet barres and door handles. We practice hand washing and ask children to periodically wash their hands as well.

 

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