What to Consider When Choosing a Dance Studio
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 of lot of pressure on the knees and the 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 a recreational and professional dance. Facilities such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England, and Riverdance – the touring show and many other professional dance companies use Marley flooring 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 special floors help reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired.
Who is instructing your child’s class?
It is important that your child is getting instruction from a qualified teacher in order to develop proper fundamentals and avoid injury. The majority of our instructors come to us with a college degree, along with teaching certification from one or more of the following: Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters of America. Our teacher’s assistants are all advanced competitive dancers who are trained at the studio.
What is the size of the class?
A well-planned teacher to student ratio will allow each child to 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 teacher to student ratios insure that no fundamental concepts are being missed and those students are not developing bad habits or improper technique.
Our teacher per student ratios is as follows:
1:6 for Pre-School combination
1:8 for Primary Split Classes
1:10 for Primary
1:15 for Intermediate
What are the “extras” required for the year-end show?
Most studios put on a year-end show in a professional theater. Students that perform in the show must have a costume for their dance number. Some studios may require parents to sew their child’s costume for their dance number. Some studios may require parents to sew their child’s costume and the parents must find their own seamstress to do the sewing. This can be inconvenient and frustrating for parents who are busy or who can’t sew. All of our costumes are packages to include costume (purchased from a professional costume company), tights and any accessories needed. Our studio also has an in-house seamstress for any alterations needed. This service is free of charge to our dancers. This way, you the parent, will not be faced with any extra work or expense.
Can I get immediate assistance and customer service?
In many studios the teacher or studio owner will conduct classes as well as do the administrative aspect of the business. By trying to do two jobs at once, the class may suffer as the teacher has to use class time for customer service. Or, the studio may have no customer service if the teacher is in class. To have a good experience it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with the details like costumes or schedules, even if a teacher is occupied in a class. Our studio has office staff on hand during all regular class so you can get immediate assistance.