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There are many things to think about when choosing a dance studio for your child. What do you want your child to gain from their experience? Do you want competition or recreational? Each studio differs in the way they operate their studio. Some provide only competition, some only recreational, while others provide both. Once you have chosen your goal, there are many factors in deciding on a studio.
1. Check out their website. Many dancers have important information about pricing, costumes, schedules, faculty and facility. Compare their website with other studios in your surrounding area.
2. Open House: Many studios have an open house where you can go in and visit their studio. This is a chance for you to check out their teachers, ask questions, and check out their facility. Do they have mirrors, barres, proper flooring? Do they offer a free sample class?
3. Professional Setting: Choose a dance studio with smaller class sizes. Most studios that have smaller class sizes focus on technique. It offers your child the opportunity to receive training on a individual basis. It is imperative that a child receives personal attention in class. Smaller class sizes provide the opportunity for this. Is the studio clean and professional. Are the staff friendly?
4. Teachers: Check sure to make sure the teachers are qualified. Are they continuing their education to stay current? What is their professional experience? Are they certified? Do they have a degree? How long have they been in this profession? Do they have good ballet training? What age do they put their children on pointe? Putting a child on pointe at a young age can damage their feet and ankles. Do the teachers produce good dancers?
5. Flooring: Never choose a studio that uses concrete floors. This can cause injuries and is damaging to your joints. Studios should have wood floors. Raised floors or "marley" floors.
6. Costumes and Fees: Are the fees compatible to the surrounding dance studios in your area? Do they offer family discount? Do they offer discount for paying your fee in advance? Is there a variety of ways you can make payments? Most studios have an annual recital. Check out the prices of their costumes. Are the costumes modest for the age of your child? Each studio should have a layout of what your fees will be for the entire year. Is there a penalty if your child decides to discontinue?
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