Preparing Your Toddler for a Creative Movement Dance Class
If your child has never taken part in one of our creative movement dance classes before – or any type of dance class for that matter – it can certainly be an intimidating (but exciting!) experience. Here are a few things you can do to help prepare your child for their first dance class to make it a fun experience for all.
Discuss with Your Child What to Expect During Dance Class
We understand that sitting down and having a lengthy discussion with a toddler about what to expect during dance class is unrealistic. However, that doesn’t mean you should not discuss dance class with your child.
Just simply mentioning dance class every so often – perhaps while driving in the car or while eating a snack – can help them prepare. It helps familiarize them with the concept of attending class and provides them with an opportunity to ask questions before showing up at the studio.
While discussing what to expect during class, you may want to also emphasize that they will want to listen to the teacher. Many toddlers are not used to having to follow a teacher’s instruction. By discussing it with them before class, you can help prepare them for this aspect of dance class.
Dress Your Child in Comfortable Clothing
Wearing restrictive or uncomfortable clothing can prevent your child from being able to fully take part in their creative movement class. On the first day, and every other day you attend class, make sure your child is wearing comfortable clothing.
Even though it is a dance class, you don’t have to dress your child up in tights, leotards, and a tutu. Your child can simply show up in their favorite pair of shorts and a t-shirt. As long as the clothing doesn’t restrict movement and your child feels comfortable in them, it can be worn for class.
Of course, if your child wants to come to class feeling like a prima ballerina they are welcome to arrive in full dance-wear. Just make sure the dance-wear they are wearing is comfortable and fits them properly.
Shower Your Child with Positive Encouragement
After class, make sure your child knows how well they did in the studio. Positively praising them will help build their confidence. It can also help keep them excited so they wish to attend another creative movement class.
Positive encouragement can be anything from telling your child you noticed they listened to the teacher to highlighting something amazing they did in class such as spinning or jumping.
Practice at Home
Most creative movement dance classes are only once a week. Practicing at home is a great way to keep your child excited about dance class in the time in between classes while also encouraging their expression of creativity. Some ways you can practice at home with your child include:
Turning on music and encouraging them to dance
Incorporating some of the games they played in class
Asking them to show you a jump or turn they did in class
By taking the time to properly prepare your child for their first class with us, they will feel confident as they enter our studio for the first time.
Feel your child is ready to take part in a creative movement class or have additional questions about our class for toddlers? Give us a call at 602-381-0188 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff at The School of Ballet Arizona can help get your child signed up for a dance class or give advice on how to prepare them for their first day of class.