Interested in enrolling your child in ballet? First, you’ll need to choose a dance studio that will emphasize not only proper dance technique, but also, the physical, mental, and emotional health of your child. Keep the following in mind as you seek ballet classes for kids:
Can we take a tour?
Ideally, your prospective studio will allow you to take a tour before you enroll your child in classes. During your tour, you can get a sense not only for the look and feel of the facility but also, how students and teachers interact with one another.
Who are your teachers?
Seek detailed information about any potential teachers. Where were they trained? Where and in what capacity have they performed? Keep in mind that each teacher has unique strengths and weaknesses that may make them better suited for specific types of classes.
What are the class sizes?
Class ratio is critical. With too many students, it can be difficult for teachers to give all dancers the attention they deserve.
How are students placed in a program?
Each studio holds slightly different policies regarding student placement. Some primarily focus on age, while others also take level or experience into consideration. Many studios blend these two approaches. Students may be required to audition before being placed into a specific program.
Will there be recitals?
Recitals allow students to show off what they’ve learned, while also helping them grow more accustomed to the performance experience. Loved ones also appreciate recitals, which allow them to show support for their favorite dancers.
Do you offer any other dance classes?
Some studios focus exclusively on ballet. Others offer a greater range of classes, exploring different styles of teaching methods in the interest of challenging and engaging students.
What opportunities are there for my child?
Many studios offer exciting performance opportunities beyond recitals. The Nutcraker for example, is a highly-anticipated tradition at several top ballet studios. Many studios also host regular showcases throughout the year, including special performances to conclude summer sessions.
Is there a dress code?
Leotards, tights, and ballet slippers are standard in most studios. Not only does this apparel provide a greater range of motion, but it also helps teachers give students the targeted feedback they need. Additionally, ballet dress codes lend students a greater degree of concentration, instantly transforming each practice into a highly focused and productive affair.
Often, studios will offer a more relaxed approach for the youngest students or those taking a class on a strictly recreational basis. Beyond requiring students to wear specific types of apparel, studios may request that dancers tie back long hair — ideally in a bun.
Ballet Arizona offers a range of classes for students of all ages. Contact us today to learn more about our ballet school.