We are very excited to get things going around here! All the planning and new ideas are
getting into place. As we have been planning, we have also been deep diving into our intentions
and the culture we want at the studio. That lead to you guys! While thinking about what we
offer to the community, we figured why not share what we think parents/guardians should
consider when picking a dance studio. This is the time of year where you are all thinking about
school starting back and that means the after school activities as well.
So here are my thoughts:
- Time/location – This is more for your convenience. Make sure the distance is in your
range and the class you are looking for is at a time you are available.
- Safety – This is always a huge thing when you are picking a studio. Not only are we
talking about safety inside the building but also safety in other ways. There’s safety
when it comes to injury prevention, is the studio making it a safe place for your child to
express their feelings, do you feel safe leaving your child at the studio for class if you
need to run somewhere quickly. Now, some of these you won’t be able to figure out
right away, but it’s a good thing to think about.
- Communication – How does the studio communicate with their families/students? This
is a hard one to truly figure out until you’re into the year.
- Competition or Performing Art Studio – There are 2 types of studios. Some do
competitions where dancers learn dances in the Summer or Fall and go to different
competitions in the Spring. Performing arts studios usually perform at festivals or do
community shows. Now depending on the age of your child most likely they aren’t going
to be doing either one of these when you start dance unless you are looking for that
specific thing when moving studios. However, it is something to think about. The way
the studios teach their classes is ultimately getting them ready for that studios company
or competition team.
- Good vibes – Most of us use our gut feeling to decide many things in life. This is one of
those moments to trust your gut. Go into the studio or studios you’re looking at and
meet the teacher and owner/owners. See if you get a good vibe from them. Most of us
can tell if someone is being genuine. See if the studio is doing an open house or if the
year has already started ask to take a tour and/or do a trial class. This will let your child
judge if they like the adults there. It will also help you to feel comfortable there as well.
Ultimately it comes down to “What does your child need at the moment?” and “Do these
people at the studio care about you and your child?”.
I hope this helps you find the right place for you and your dancer. Obviously, these are my
opinions but if you have other things you look for as a parent/guardian I’d love to hear them!
Send us an email and let us know what you think.
Have a wonderful week,