You’ve done the legwork and found a studio(s) that offers dance classes at a location that is convenient for you, as well as a schedule that provides variety and growth opportunities for your child.
After deciding which Chicago, Cleveland, or San Diego dance studio fits your and your child’s needs, the next step is choosing what class(es) to enroll your child in.
A lot of parents will ask their child’s current teacher. This is a wonderful way to start as they are a vital resource!
However, if this is your child’s first dance class you may not have that resource to rely on. Many of the questions I’ve often heard parents ask are:
- Should I start solely with ballet classes?
- How will tap dance lessons add to my child’s development?
Is hip-hop appropriate at my child’s age?
- My child is high energy, so will ballet suit them? My child is quiet, so will hip-hop suit them?
All of these are great questions to ask and the answer will depend based upon your child’s age as well as their individual interests.
For tiny tot dance classes (ages 2-5), enrolling them in any dance class will prove to be beneficial for them. It will teach them basic motor skills and instill confidence. It will also help them learn classroom etiquette (listening, waiting their turn, etc.)
I always urge parents to start with ballet. It is an excellent basis for all other dance classes. If possible look into tap dance lessons or a combination class. Here a child can receive both ballet and tap in one dance class.
Once your child gets a little older, they will be able to vocalize where their interests are. Trying something new is a great way to refocus a child who has become bored with a particular dance style. It also gives them opportunities to develop new strengths.
Often the best way to figure out what class your child will like is to dive into a class and get firsthand experience!
Remember that it will take a couple of classes for your child to get used to the structure of the class. Stay with it and try a different teacher if necessary.
Any form of dance will increase confidence, coordination, balance, and flexibility. So get your child up and ready for a Chicago/Cleveland/San Diego dance class!