Why did I decide to start my own dance company? One of the reasons is because after working at many dance studios over the years, I disagreed with all of the extra fees involved.
Of course, any type of class has associated costs and therefore fees are necessary. However, some dance studios add unnecessary extras.
This might ask students to wear a specific color of clothing or take multiple classes a week. Additionally, they might request students participate in expensive competitions.
Some of the aforementioned are necessary for an older, advanced dancer. Multiple classes each week help develop a dancer’s body. Meanwhile, extra workshops can be beneficial to a dancer’s training. That said, a dancer can receive high-quality instruction without mounting fees.
It is important for you to decide what your priorities are when taking a dance class. If you are looking for a dance class for recreation, find a studio that doesn’t have a strict dress code. This will save you money on buying dance attire. It also eliminates the pressure to take several classes a week or to attend conventions.
After a higher level of training? Go for a good studio that is not a ‘competition studio.’ Participating in competitions is expensive due to the entry, travel, and costume costs. Competition studios do not always bring quality instruction. My message? Do your research and find the studio that believes in developing their dancers’ technique and artistry.
It is also important to research different dance studios. Check out the companies that offer a free trial class. Be sure to ask if they have an annual registration fee. Also, ask what the recital policy and dress code is and whether there are any other fees. Tip: If they aren’t forthcoming, ask other parents.
If you are looking for affordability, I would also avoid fancy studios. Here high fees are sadly inevitable…
One of the wonderful things about dance is that there is no expensive equipment involved. The only true requirement is an open room. Of course, you want a professionally run company. However, you really don’t need all the ‘bells and whistles’ to have a great dance class.