A little dancer’s very first dance lesson is super exciting! This is when the young dancer gets to start having some independence.
Although it may be a little daunting to the dancer, it is in the best interest of a child’s development. Parents can help by getting their dancers ready for this transition.
Is your dancer is not yet old enough for a ‘big girl or boy’ class? Register them for a ‘Mommy and Me’ type class. This will introduce them to the dance studio, class structure, and teacher.
Once the child is ready for a ‘big girl or boy’ class, it’s important for the parent to be ready and excited for the change. I often see a parent experiencing separation anxiety and it rubs off on their child.
Parents should talk about the class in a fun light-hearted way. Make it clear to the child how much fun they are going to have in dance class. I’ve found it to be easier for parents to hand the dancer off to the teacher at the door instead of going into the dance studio.
The young dancer needs to understand that dance class is for big kids and parents are not allowed in the room. Of course, moms and dads should give lots of comfort and love by reassuring them that you are right outside the dance studio.
It can also be a good idea to make some fun plans for after the dance lesson as a reward for completing the class on their own.
Even if a parent prepares the young dancer, there still might be tears. Don’t worry… this is normal. A new room, new teacher, new music and new friends, can be a lot of newness for a little one. This is to be expected.
Bottom line? Please trust us and our experience when getting your little dancer ready.
Brittany White, Director, Dance To EvOLvE