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GETTING READY TO DANCE
(For students ages 3-8)
We believe it is important to teach parents about
dance, as well as the students, so together we can make the dance experience a
positive and exciting one for your child. The following are a few facts and a
few rules new dancers should know.
1. How to wear ballet slippers
Unlike regular shoes, a correct fit for ballet slippers means the shoe fits
like a "glove". Because adults are finished growing, an adult
dancer would purchase a streamline fit for ballet slippers with little or not
space in the shoe. Since young dancers are still growing everyday, a
streamline fit is not always practical or the slippers would not fit for more
than a few lessons. Since most parents want to get a season's use out of
the slipper, you may wish to purchase them with a little room to grow, but do
not purchase slippers with too much space at the tow or heel. A young
dancer needs to manipulate her feet readily in the ballet slipper without
slipping or having excess space making pointing the foot difficult. Select
a shoe with just a little extra room for growth. The slipper will stretch
to allow some additional growth. Often, parents feel it's time to purchase
new shoes, just as the toes reach the boundaries of the foot - but the slippers
are just beginning to fit correctly! You need to purchase a new pair only
when the slipper is so tight that the toes can not lay flat and square on the
floor. The soft leather will stretch and mold to the shape of the foot as
your child wears the slipper.
To wear ballet shoes properly, you must pull the drawstring carefully so it
only takes up gaps in the width of the shoe. Do not pull this drawstring
tightly or the back of the shoe will cut into the sensitive Achilles
tendon causing pain and discomfort. Once pulled, it is almost impossible
to loosen a ballet slipper's drawstring. (This is why you can not purchase
shoes too large and use the method of pulling the drawstring tightly to
"make them fit.") When properly fit, knot the strings, tie into
a bow, then cut off excess string. When you put on ballet slippers, tuck
these bows into the front of the shoe. The bows are not designed for
looks, but for a functioning fit system. Tucking in the bows allows for a
professional stream line look, and for young dancers it assures class time will
be spent dancing rather than tying bows time and again!
2. The Proper Dress For Dance
Dancewear is designed to allow a student freedom of movement while allowing a
teacher to see the lines and musculature of the body. For these reasons,
simple styles work best, however, we also understand that each child has a
unique personality and this is often displayed through the choice of
clothes. We ask you to choose your dancewear keepign in mind the ultimate
goal of the dance lesson: maximum freedom of movement with nothing
distracting! You may wear any style of dance wear in the classes for
children 3 - 7, but choose with an eye towards simplicity. Please wear
tights. For modesty sake, and for comfort in every activity, a dancers
legs must be covered. If your child does not like tights, consider a
unitard or leggings. Do not wear underwear under dance clothes.
For a streamline look, and ease of movement dance wear is designed to be worn
Do not wear costumes to class. It distracts other dancers, and confines
certain floor exercises. Traditional dance wear only!
3. Follow the Dance Class Rules
- Try to be on time
Children feel uncomfortable and will not participate well when arriving
late. Each class is designed with a set pre-warm-up and exercises
which graduate to more challenging work. When you miss the beginning
of class, your child's dance experience lacks continuity and sets bad habits
for future training. Learning to dance is learning self discipline and
self control and this begins with arriving to class on time and being
prepared for the lesson.
- No parents are allowed in the studio
so please do not ask to come in to watch. Even if you feel your child is
anxious and does better with you near, understand that your presence will
distract your child as well as all of the other children. Be
considerate of all the students and stay out of the studio space. It
will only take a lesson or two for your child to discover the joy of dance,
and if she learns from the first day on that the studio is for "dancers
only" she will quickly understand customary dance classroom
etiquette. Siblings should stay in the lobby at all times.
- Never open the door or interrupt a class to correct your child, or give
her "pointers". Trust that we will correct her as is
- Do not allow children in the studio unattended.
If you come early for class, and the room is empty, please do not allow your
children to go into the room to "play". It is important we
send the message that every moment in the studio is spent on movement
education. When children play in the studio they get confused messages
regarding proper studio behavior and what the materials are for. Never
allow your child to touch the materials without a teacher's
supervision. The things we dance with are not toys, but important
movement education materials and must be treated as such.
AND REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING:
- Try to be on time
Children feel uncomfortable and will not participate well when arriving late.
Each class is designed with a set pre-warm-up and exercises which graduate to
more challenging work. When you miss the beginning of class, your child's
dance experience lacks continuity and sets bad habits for future training.
Learning to dance is learning self discipline and self control and this begins
with arriving to class on time and being prepared for the lesson.
Read the information
sent home. The more you know about the studio activities, the more you can get
out of dance!
HOW WE SHARE DANCE WITH YOUR CHILD.
Dance education is a creative adventure in self expression!
As a parent, you provide dance
education for your child hoping to give them an experience which will enrich
their lives on several levels.
- You want your child
to develop coordination, grace and physical fitness.
- You want your child
to stimulate his/her creative side and develop self expression.
- You want him/her to
build self esteem and confidence and to feel at home in her body o growing up
- You want your child
to develop a life long appreciation for music, dance and the arts.
- And most
importantly, you want your child to be engaged in an activity which is healthy
and VERY, VERY FUN!
......and the goal of our
classes is to provide you with all of this and more!
Our classes are designed
to make youth dance a very special experience. Care is given to every detail,
from the manner we address your children to the creativity of the program and
learning to love dance at the same time!
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