How to pick the right kids’ dance classes
Is your child yearning for an after school activity? Why not consider dance classes for them? Dancing lessons have a bevy of benefits, from getting them active, to socialisation, to making new friends, to even improving co-ordination.
Check out these tips to nut out the best style of dance for your child, along with how to pick their ideal dance class.
Choose the style
Do you have a budding ballerina, a singing/dancing dynamo or perhaps a bouncing B-boy on your hands? There are many styles of dance classes and lessons to help you choose the best style of movement to suit your child’s happy feet.
Research the difference dancing styles that your little one may be interested in, and have a chat with them about what type of dance they would prefer. Check out the range of dance classes available on Kidspot’s directory to get their lessons (and dancing accessories) sorted in a snap!
Kids dance classes and lessons include:
- Tap dancing
- Hip Hop/ Break dancing
- World dance
- Folk dancing
- Ballroom dancing
- Swing dancing
- Musical theatre
- And many more
Your best tool for gathering honest information about the right dance class is actually other parents. Ask around whose children are taking dance classes, and if they’d recommend yours did the same. Kidspot Social is a brilliant way to get honest feedback from other mums about what style of dancing and which dance studio works best for their child.
Finding the right dance studio
When you’ve narrowed down the list of dance styles, check out a few different studios. Make sure you do this without your little one, just in case they fall in love – but you feel the studio isn’t up to scratch. Do a bit of snooping – does it have clean bathrooms? Is it safe? Do the dance instructors seem qualified and have a good teaching nature? If the dance studio is to your liking, organise for your child to sit in on a class (you can often do this at no charge) to see if they really like it.
Travel is also a factor when it comes to dance – you need to weigh up whether the local dance classes are just right, or you’d prefer your child to learn at the reputed dance studio two suburbs away.
Assess carefully how much time the dance classes may take from both their (and your) schedules. Will there be enough time for your little one’s study and play? Do they want to take up more than one dance lesson a week? Dance training can be quite a commitment, and can require performances. Talk this all over with your child – they may prefer to choose a less intensive style of dancing that requires less time for both of you.
Adding up costs
Any after school can add up in cost quickly, so its important to get an idea of the overall cost of your child’s dance class from the get to. Ask your chosen dance instructor for an outline of the cost of classes, how many performances they will do (if any), if you need to pay money for costumes, and the average cost of equipment. Factor in the price of to-ing and fro-ing in petrol, and it should give you an overall of the cost of the particular class. Don’t be afraid to look around for a similar class that uses less costuming or equipment if the price is too high.