4 Things Every Parent Should Know Before Choosing a Dance Studio
If most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers, experience teaching children, and a big show at the end of the year, aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter which place you decide to enroll at? Yes. There are 4 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles the parents must deal with, and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program. Here are 4 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child.
- What type of dance floor is used?
Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints. Most dance footwear does not provide any cushioning or support, so the shock of dance movement can place a lot of pressure on the knees and back of a dancer. The best way to prevent against potential injury is by choosing a studio with a professional “floating floor.” A floating floor is a dance floor that rests on a system of high-density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping. A high-density foam base is superior to a “sprung” floor, which usually consists of a wood structure built on the regular floor.
The top layer of the dance floor is also an important factor. A vinyl composite “Marley” floor is accepted worldwide as the best surface layer for recreational to professional dance. Facilities such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England, and Riverdance-the Touring Show, all use Marley floors as their dance surface. A Marley floor allows dancers to slide, with a degree of “controlled slip”, but is not slippery so there is less risk of slips and falls. Very few studios use professional Marley floors because of the expense involved, and usually opt for a regular floor covered with parquet wood or tile for a studio floor.
All of our studio locations have floating floors that have high density foam blocks under the floor surface and a Marley top surface. Our special floors help reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired.
- Can I get immediate assistance and customer service?
In many studios the teacher or the studio owner conducts classes and does the administration. By trying to do two jobs at once, the class may suffer, as the teacher has to use class time for customer service issues, or the studio may have no customer service available if the teacher is in a class. To have a good experience, it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with details like costumes or schedules, even if a teacher is occupied in a class. Our studios have office staff on hand during all regular class times, so you can get immediate assistance.
- Is there consistent quality in every dance class?
In order for a student to receive the full benefit of his/her dance class, a solid dance foundation based on proper technique and stage performances must be consistent throughout the school. Definitive class levels must be established so that each student may progress with ease and confidence.
O.D.A.’s mission statement is “To provide students of all ages with the skill they need to ENJOY dance for a lifetime.” O.D.A accomplishes this by providing professional and highly motivated teachers who students can relate to and who make learning Fun! O.D.A was voted “Best of Awards for Outstanding Dance Teachers in San Diego County.” O.D.A. teachers are familiar with their class syllabus and what they need to cover the school year in order for their students to progress. Students enjoy this consistent quality and look forward to their annual progress report because they are praised for their accomplishments and motivated to work on their dance challenges.
- Is this dance school conveniently located?
As we all know, time is very precious – most especially for a family juggling work, school, and extra curriculum activities. A school conveniently located can help save on time and reduce stress.