With so many benefits, dance is a popular hobby or activity for young’uns to take up. Not only is it popular for the kids themselves, but for the parents too. A fun and social way to use up children’s seemingly everlasting energy, a dance class provides an outlet where children can pick up new skills and interests, as well as friends.
With so many options out there, how do you go about picking the right dance class for your child? We offer you our top tips!
Choose the style
There are so many different styles of dance to choose from, all with different attributes that may or may not appeal to your child, but all beneficial to them in some way. The wide variety of dance classes available to people of all ages can seem a little overwhelming, but they won’t necessarily all click with kids.
With some children, the idea of starting a weekly ballet class will create utter excitement, but for others, the grace, balance and co-ordination of ballet might not match up with them so well. Perhaps something more modern and contemporary would suit your child better?
Here are just a few examples of dance classes you’ll find:
- Tap dancing
- Hip hop
- Modern or contemporary dance
- Folk dancing
- Ballroom dancing
- Swing dancing
- Street dance
- And many, many more!
Don’t feel you have to jump right in at the deep end and go for a dance class you know nothing about. When choosing for your child, it’s easy enough to pick up recommendations from their friends’ parents, or even just parents and teachers you see on the school run.
They might have some good suggestions based on experience, or based on what they think would work well for your child and their personality. That way, you can help to build friendships and bonds for during the school hours and outside of them too. The school may even have some after-hours classes going!
Do your research
It’s good to do your own research too, rather than basing your decision on what other people say. Some children will enjoy very different things to your child, and some classes won’t be as suitable for you either.
You want to find somewhere that works well for you – you will most likely be the designated taxi driver after all. A local class is ideal for the busy lifestyle of a parent, helping you to save on time and travelling.
It’s important that you also look into the quality of the classes or the venue. Are the teachers fully qualified? Is this level of dance suitable for your child? These are just a few things to think about before committing to a specific class.
Think about progression
Another thing you have to think about is the potential of progression in these dance classes for your child. What do you want out of these classes? Are you looking for a simple hobby for your child, or maybe something that could develop into a serious passion and hobby?
Dance classes often offer the chance to take part in performances and competitions, as well as exams where you can achieve certification and reach higher levels of dance. With classes like ballet dancing, this can be a source of motivation and drive for children to prosper and move their skills forward. However, it can be off-putting to those kids who just want to go and have fun.
Make sure you know what exactly what you’re signing up for. The last thing you want is for your child to feel pressured or feel held back by the rest of the class. Dance classes should be an enjoyable experience for everyone.
Try it out
What better way to see if your child will like a class than for them to go and try it out? A lot of dance teachers and dance classes will allow people sitting in on classes, whether you choose to join in or watch from the sidelines. It gives you a chance for a real taster of the session, giving you an idea of what they’re all about.
You want to make sure that there’s something there for your child to make them want to keep coming back! Going in and seeing a class in action gives you a vibe of what to expect, and a chance to meet and speak to the teacher – an important thing to do before making your final decision.
Schedule it in
When it comes to regular dance classes, or any type of hobby for that matter, you need to consider both the child and yourself. Are you able to make it on a weekly basis to drop off and pick up? Is there a way you can arrange a car share with another parent? At the end of the day, it can be a commitment, but it’s a commitment filled with benefits for your child.
Don’t forget to think about costs either. Of course, weekly hobbies and classes can add up and the overall cost is more than just the lesson itself. Think about the outfits and the shoes for example.
Luckily for parents like you, there are affordable places out there where you can get quality dancewear for a reasonable price (hello Dancing Daisy!). Have a browse through our wide selection of dancewear, suitable for all ages and levels of dance.