The past few years, you might have noticed dance studios popping up on every corner! While this can be an exciting thing for the dance industry, it can also be hard to know which one to choose for your child. Unfortunately, there are no specific qualifications or criteria that a person must meet before they say, "I think I'll open a dance studio!" Before you settle on the first studio you see in town, there are some things you should consider first. At the end of the day, you're paying a lot of money and the most important aspect is your child's dance education, combined with strong studio values and a positive environment.
To make this a little bit easier for you, I've put together a list of things you can check out to help you decide which studio(s) you're most interested in pursuing further:
STUDIO OWNER QUALIFICATIONS
One of the most important factors to consider is the dance studio owner. Check out their bio on their website, looking for some specific experience, certifications or qualifications:
- Did they dance past high school? (Collegiate, professional company, pro team, dance degree, etc.)
- Did they formerly work in a studio or gain hands-on experience elsewhere?
- Are they familiar with teaching, choreography and working with kids?
If a studio owner does not have all or most of these, it is highly questionable as to whether or not they can offer your child what they need. A good studio owner is able to train almost anyone to be successful teachers, so their own experience is crucial to their studio's success.
WORD OF MOUTH REFERRALS
Sometimes the best decision is the easiest one...where do your friends' kids go? Not only should you ask them WHERE they go, but also WHY they love it. This will give you some clarity when narrowing down you decision.
When visiting their website, learning about the owner, and getting referrals, do you get a sense that they specialize in any certain area? For example, if you are looking for classical, technical ballet training that will take your child to a high level of ballet, Wise Ballet and Music Academy in Decatur might be a great fit. If you're looking for a fun, one-of-a-kind approach to many styles, that's us!
COST VS. VALUE
Depending on what you're looking for, which place do you feel can give you the most well-rounded dance experience...the most bang for your buck? Does the amount you pay per year equal the training, events, and overall value you receive?
As I said before, the dance training is most important, but without additional elements of fun and excitement to support that training, dancers sometimes become bored quickly. See if your top choices offer a free trial class of some sort so you can get into the studio and familiar with their staff and teaching methods.
OTHER POSSIBLE QUESTIONS TO ASK/RESEARCH:
- Do you have a competitive program and what is the cost/commitment?
- Is there a dress code?
- How long has your location been in business?
- What performance opportunities will my child have?
Was this helpful? Now get into the studio and see for yourself if it's a good fit! Enjoy these times with your precious dancer and BREAK A LEG!