Parent Report

Four Things Every Parent Should Know Before Choosing a Dance Studio

If most studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers, and a big show at the end of the year, selecting a school should be effortless because they're all the same...right? Wrong. There are four 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 four things every parent should consider before choosing a studio.

1. What type of floor is used?

    The top layer of the dance floor is also an important factor. A vinyl composite "marley" floor is accepted worldwide as the best surface 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 enough to create a risk of slips and falls. Very few studios use professional floors because of the expense involved, and they usually opt for a regular floor tile as their studio floor.

    All of our studio locations have floating floors that have over 700 high density foam blocks under the floor surface and a marley top surface that is imported from England. Our special floors help reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired.

2. What is the size of the class?

    If the dance class has fewer students in it, each child will receive more personalized attention, learn more and have more fun. With younger students, it is easier for a teacher to maintain control over the calss and make sure each student understands the concepts and instructions. Our smaller class sizes make sure that no fundamental concepts are being missed. A smaller class size allows our teachers to ensure that students are not developing bad habits or improper technique.

    Our studio limits all of our class (ages 2-8) to a 12:1 ratio, or just 12 student per class.

3. What are the "extras" required for the year end show?

    Most studios have certain requirements prior to the end of the year show. At our studio parents are not required to sell any tickets and you are not obligated to dress your child for the show/recital. All autopay parents receive a complementary recital ticket.

4. Can I get immediate assistance and customer service?

    In many studios, the teacher or studio owner conducts classes and does the adminstration. 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. In order to have the best experience possible, 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 always get immediate assistance to your needs.

Interested in learning more about our dance academy? Please call us at 203.230.2014 for more information.
Dance Academy in Connecticut

We are located in Hamden and welcome students from across the state. Specifically, New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, Wallingford, Orange, Milford, Shelton, Ansonia, & Seymour, Connecticut.