Enrolling your child in dance classes can prove to be a wonderful experience for them. Not only will they get to have fun in an energetic and healthy environment, but they will also meet new friends along the way, develop strong bonds, and learn how to socialize with others. Children often need some gentle reminders when it comes to learning proper behavior, and that rings true for in a dance class. With guidance, children will learn proper dance class etiquette and how to behave in this learning environment. This will ensure that the teacher, the other students and the individual dancer will all benefit the most from the class. Here’s what you need to know as a parent.
It’s important for children to get in the habit of being on time for dance class (ontime is 5-10 minutes early!) Showing up late distracts others, and it also shows disrespect for the instructor. However, parents are usually the ones dictating when to bring their children to class, which is why they should also be aware of this fact. Many parents have busy schedules that include rushing home from work, cooking dinner, and ferrying the kids to class. Before signing up, be sure the class truly fits into your family schedule with ample time to arrive early. Be well-prepared and dressed for class without needing to rush.
While we respect the fact that parents have a busy schedule, they in turn should understand that showing up late can disrupt an entire lesson, which isn’t fair to the other students. Of course, sometimes this is unavoidable, in which case it’s important that kids enter the class as quietly and discreetly as possible, so as not to disrupt the lesson. Either seamlessly join in with the class or do some quiet independant stretching at the side of the room before joining in (whatever is age-appropriate and preferred by their teacher).
RESPECTING THE INSTRUCTOR
Dance instructors love to teach kids the art of dance, and it can be a very rewarding experience for them, but it isn’t easy when certain children act in a disrespectful manner. Parents need to make sure their children understand how to respect and listen to the instructor, and all that takes is some good old fashioned manners. For instance, your child should understand the value of politely raising their hand to ask the instructor a question, as opposed to speaking out loud unannounced.
The more a child listens and follows instructions, the more rewarding and fun the dance lesson will be. Instructors want to see your child smile and enjoy themselves just as much as you do, but that means the child needs to pay attention, mind their manners, and behave in a positive way.
ADHERE TO THE DRESS CODE
Children should learn to respect the dress code of the dance studio, and that can change depending on the style of dance being taught. Some classes and schools may have a strict dress code and some may give more free range of choice when it comes to the required uniform.
This isn’t just for the sake of rudiments and routine, but also for the sake of practicality. Children who follow the applicable dress code will learn the value of being part of a greater team unit, while respecting the rules, traditionalism and foundation of the class.
UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF TEAMWORK
Dance classes are a fantastic way for kids to learn the value of teamwork, and that can help boost their own confidence and social skills. Through dance, children develop a positive mindset about teamwork. They can assist each other with various dance lessons by relying on each other for support, particularly if your child knows more about a certain lesson than another child does. The moment they understand that teamwork leads to a more fun and positive group dynamic, they’ll be sold on the idea.
RULES FOR PARENTS
Kids aren’t the only ones who need a reminder about etiquette. Parents would do well to make sure they aren’t crossing any boundaries that may impede the lesson. While every parent wants to make sure their child is safe and taken care of, it’s also important for them to understand that dance instructors know what they’re doing, and should be given the space to direct the best class possible.
That also means bowing out of the class and leaving your child to absorb the lesson. Children tend to get distracted by the presence of their parents very easily, which is why your absence can actually be a major benefit. There’s plenty of time for children to show off what they’ve learned when they get home, not to mention the numerous recitals and stage performances that are sure to come in the future. Why spoil the surprise for yourself? It’s more fun to see what your child has learned in the right setting.
The great news is that following the etiquette of dance class is a fairly straightforward and easy affair. It’s all about respect and the art of listening, which is great for both instructor and student. At CDM Dance, we pride ourselves on meticulously crafting excellent dance classes that are fun, vibrant and engaging, not to mention socially beneficial for a child’s growth. Interested in enrolling your child in our dance classes? We want to hear from you today, so contact us right now to get started!