Welcome to our studios! We are so happy you have chosen Stephanie’s Dance Shoppe for your child’s dance education. The first day of dance class is definitely something to be excited about. But, it can also raise some questions too…What should we expect? How can we be ready? What should my child wear? We hope the following outline will answer these questions, and more!
Talk about the class & what to expect
It’s always a great idea to set expectations right from the beginning so there are no surprises on the first day of class. Let your student know their teacher’s name. Also, talk about how you will be waiting outside the actual dance room for your dancers. Let him/her know how proud of them you will be when they complete their first class. Offer to celebrate by having a treat or special dinner after the first class. Meeting new faces can be stressful for young children, and talking about what is expected can help alleviate any unnecessary stress. Remember to offer encouragement too, “You are going to have so much fun!” or “You will be learning so many new things!”
Meet the teacher ahead of time
Bring your dancer to our Open House so they can meet our staff. We are always excited to meet and welcome new students to our studios. If you cannot make it to Open House, visit our website to view teacher photos, and read their bios to your child. Also, use the teacher’s name when talking about the upcoming class!
Bring a friend
Having a friend with can help ease the “butterflies in the stomach feeling” that your child may be experiencing on the first day of class. Have your play-dates scheduled with us so your child can dance with their BFF for years to come
Come to class dressed appropriately
Every class is a structured learning environment, therefore, we like our students to look the part too. This will help them to know that they are in a classroom setting, and that everyone is equal at our studios. Class dress code also helps the teaching staff to recognize correct body positions and alignment. Hair should be secured out of the face for all classes, and no gum is allowed in the studios.
Encourage your child to demonstrate
After class, encourage your child to show you what they have learned. Some children will demonstrate everything, while others will only show 1 or 2, or even nothing. This is ok. Dance is an art form at which all students learn at a different pace. Encourage your student to work hard, listen to their teacher, and make new friends. By doing these things, they will be enjoying each and every class with us!
Always ask your questions
We are always available to answer your questions by phone, text, email or in person at the studios. Our goal is to have your child enjoy their classes, and form an appreciation for the art of dance. We are here to help you!