Your child’s first dance class is a very exciting adventure, but it can also be the source of anxiety for some. Here at KV Dance Studio, we want to make sure both you and your dancer’s first dance class is a positive and memorable experience. Here are some tips and tricks for you to keep in mind before the first dance class.
1. Familiarize yourself
Familiarize yourself with the studio dress code so you have time to purchase any items before the first class. Brio Bodywear down the street from our studio knows what our dancers need for each graded ballet class.
Making sure your child has all the required items before starting will help them to feel more confident in class. If you’re ordering anything online or purchasing it without your dancer there, just make sure they try it on to ensure a proper fit. Let your child wear their new dance clothes and shoes around the house for a bit so they have a chance to get comfortable and used to how it feels.
2. Come dressed to dance
You’ll save yourself a lot of time and hassle if you bring your dancer to class already dressed in their dance attire. Trust us – trying to put tights on a young child in a bathroom stall is not as pleasant as the comforts of your own home!
3. Visit us before the first day
Visit the studio at 174 First Avenue ahead of time to allow you and your child to feel more comfortable. We are always happy to give you a tour of where the bathrooms and studios are. Sometimes you may get a chance to watch a class with your child so they can see what they will be doing. This is also a good time for you as a parent to learn where the waiting area is, so you can let your dancer know where they can find you after class. You can also encourage your child to ask questions about dance or anything dance related they may be curious about.
Chat with your child before their first dance class. Let them know what to expect. This can decrease their anxiousness on the first day because they’ll have some idea of what is going to happen. Talk about what they’ll be doing, and what proper behaviour in a dance class will look like. We are happy to provide you with their teacher’s name so they can get used to it.
5. Prepare your child before class
By making sure your child is happy, healthy, well-rested and fed, you will be maximizing your chances of giving your child a positive experience. We always suggest keeping some snacks and a bottle of water on hand. Consider nap times and bedtimes when selecting a class time to register for.
6. Be early on the day of
There is nothing worse than having to rush your dancer on their first day. Giving yourself a bit of time will allow you to find parking, take your child to the bathroom and get them ready and excited for their class. Sometimes our hallways get noisy as it fills with dancers and parents – it is always a good plan to arrive before the chaos!
Dance is a great way for your child to learn self-discipline, respect, and teamwork. If you have any questions about your child’s first class or would like to register your child, call us at 613-656-0214 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org !