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for dance instruction, including ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop for Round Rock, Austin, Pflugerville, Georgetown and surrounding areas.
|602 McNeil Rd. #108
|There are many dance studios available for you to begin or continue your dancing career. Here
are some important things to consider when making this decision...
Is the teacher teaching my child qualified to be teaching that class?
A qualified dance instructuor should have training from a professional academy, university,
and possibly, professional performance experience. Good dancers are not always good
teachers. Ask to see a résumé of your child's teacher, and look at their training, performance
experience, and previous teaching experience.
Why is the education of instructors so important?
A complete dance education, either through a professional academy or a university, is going
to equip that teacher with knowledge in child development... not just dance steps! You
should expect the same understanding of cognitive development from your dance teacher as
you would of their educational teachers. Learning to dance can be fun, but if the teacher
uses intimidation and harsh discipline, it could be damaging. Discipline is incredibly important
in dance training because it prevents students from injuring themselves and others, but
knowing how to provide that discipline is where the education of the teacher matters most. An
educated teacher also knows how to teach dance that is age and level appropriate.
What is the class size and teacher to student ratio?
The younger the child, the fewer students should be in their class. In a typical 3 year old class,
there will be no more than 10 students. These numbers provide for the best dance experience
and the safest. It is important socially that children learn to interact in structured settings like
dance classes because they learn valuable life skills like getting along with others and social
courtesies like waiting their turn. For older, more advanced students, class size can vary more
as students are much more disciplined, but the studio size should be able to accommodate
the students safely.
What is the director's philosophy of student advancement?
Placement in classes should be based on age and ability. Every child is different and develops
at their own pace. A student should not be placed in a class that is above their level to
accommodate car-pooling needs or siblings' schedules. This could lead to frustration for the
student. It is important to listen to the advice of the teachers on this matter as they are the
ones implementing the syllabus and are trained to assess student capabilities.