What you, as a parent, can do to help:
- If you choose to stay in the classroom and observe, we ask that you keep the noise level at a minimum and refrain from distracting the class.
- Keep all siblings seated in the classroom or please take them to the waiting room.
- Let your instructor take care of the class.
- Inform us if your child has a special need such as ADD, ADHD, learning or hearing disability etc.
- Try to maintain contact attendance. This promotes growth in skills, social interaction and commitment.
- Please be prompt to all classes.
- Please have all dance necessities with you at the beginning of class: hair ties, shoes, proper attire etc.
- Please remove all items you bring into the classroom with you: food, drinks etc.
Please respect the fact that you are paying us to do a service and it would be greatly appreciated if you would help us by following the suggestions listed above. Thank you, Kim Faust.
Uninterrupted Creative Time
For all dancers there is a time to perform and a time to be absorbed, learning about the body through the pleasure and freedom of movement for movement's sake. Concentration, focus, and understanding are easier for students when the class can proceed without interruption. We make every class focused by closing out the outside world to make dance the center of attention.
The Best Dance Introduction
We want every child's introduction to dance to be a positive one, and this means respecting each students independent styles. Some children learn by watching, and others will joyfully jump in to try something new. Whatever your child's learning style, we will work to make him or her comfortable with initiating this new activity. We believe in giving the child time to learn the beauty and impact of dance. After developing an appreciation and sincere love for the art, it is easy to teach children discipline and technique.
Learning When Ready
Often a child needs to know what is expected of him or her or they may need time to adjust to a new space or teacher, so he or she will feel safe and comfortable. We never focus or push a child to dance because a great dance experience is born of an individual's desire to participate. Select repetition of exercises, a familiar class format and careful explanations will eventually make joining the fun easy for every child. If your child needs time to just watch when new exercises are introduced, don't be alarmed. He or she is still learning, just taking their time, and deciding how they feel about the experience. We do not pressure performance. When it's the child's idea to dance, it will come from the heart.
We believe an important facet of dance education is teaching the parents about dance as well, so they can make appropriate choices for their child's training. Information regarding proper dress, the care and fit of dance shoes, the unique differences between types of dance, is how to get the most out of classes and class options.
All Music in your classes is pre-selected to assure that every song is age appropriate and inspirational for the children enrolled. Music awareness is encouraged as your child is introduced to a variety of music from classical, upbeat instruments, reggae, to jazz, Broadway tuned and pop. Of course, children's favorites like Disney songs and other popular children's artist are used as well to make every class an adventure.