Before your child joins in, here are a few suggestions that will make the experience much better for you both.
- Before you rush out and buy anything, it’s a good idea to find out if your child needs specific dancewear. If yes, the dance school should give you a list, put it on their website, or even better, many will have given their list to Everything Dance, making it much easier for you to make a one-shop stop. Check with the dance school if your child is joining a dance level above beginners, in case they have different requirements.
- A bag large enough to hold dance shoes, a change of dance or street wear and other small items finishes off the basics. Try to keep the dance bag just for dancewear, so that you will always know where everything is and if possible, packing the bag the night before will help you make sure everything is prepared and present.
- You will find this especially helpful when you are in a rush. You will find it easier if you dress your child and get their hair ready before you leave home. In general, girls and boys should both wear their hair off of their face and secured, so that it doesn’t fly around during class or cover their face. Long hair should be either in a ponytail or a bun if required. Not sure how to make a bun? Our instructions on our website will help you make a secure bun. To save shoe wear and tear, wait until your child is inside the dance school before putting their dance shoes on.
- It’s a good idea to arrive in plenty of time on the first day, so that you can familiarise yourselves with the layout of the dance school, including locating the office, change rooms, bathrooms, etc.
- Attending an open day will help your child understand how a class is run and what will be expected of them. In general, most classes start with some warms ups, followed by dance exercises, and often a small dance putting it all together. While some children may be scared to go into a class, watch for the big smiles at the end.
- If your child has any behavioural or attention issues, injuries or physical impairments, it will be helpful to share this with the teachers when you enrol them.