COVID-19 Policies Due to the COVID-19 restrictions suggested by Federal and State agencies, we will be enforcing the following policies: Students who have a fever or are otherwise not feeling well should not attend. Everyone entering the building will have a temperature check and may not exceed 99.5 degrees F. Students who have been exposed to someone who has the virus should not attend for two weeks after exposure. Students who are at a higher risk because of diabetes, heart conditions, asthma, or advanced age should not attend. Building occupancy will be limited to 40 people. Classes will be limited to 15 people. Only students and one parent of students under 10 years of age will be allowed in the building. No siblings or other visitors. Students will not be allowed into the building until 15 minutes before their scheduled class and are expected to leave immediately after class ends.
Every dance school traditionally has an annual dance recital where the children perform an end-of-the-year dance. Costumes and stage time are an attractive proposition to children, and parents love the photo ops and seeing their child in the spotlight. Getting some experience on stage performing for an audience is certainly a valuable part of a child’s dance training, but it needs to be done in a way that doesn’t detract from the “training” part. In many dance schools, after Christmas the whole lesson is basically just a rehearsal of this one piece for the dance recital, and the training that helps you learn the full vocabulary of dance stops. The child may get very good at this particular dance, but is not learning any more than that. It would be like reading one book until you have it memorized, but never learning enough to read any book. That could lead
Don’t be a “jack of all trades, and master of none” Many parents seem to want their children to get an exposure to many different activities when they are young and consequently enroll them in a series of activities perhaps including dance, gymnastics, soccer, piano, acting, painting, etc. It seems like the plan is often to do one year of each thing or to continue until the child tires of it and doesn’t want to do it anymore (often less than one year!). Many of our older students have been at it for many years and have the healthy habit of sticking with something, pursuing it diligently, enjoying some success, and attaining a more advanced level of skill. You can’t learn to fully enjoy anything while you barely know how to do it. Reading is not much fun when you have a 1st grade vocabulary, but is much more enjoyable
Paying for ballet classes provides many benefits In this great post, a parent tells us why she is paying for ballet classes for her daughter, and through this response explains the many great benefits of ballet classes: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/effects-ballet-classes-schools-dont-tell-you-mironova-evdokimova- If you don’t go to the link above, here is the text: Well, let me tell you a secret. I don’t pay for my daughter to dance on stage once a year. Do you want to know what I’m paying for? I am paying for my daughter to learn to be disciplined. I am paying for my daughter to learn to take care of her mind and body. I am paying for my daughter to learn how to work with others and be a good team member; and to develop her creativity. I pay so that my daughter learns to face disappointment when she doesn’t get what she expected, and discovers that