Dance Classes for Kids: An FAQ
So, you see your little girl or boy wiggling around to your iTunes playlist, and suddenly you wonder: “maybe he/she would like dance lessons?” There’s no doubt that it can be a very good experience for them, improving their strength and flexibility, creativity and discipline, and – perhaps most important – confidence.
So, what comes next? Let this comprehensive FAQ guide you.
How old should my child be before I enrol them in lessons?
If we are talking physical ability, kids generally have enough motors skills to start at age 2-3. Keep in mind however, that maturity-level is also important: Your child (and other kids nearby) won’t get much from the experience if he/she isn’t listening to the instructor or throwing a tantrum.
What style of dance should I enrol my child in?
What kind of music do you play at home? Often kids get drawn to something they’ve already heard or seen on tv, which can help guide your decision. Popular choices include ballet, jazz, hip hop and/or tap.
What should I look for in a dance instructor for my child?
A dance instructor is a bit like a babysitter for your child, except they also need the energy to keep him/her engaged in the activity – patience and enthusiasm are musts.
Some instructors focus more on serious technique, while others play movement games with the kids, so decide which is best for your child in advance. Check their bio on the studio website, or call to set up an appointment with them to learn more.
What is the cost of dance lessons?
According to howmuchisit.org, prices for group classes vary from $40 to $120/month for weekly classes. Also, be sure to inquire about any costume costs, as many studios (Joy of Dance included) showcase their students with a performance at the end of the term.
What if my child wants to learn more than one dance style?
Many programs offer a mix of different dance styles for your child to try out. For example, our summer dance camp offers ballet, jazz, hip hop, bollywood, and others.
Is there a dress code?
Depends on the dance and the studio, but generally no street shoes are allowed. Often ballet classes require tights and a fitted leotard with ballet slippers. Other dance styles may be more relaxed, but call ahead to be sure.
Should my child take private lessons?
Sure, but be aware, most studios encourage group classes, as these offer opportunities to learn team-building skills and make new friends. Personally, I recommend private lessons for the serious dancer only.
What if I want to watch the class?
I don’t blame you! Many studios like Joy of Dance allow parents to watch behind a glass panel or window. It’s generally not recommended to sit inside the classroom however, as this can distract the kids.
About the Author
Ian Crewe has been dancing ballroom for over 18 years, and has a Licentiate in American smooth and rhythm. His passion for dance eventually led him to blogging and the World Wide Web. Ian currently teaches at the Joy of Dance Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada.