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How to choose a dance school

How to choose a dance school

Every student  (adults, teens or children) who takes dance class, whether for: improved fitness, coordination, confidence, an aspiring professional career, or even just for fun, must be trained to the highest standards to ensure positive results. The most important point to consider when choosing to train in dance is that it is not an easy alternative. Before you choose a career in dance, you have to consider various variables. For these reason you should spend some time searching for the good dance school.

Here are some criteria to help you choose the studio that will meet your dancing needs:
  • A Qualified Teacher

  • Your choice of dance instructor is fundamental to your future success as a dancer. Consider the experience, training and teaching background of the faculty. Take time to check the dance instructor's qualifications.
    Ask about theirs own personal accomplishments in dancing. A key here is that the skill to teach another individual is not innate in a good dancer. Winning competitions does not make dancer better dance trainer than someone who is skilled at training and teaching.
    Make sure the dance instructor holds a degree in dance, is certified to teach dance, or has danced with a professional corporation.

  • The philosophy of the studio and its owners

  • Check out what the basic philosophy of the school is. Is the principal goal to teach people to dance? Is it to teach people to dance technically correct? Is it to teach people to enjoy dancing and do it correctly? Is it to maintain the competing professionals in the studio and guarantee they are advancing? Is it run as a lucrative business? Is it a combination of the above?

  • The Department

  • Many universities will have an autonomous dance department and some will have a dance program within a theater or performing arts department. What is the reputation of the department or program inside and outside of the college? Decide what type of degree you wish to earn. A bachelor of fine arts is a degree with a majority of courses taken in dance technique and performance. Occasionally fewer dance courses are required for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Several dance programs last four years, others only two; make a decision how much time you wish to invest.

  • A Cushioned Dance Floor

  • Look for a professional floor that is well-cushioned to absorb the shock of jumping. These floors are extremely cushioned and offer a non-slip surface for dancers. Studios should not have concrete floors (even if covered with wood or vinyl).

  • Small Class Sizes

  • It is easier for a teacher to keep control over a smaller class. Having fewer students, permits you will receive more attention and personalized instruction.

  • Professional Facilities

  • The overall atmosphere of a dance school is the key to your success. The studio should be warm and attractive, as well as the staff. The studio should be clean and well-maintained. The dancing room should be well-ventilated and wide, with mirrors at least one entire wall. Small spaces limit what you can do. Space per student in the studio should be 1,000 square feet or more and have 60 square feet or more. You should be provided with access to a water fountain, a toilet and adequate space to change clothes.

  • Curriculum

  • Think about the variety, difficulty, and regularity of technique classes. Contrast the course load of academic vs. dance classes, the class size, level of development, and opportunities to perform in student-initiated or departmental concerts.

    Most dance schools take part in competitions and conventions. These can be fun and exciting ways to show off your abilities or improve them. Some extra classes or rehearsals are offered to preparing for competitions.
    Is performance required or elective? May all students participate, or are opportunities limited to those who audition successfully? Are there chances to perform off-campus in schools or arts spaces?
    In this fact, we recommend you write a resume adding the classes, performances or successful auditions you've got. Let's face it, Writing a resume is a daunting task. Check some basic information about resume writing and making it stand out.

  • Guest Artists

  • Find out who is at this time a guest artist, how long his/her stay will be, and how the school selects them. Are there particular shorter workshops or residencies with specialists, as well as long-term obligations?

  • Alumni

  • Who are they and where are they now? Are graduates happy with the service they've received from the school? Did they obtain what was offered to them? Are they happy with how they are treated? Do they consider they are getting their money's value?

  • Community

  • What is the dance scene like external the university? Would you have the occasion to perform with local corporations or choreographers while you are still in school? Can you increase teaching experience at a local school or academy?

  • Reasonable Tuition and Fees

  • You should ask about how much are the cost and fees. School owners will give you this information. Make sure that prices are they equal for everyone. Are there any particular deals? Ensure that you absolutely understand exactly which lessons are included in the prices that are quoted.

    If a dancer joins a dance corporation or enters college, it is very important that the decision be based on what is right for her or his. Each school, college program and corporation is unique in its offerings and the dancer must decide her or his requirements.