Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Blogs

how to prepare your child for their first dance class

Your child’s first dance class is a very exciting occasion, but it can also be the source of a lot of nerves. Here at Elite, we want to make sure both you and your child’s first dance class is a positive and memorable experience, so we’ve put together some tips and tricks for you to keep in mind before the first class.

1. Familiarize yourself

Familiarize yourself with the studio dress code so you have time to purchase any items before the first class. Making sure your child has all the required items before starting will help them to feel more confident in class. If you’re ordering anything online or purchasing it without your child present, make sure they try it on to ensure a proper fit! It can be also beneficial to let your child wear their clothes/shoes around the house for a bit so they have a chance to get comfortable.

2. Have proper attire

On the note of having proper attire, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and hassle if you bring your child to class already dressed in their dance outfit. Trust us – trying to put tights on a young child is a task best left to the comforts of your own home!

3. Do a preparatory visit

Visit the studio ahead of time to allow you and your child to feel more comfortable. Pinpoint where the change rooms, bathrooms and studios are. If possible, watch a class with your child so they can see what they will be doing. This is also a good time to learn where the parent watching or waiting area is, so you can let your child know where they can find you after class!

4. Communicate

Chat with your child before their first class to let them know the game plan. This will hopefully decrease their nerves on the first day because they’ll have some idea of what to expect. Discuss what they’ll be doing, and what proper behaviour in a dance class looks like.

5. Prepare your child

Maximize your chances of a giving your child a positive experience by making sure they are happy, healthy, well-rested and fed. Pushing their limits close to class time is just asking for trouble. Consider keeping some snacks on hand, and consider naptimes and bedtimes when selecting a class time to register for.

6. Get to class early

There is nothing worse than having to rush on your first day. Giving yourself a bit of a buffer will allow you to find parking, take your child to the bathroom and get them ready and excited for their class!

Dance is a great way for your child to learn self-discipline, respect, and teamwork. If you have any questions about your child’s first class or would like to register your child give us a call today!