|Posted by Lindsay Huitt on October 22, 2015 at 3:25 AM||comments (1)|
What if my child cries? Or doesn't listen to the teacher? What if she won't participate?
You know what? If any of the above happen it would be totally normal! Including seeing your sweet little one attempt to roll across the floor and lick the mirror. Seriously. It's normal.
So how can you prepare your child for a fun and fruitful class experience?
1. Arrive early! Come into the studio 10-15 minutes before the first class. Meet the instructor, get a quick tour of where the restroom is and where the class will be held. Stow shoes, coats and water bottles on the cubby shelf and find a spot to sit at the edge of the classroom.
2. Talk about what to expect before coming to class. Explain to your little one a bit about listening to the teacher. Let them know they will make new friends. If their class requires special clothing explain this to your dancer and show them pictures online or in books.
3. Plan for it to take a few weeks for your child to adjust to the class norms. Do your best to arrive early each week. It is difficult for almost all children to jump in once class has started. After a few weeks your little star will know just what to do each week and will be excited to attend class!
Now relax mama! Get your camera ready and take a deep breath.
|Posted by Lindsay Huitt on October 12, 2015 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
THE 3 THINGS YOU NEED FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE CLASS!
Thinking about trying a dance class? Here are the 3 things you will want to have a great start.
If you have decided which style of dance you would like to try you will want to check out the required style of dance shoes.
Ballet slippers for ballet, Paws for lyrical or contemporary, Jazz shoes for jazz, Tap shoes for tap and athletic shoes or high top sneakers for hip hop. If you haven't made a desicion about which styles you will be taking don't worry! You can always attend the first class in bare feet and the instructor can help you with your shoe needs when you have made your choice.
2. Proper dance clothing!
What does that mean?!? Again, it differs by dance style but in general clothing should be light, comfy and stretchy.
Ballet dancers need a leotard and tights. Shirts or dance shorts are optional to wear over a leotard for a more modest look. Teachers need to be able to see a dancers posture and alignment. Heavy bulky clothing can hinder a ballet dancer.
Hip Hop, this one is easy! Wear any stretchy comfy stuff including leggings, t-shirts, sweat pants, tank tops and a flannel shirt tied around the waist to complete the look.
Jazz is typically practiced in black yoga/dance pants or dance shorts with tights underneath. Tops may be light and loose with a sports bra underneath.
3. Water bottle!
Getting creative, active, and connected in class can be a little tiring at first. Bring fresh water in a plastic bottle. Drink breaks are typically given once per class.