How to Make the Most Out of Your Child’s Classroom Experience
Dance lessons can be an awesome way to encourage your child’s personal growth! At Myriad’s Dance Academy, we’re not just teaching dance steps in our classrooms—we’re developing curious, compassionate young leaders and equipping them for success.
We know that it can be a challenge sometimes to know what to do to offer support and encouragement for your dancer—especially if you are still new to the world of dance! Here are four of our best tips for making the most out of your child’s class experience at Myriad’s Dance Academy
Accountability, Respect & Punctuality make a difference
Consistent attendance benefits each Dancer and their classmates. Please be on time…respect yourself, your teacher and your classmates. Late students disrupt everyone’s concentration.
Students who are on time benefit and grow from important warm-ups and the technique exercises. We know that classes with punctual students form a more cohesive community year-round. These students take more pride in their work. Consistent attendance tremendously benefits each Dancer and their classmates.
It’s simple. Dancers who exhibit consistent attendance habits learn well and learn fast. They retain skills and ready for the next step each week. They gain confidence and can’t wait for next week’s class. This will be you, when you make consistent attendance a priority.
Attend your child’s ribbon days
These special In-Progress days for all of our dance classes are on our school calendar. We also send email reminders. Ribbon Days are when your child shares all of their progress to-date, within a class presentation, AND also receives personal recognition of their accomplishments in the current Dance Goal Sheet Unit. You can see the dancers whose families attend beam with pride. We need all of our families in attendance. This is an important day for our younger and older students alike.
Talk about dance at home
Although many of our young dancers take just one or two classes per week, dance is usually on their minds every day! Read dance books together or listen to music and try some dance moves in the living room. This helps keep your child’s mind engaged about dance in an extra-fun way—because they can share it with you!
Ask your child to teach you what they are learning
Since dance lessons are built on structure and repetition, teaching someone else can be a fun way to practice. Even if your child is still working on remembering their steps, this can help exercise their memory! (Plus, it can be pretty cute.)
Fine out what your child likes best about class, or what they find challenging
Gain insight into what your child loves about dance—and what they think is hard—by asking them about their class. Do they have a favorite step? Have they made some new friends? What do they like about their teacher? These answers can help you understand what your child’s experience is like.
Voice your support
The way you praise your child can be very useful in helping them get the most out of dance class! Use phrases like, “I love watching you dance!” or “I can tell you’ve been working hard.” or “Did you try your best? That’s what’s most important.” Your child’s confidence and enthusiasm will continue to grow with this kind of encouragement at home and at class.
We hope these tips come in handy as your child progresses through our dance season and of course, we’re always happy to help with any class curriculum or programming questions you might have. We’re so thankful you’ve chosen the Myriad Dance Academy for your child’s education in dance!