Stepping into the world of dance
Your childs first dance class
Dance classes can be an exciting and fun way for children to learn new skills and express themselves creatively. However, for some children, attending their first dance class can be a bit intimidating. As a parent, you can help create a positive experience for your child by following a few simple tips.
Create the Hype
One week before the trial, start talking to your child about the upcoming dance class. Remind them about the class and be excited about the new teacher. A pro tip is to get the name of the teacher beforehand and make sure your child knows it. This will help your child feel safe, knowing that the teacher is not a “stranger” to you.
Arrive at the dance class at least 10 minutes early. This will give your child time to meet the teacher and explore the dance studio. Additionally, they will get to experience the excitement of other students arriving.
Don’t Give Up
It’s important to remember that not all children will feel comfortable or confident during their first dance class. Some children may cry, feel anxious or overwhelmed, and even want to quit. However, don’t give up on your child just yet. Studies show that 90% of the children who struggle with dancing during their first lesson will be completely fine and content at their second class. By continuing to encourage and support your child, you can help them overcome their initial fears and anxieties.
Stay Inside the Room
If your child is crying during their first dance class, it’s important to stay inside the room and let them watch what’s happening. Often, children feel more comfortable and secure when they can see and hear their parents nearby. Additionally, by observing the class, they can start to understand what’s expected of them and become more comfortable with the teacher and other students.
What the Dance Teacher Wants You to Know
Before your child’s first dance class, make sure you understand the dance teacher’s expectations. One important thing to remember is not to arrive late. If you arrive after the class has started, the teacher will be focused on teaching and won’t be able to give your child the attention they need as a newcomer.
Why Children Cry at their First Dance Class
It is not uncommon for young children to cry during their first dance class. Imagine someone taking you to a new place, expecting you to have a great time in a room full of new people, and trusting a stranger (the teacher). It can be overwhelming, especially for children who are shy or anxious. As a parent, it’s important to be patient and supportive. Encourage your child to keep trying, and reassure them that it’s okay to feel nervous.
In conclusion, attending a dance class can be an enjoyable experience for children. By creating the hype, arriving early, understanding the dance teacher’s expectations, and being patient with your child, you can help make their first dance class a positive and memorable one.