Is Your Child Ready for Dance Class?
Updated: Oct 4, 2019
Kids love to dance and for most children they take to it like a duck on water but for others the experience can be quite difficult. One question I am asked as a dance teacher is ‘Do you think my child is ready for dance class?’ I always suggest to give it a go and keep trying.
Keep in mind that readiness for dance, or any other activity, is presented differently from child to child and these suggestions should only be taken as a guide.
You have found a dance school but your child hasn’t exactly bounded into the room or completing all activities to the best of their abilities. Please remember, that is completely ok.
Keep attending class if;
- Your child walks into the classroom independently,
- Your child participates when they are invited to join in activities,
- Your child watches the teacher and other student intently,
- Your child takes a prop and uses it when asked,
- Your child participates in certain activities they find intriguing,
- Your child talks about dancing or recreates the activities at home.
- Your child watches other dances with excitement.
Sometimes it doesn’t always go to plan and you may need to make changes if;
- Your child cries on the way to class and it doesn’t stop after 3 to 4 weeks,
- The teacher has to take your child crying from your arms after 3- 4 weeks,
- Your child is irritable due to the class is held at nap-time or at the end of the day,
- Your child is aggressive to the teacher or other students,
- Your child runs to the door and tries to exit the class after 3-4 weeks,
- Your child is distracting or upsetting other students in the class,
What can those changes be?
- Attend a class on a different day and/or time,
- A different teacher and/or studio that is better suited to your child,
- Try a parent and child class and join in with them,
- Give the child a few months before trying again.
Don’t forget to work with the teacher. A supportive parent who is willing to work with the teacher will only benefit the child.