Choosing a dance school that’s right for you is an important decision. If you are uncertain what to look for in a dance instructor, how to recognize good dance instruction, or how to find a dance studio that will help you reach your dancing goals, we’re here to help.
Here is our guide to selecting a dance studio:
These are qualities that I feel are of upmost importance and can or should be expected of a quality dance institution. These range from the structure of a class to elements of a studio’s core philosophy. Click here to read about these deal-makers.
These are red flags that warn customers that the dance education at a school may not be of high quality. The size and location of a dance studio have nothing to do with the standard of education one receives. Sometimes even positive word-of-mouth cannot be relied upon as there are many reasons that one may choose to attend a school that is not creating an appropriate atmosphere for learning. For instance, there are schools that produce incredible dancers that have used tactics that negitively impact the well-being of their students – something I consider a red flag. Click here to read about other deal-breakers.
Under certain circumstances, some studio practices that would otherwise be deal-breakers, are acceptable or at least satisfactory. If one has options, this list presents additional considerations to weigh when choosing a school. When options are limited, this list highlights some issues that be important to discuss with studio owners or administrators. Click here to see this list.
What are your goals?
An important aspect of finding a dance school is finding a dance school that is right for you. This can only be assessed by first determining your goals in dance. Because dance requires years of training to master, early discussion about these goals is useful. One’s ambitions can change over time. For instance, a recreational student may decide that they want a professional career and decide to intensify their training. To determine your goals it is necessary to know what kinds of careers or alternatives are available. Even if you are not planning a career in dance, this post aims to help inform and assist in finding a path that is right for you.
Nichelle Suzanne is a writer specializing in dance and online content. She is also a dance instructor with over 20 years experience teaching in dance studios, community programs, and colleges. She began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. As a Houston-based dance writer, Nichelle covers dance performance for Dance Source Houston, Arts+Culture Texas, and other publications. She is a leader in social media within the dance community and has presented on blogging for dance organizations, including Dance/USA. Nichelle provides web consulting and writing services for dancers, dance schools and studios, and those beyond the dance world. Read Nichelle’s posts.