Happy New (Dance) Year! As we move into a new season, there are a few things you can do as a parent to help support your child and ensure they have a successful year. Here are a few tips on making this dance season a positive one for your child.
1. Ensure Your Child Has All Dress Code Items
Just like kids need the proper school supplies before starting school, your child will need the appropriate dance supplies for a great dance season. This means ensuring that they have all the necessary items for their specific class in regard to dress code. This is a very simple thing that will set them up for success.
2. Communicate with Your Child & Your Studio’s Director/ Staff
A new year means your child may have a new teacher, be trying a new genre or be placed in a new level. These types of changes mean that they will likely experience a period of transition. Being aware of this will allow you to be more supportive of your child and assist them as they become acclimated to their new class, teacher, etc. Here are some common concerns that a child may have when starting a new year and some tips on how to respond in a supportive way…
“I miss my teacher from last year.”
“ My class is too easy/ hard.”
“I want to change classes... I’m not good at ___ (jazz, tap, etc).”
“I don’t want to take ballet… it’s boring.”
3. Ensure Your Child is in Class Consistently
This is, by far, the biggest way to support your child and ensure that they have the most successful year possible. Consistent class attendance is key. If a child is constantly missing class, then they will miss out on learning important skills. This quickly leads to the student feeling discouraged and self-conscious, which most often ends with the child feeling unaccomplished at the end of the year. On the other hand, when a student attends class consistently, they THRIVE. They get the most out of each class and they progress more quickly. So, make consistent attendance a priority for your child and if they do have to miss a week, be sure to take advantage of any make up class opportunities.
I hope you’ve found the above strategies helpful and hope you will implement these to ensure your child has a beautiful, successful year. Happy Dancing!