The short answer is — any age! Dance can be enjoyed and provides many benefits for people of all ages. It is essential to find a class that is welcoming to beginners and that is not so large a group (no more than 10-12 students) that the instructor cannot give personal attention and feedback to all the students. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect class for you or your child.
Many factors effect readiness for participation in a group class. Dance classes can be a great introduction to group learning, but it’s important to find an experienced teacher that is patient with little dancers. It’s perfectly normal for a child to want to watch the class before joining in and we always encourage caregivers to be patient and allow the child to go at their own pace. A free trial class is available for this reason so there is no pressure to begin participating fully right away.
A dancer’s motivation to persist with the demands of dance training is directly related to how well their unique needs at their stage of development are being met. We offer two separate levels for the early years for this reason and four distinct levels for our older children’s dance programs. Friendship, skill building, artistry and performance are also key and must be managed with the unique needs of the dancers in mind at each stage of their journey.
Each of our classes has a uniform. This helps to keep the focus on the student’s dancing and not on what they are wearing. Uniforms are chosen with the dancer’s safety and comfort in mind. Different styles of dance require different types of shoes and attire. Uniforms can be ordered at the front desk.
Mastery of any dance style takes years of commitment and hard work. This is why healthy developmentally appropriate learning goals are so important each step of the way. Our ballet classes follow the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance which sets the standard for ballet training worldwide. Jazz, Tap, Acro, Contemporary and Hip Hop classes follow similar syllabi and guidelines to ensure dancers are working safely towards the next stage of their physical and artistic development.
How long it takes for dancers to move through the syllabus depends on their commitment and the number of hours per week they spend training. Particularly committed and talented dancers are invited to apply to our performance dance teams to ensure they are given extra challenges and achieve a higher level of proficiency at a faster pace.