Dancewear and Dance Studio Dress Codes

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I’d now like to talk with you about dress code at the studio you’re considering. Some studios have a particular dress code and other do not. Actually, the dance attire that a student dresses in for dance class is very important.  Self-discipline and dance go hand in hand.

The dress code is an important part of their training because it sets the tone and the mood of the class putting the students in the right frame of mind to start learning. There are really some specific reasons why the studios require a particular dress.

Tights enable the teacher to see the muscular nature to the legs. It allows them to see if the child is turning out correctly.

The leotard allows the teacher to check the torso and see if it’s in proper alignment. Having the child’s hair pulled up and off their face exposes their neck, their head, and their spine so that the teacher can monitor its proper usage. Also, keeping the hair out of the face just eliminates a lot of distraction.

A dress code can help you child learn faster. The teacher can make better corrections if the students all look the same way, so that what’s catching that teacher’s eye is improper technique, not that hair falling in the face of that child that’s in sweat pants that day.

The next thing to need to consider when you’re touring the studio is the studio dance room itself. Look at the floor. The floor is crucial part of the studio. Dancers’ bodies can take a lot of stress on the joints and the back. You want to make sure that the appropriate type of floor is placed in the studio.

A floor designed for the needs of the dancer helps to reduce the fatigue and the injuries like knee injuries, shin splints, and back problems. A well-designed floor also can improve their performance. Fewer injuries means longer dancing careers.

The best type of dance floor is a professional floating floor. A floating floor is one that is cushioned on wood stringers with air space and sub floor layers of wood, and it’s covered in a vinyl surface designed for dance. Dancing on concrete, even taught with a vinyl surface, causes fatigue and it can cause a lot of injury.

Make sure the studio has bars and full-length mirrors. The dance floor should be large enough for the children to dance around freely. They should be able to run and do leaps as needed in the dance class.

Now we’re going to talk about teacher-parent interaction.

Is the teacher parent friendly? You want to find out how that teacher interacts with the parents. Does she have a news letter that she sends out periodically with information regarding the class? Will she allow you to observe a class before making your decision about the appropriateness for you child?

The teacher should be organized and good about keeping parents informed. However, you do not want that teacher to be using up valuable class time to interact with you or any other parent. You do want to get communication from that teacher regarding schedule and payments, or any other issues such as dance costumes, or whatever the case may be.

Watch how she interacts with other parents. Does she use teaching time? Does the studio door close right at the class start time? It’s preferable to have an administrative person available to handle the parent questions and payment transactions. However, in the absence of this type of position, the teacher should have a plan for communicating this information to the parents.

Lastly, you want to make sure that there’s a comfortable area for parents and younger siblings to wait during dance class if they so choose.

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