Selecting your Performing Arts Dance Instructor or Studio
When you are selecting a Performing Arts instructor or studio, use the following questions as a base.
- Does the school furnish a list of instructors with their professional credits, teaching credentials and related degrees with accomplishments? If the studio is reluctant to publicize their credentials, you can be sure that they are hiding the fact that they are unqualified, do not know who will be teaching the class, or has instructors with little or no background. Older students teaching class should be frowned upon.
- Do the teachers have membership in professional societies or organizations that certify their members to teach? All schools should have a professional affiliation. Beware of one that does not.
- Is the studio in which they teach suitable as a dance classroom, with proper floors, barres, mirrors, mats and music system? Classes that are not conducted in a suitable location may result in eventual injury to the student. Flooring without the proper give or bounce can put undue stress on both the leg and spinal joints. Improper space, lighting, mirrors, mats and sound system can result in an uncomfortable atmosphere in the classroom and many times results in the dancer being inattentive or, worse yet, injured.
- Does the school clearly state, in their advertising and/or brochures, information on the school year, tuition, refund policy, observed holidays, vacation days, dress code, conduct code, competition, recital and concert rehearsal schedule and what is expected of both the parent and student? It is very important both the parent and the student understand all of the school policies. Everyone should know exactly what is expected of them. They, in turn, should know exactly what the school will provide. All should be aware of exactly when and where recitals, concerts and competitions take place.
- Is the school staffed to handle pre-school, beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, and are the classes designed specifically for pre-school, grade school, teens and adults? Parents and students should be aware of the difference in the teaching of all ages and levels of dance and should understand how many classes per week it will take to reach their desired goals.
- Is the school capable of bringing students to a professional teaching or performance level, and if not, what are it’s policies regarding the advancement of it’s students? A professional school should be able to produce a list of past successes and accomplishments of their former students, and if not, a list of schools they recommend for further advancement.
- Does the teacher or school offer the opportunity to qualified students to take master classes when they are available in their metropolitan area? These classes are always good to stimulate the students and their desire to work harder to excel in their art.