What to Expect the First Day of Dance?
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The first day of dance class is something to get excited about! It is fun to dress up in that pink leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Somehow You just feel like a PRINCESS! Giddy with excitement! It seems that the car ride will never end driving to YOUR dance studio. Finally you arrive! Oh Boy! Here we go! Wow! This place is big! So many strange faces - all smiling and happy! Everyone laughing! Then you get to the studio and your soon to be BALLERINA retreats into your shoulder! Sound familiar! Well it is quite common! Some dancers may feel a bit nervous and/ or shy about the first dance lesson, but that is normal when trying any new activity.
Separation anxiety is one of the most common issues on the first day. The best thing to do is talk about the class beforehand in a fun light-hearted manner to ease some of those nerves. Show them the "TV" that you will be watching as he/she participates in class and most importantly, that you won't leave. You will be right there in the lobby - watching. Try to arrive a little early so you can show your dancer can become acclimated around the studio, go get some water from the water fountain, potty break, etc.
You will be able to bring your dancer to the classroom. It is our policy that all parents must wait in the lobby while classes are in session. We keep the door closed so not to disturb the other classes or the front lobby. Please be prepared that this process may take more than one class for your dancer to get use to being without mom/dad.
Footprints (Preschool) classes can be especially crazy on the first day because it is hard to teach that age group when the instructor doesn’t know all the students’ names yet. It’s also often their first class ever. Time will resolve all the initial chaos as dancers become accustomed to their instructor, the instructor's dance assistant, their new friends and the class format.
Older classes will also start learning basic warm-up combinations that may be challenging at first. They will be consistently used throughout the entire course, so that the warm-ups can be completed with ease each week. It is normal for your dancer to experience muscle soreness especially after their first dance class.
Overall, parents and dancers should expect a exciting experience on the first day of dance class where students start learning the basic format and rules, while reviewing material from the previous class level. The most important thing, as always, is to have fun and start falling in love with the art of dance!