Preschool Dance Classes
To get an idea of what our preschool dance classes are like, check out this video:
Here is a 3 & 4 year old dance class in action at our annual dance recital:
Here is a 4 & 5 year old dance class in action at our annual dance recital:
There are many things you need to know when making this decision.
Here are some questions you should ask when choosing a dance studio for your preschool student.
1) Does the dance studio offer advanced classes for older students?
Having a dance studio with both a preschool dance program and advanced older classes means the dance studio is dedicated to making sure the younger dancers are properly taught technique that would help them in the later stages of their dance career. You want to pick a dance studio that not only offers great classes for toddlers but pick a studio where your child could potentially take for years to come.
Not only does Dancers Unite offer dance classes starting at age two, but we have an internationally recognized competitive dance program where we are the current 2013 National Senior Jazz Champion and 2013 National Youth Jazz Champion.
2) Who are the instructors?
It is important to know who is teaching your child. When looking at a dance studio you should ask yourself, does the dance studio list dance instructors on their website? Does the dance studio let teenagers teach the youngest students?
Here at Dancers Unite, every dance class has an adult dance instructor with years of dance teaching experience. All of our preschool dance classes are taught by the owners of the dance studio, Julie and Elizabeth, and you can see their bios on our Faculty Page.
3) What is the student to teacher ratio?
It is very important in preschool classes that each student receives attention from his or her teachers. If a child is stuck in a large class with just one teacher, then often students can get ignored and they may go through a whole year without learning much dance.At Dancers Unite, we have a 5 to 1 student teacher ratio. Since our preschool classes are taught by Julie and Elizabeth, they have at least 2 teachers in the classroom, thus ensuring your child will get attention.
4) What styles of dance are offered?
It is important for students to learn multiple dance styles. It is important at that age to explore lots of different dance styles, so children can learn a lot about dance.
Ballet, tap, tumbling and creative movement are included in Dancers Unite’s combination dance classes for toddlers.
5) What is the classroom atmosphere like?
It is important to know what kind of classroom atmosphere a preschool dance class has. If the program is too serious and strict, then it can be hard to keep the toddler engaged and the toddler may leave the class feeling bad about himself or herself. If the program is just about fun, then your child isn’t learning much dance.
At Dancers Unite, we pride ourselves in having a classroom atmosphere that is positive while at the same time keeping true to our goal of teaching children dance. We truly believe that it is in a fun, positive atmosphere that children learn to love dance, and it is important at this age that they do not start viewing dance in a negative light.
We achieve this by having a specific curriculum designed over the years by the artistic directors, Julie and Elizabeth, that combines learning and fun. It has been proven to work over the years, as we have many students who have left our classes both knowing more about dance as well as having a love for this beautiful art form.
6) What kind of floors does the dance studio have?
The floors used at a dance studio are very important. Dancing on a hard surface like concrete without any type of subfloor can cause joint damage and lead to lower leg injuries. In order to prevent these types of injuries, there should be an injury prevention subfloor underneath a dance studio’s dance floor. Just because a dance class is in a room with wood floors does not mean the floor is suitable for dancing. See if the dance floor seems raised off the ground.
At Dancers Unite, we have a sprung subfloor. We also have a Marley type dance floor which is used by the major dance companies of the world. We also have mats for whenever the students do tumbling. We care about the children who take dance at Dancers Unite and want to do everything in our power in order to prevent them from being injured.
7) Will my child have the opportunity to perform onstage in a dance recital?
An important part of a dance class experience is being able to perform onstage. While it is important to learn proper technique and dance steps, being able to perform dance is another great skill. Being able to perform onstage is an invaluable gift to young children because it helps prevent stage fright later in life. They get a big kick out of performing with the “older girls”, and watching your child dance onstage in a beautiful costume is a wonderful experience, giving you memories that will last a lifetime. It is a shame to see a dance studio only let its oldest students participate in their annual revue, only giving the youngest students an in studio dance recital.
At Dancers Unite, we allow even our youngest two year olds to be part of our yearly dance recital, held at Dana Auditorium (part of the Queens University campus) at the beginning of June. We also have beautiful costumes for our youngest students at incredibly reasonable prices. Please see our Dance Recital Page for more information on our yearly revue.
Preschoolers can take one of the following combo classes:
2 & 3 Year Olds
3 & 4 Year Olds
4 & 5 Year Olds
Boys Only Hip Hop
4 & 5 Year Olds
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