Choosing the right studio can be a daunting task, especially when there’s a large selection of studios from which to choose. Obviously, each dancer is different in what they value and what they want to gain from their dance experience. In this post, we’ll look at some questions to ask (whether it’s for yourself or your child,) when it comes to looking for a dance studio.
Competitive or Recreational?
One of the first questions people ask themselves when looking for a dance studio is whether or not they want to put themselves onto the competitive track. In general, competitive studios tend to be large, intense, and can be costly due to the added practice time, costumes, and travel that’s involved with competition. Recreational studios tend to be small to moderately sized, focus on making the experience fun for the dancers, and can be more affordable than their competitive counterparts.
Some studios are known for being well-rounded in a variety of styles, while some are known for specializing in one or two styles and excelling in those. Do some research into your local studios and see if you can find anything about what their specialties and weaknesses are.
Attitude Toward Dance
Think about whether you want a studio that focuses mostly on elevating the technique of its dancers or one that focuses on creativity and improvisation skills. For younger dancers it may not be as important since they’ll have time to change if they need to, but considering whether or not your dancer may want to pursue dance as a career can help make a decision in which studio you choose. Choosing a dance studio that focuses on equipping dancers with the best technique and the abilities to learn and take direction will serve them well in a career.
Finance can play a large role in many of the decisions we make, especially when it comes to potentially long-term investments like a dance education. Compare class prices of studios and try to find out what type of uniforms and dancewear that the dancers will need if they attend.
Hopefully this post has helped make the decision-making process a bit easier. If you have any questions or comments pertaining to dancewear, feel free to contact us and let us know.