Talk about dance at home
Although many of our young dancers take two or three classes per week, dance is usually on their minds every day! Read dance books together or listen to music and try some dance moves in the living room. This helps keep your child’s mind engaged about dance in an extra-fun way—because they can share it with you!
Ask your child to teach you what they are learning
Since dance lessons are built on structure and repetition, teaching someone else can be a fun way to practice. Even if your child is still working on remembering their steps, this can help exercise their memory! Plus it can be pretty cute.
Find out what your child likes best about class, or what they find challenging
Gain insight into what your child loves about dance—and what they think is hard—by asking them about their class. Do they have a favorite step? Have they made some new friends? What do they like about their teacher? These answers can help you understand what your child’s experience is like.
Voice your support
The way you praise your child can be very useful in helping them get the most out of dance class! Use encouraging, growth-minded phrases like, “I love watching you dance!” or “I can tell you’ve been working hard; good job!” or “Did you try your best? That’s what’s most important.” to keep them feeling enthusiastic and proud.
I hope these four tips come in handy as your child progresses through our dance season and of course, we’re always happy to help if you have any questions. I’m so thankful you’ve chosen SDS for your child’s education in dance!