If most dance studios in Tallahassee seem to have qualified, friendly teachers, experience teaching children and a big show at the end of the year, aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter which place in Tallahassee you decide to take dance classes? Yes. There are 4 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of dance classes your child receives, how much time you can save and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of the dance classes. Here are 4 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child's dance classes.
Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints. Most dance footwear does not provide any cushioning or support, so the shock of dance movement can place a lot of pressure on the knees and back of a dancer. The best way to prevent against potential injury is by choosing a studio with a professional “floating floor”. A floating floor is a dance floor that rests on a system of high-density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping. A high-density foam base is superior to a “sprung” floor, which usually consists of a wood structure built on the regular floor.
The top layer of the dance floor is also an important factor. A vinyl composite “marley” floor is accepted worldwide as the best surface layer for recreational to professional dance. Facilities such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England, and Riverdance - The Touring Show, all use marley floors as their dance surface. A marley floor allows dancers to slide, with a degree of “controlled slip", but is not slippery so there is less risk of slips and falls. Very few studios use professional marley floors because of the expense involved, and usually opt for a regular floor tile for a studio floor.
Our dance studio is equipped with a floating floor that has over 700 high density foam blocks under the floor surface and a marley top surface. Our special floor helps reduce the risk of injuries and allow our dance students to dance longer without getting tired.
If the dance class has fewer students in it each child will receive more personalized attention, learn more and have more fun. With younger students it is easier for a teacher to maintain control over the class and make sure each student understands the concepts and instructions. Our smaller class sizes make sure that no fundamental concepts are being missed. A smaller class size also allows our teachers to ensure that students are not developing bad habits or improper technique.
Our studio limits all of our classes (ages 6 and up) to a maximum of just 12 students per class. With our kindergarten dance classes (ages 3 - 6) we limit all of our classes to a maximum of just 8 students per dance class.
Can my other child take music lessons at the same time?
Since at our North East Tallahassee location, we also teach music classes, your child can schedule a music class around the dance class time, or a sibling can take a music class at the same time, both saving you time.
We teach dance classes for Ballet, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz, and Angelina Ballerina for our preschool aged dancers.