5 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE CHOOSING A DANCE SCHOOL

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Before enrolling your child in a dance programme, ask these questions – they can determine the quality and overall enjoyment of the activity.

Children have boundless energy, which is great because at this stage in their lives, they’re trying all kinds of activities and challenging their bodies in different ways.

Now you can help your kid channel that energy towards something fun and meaningful like a dance class. Dance isn’t just a form of creative expression; it also instils discipline in a child, boosts her determination and confidence, makes her body-aware by teaching her about poise and posture, and helps raise awareness and appreciation of classical music.

But not all dance schools are the same. When selecting the ideal dance school for your young one, you’ll want to keep in mind a few important factors, such as the quality of the teachers and the curriculum, and the kind of learning environment it provides.

Dancepointe Academy checks all these boxes and more. The school believes that dance is education. It offers a range of lessons, from ballet and street dance to contemporary dance, giving your child the opportunity to discover herself and the world around her through this unique art form.

Here are just five reasons Dancepointe Academy is the perfect choice for your kid.

1. Are the teachers experienced, qualified, and passionate about dance?
Don’t be shy to ask to see teachers’ qualifications and resumes. You can also ask to observe how they teach their classes. Good attitudes, communication skills and techniques will help your child stay positive, motivated and engaged throughout the dance programme.

2. What types of classes and programmes are available?
Take a look at the list of classes and programmes offered. Does the school specialise in a type of dance or offers a wide range? If you child is still exploring her interests, and you just want to channel her energy in an activity, consider a school that offers a range of styles, such as ballet, modern and even tap dance.

3. Does it provide a safe and secure environment?
Safety is key, especially in a physical activity like dance. Look at teacher-student ratio, and the studios themselves. The latter should be a professional area with specifically equipped flooring, good lighting and ventilation.

4. What performance and competition opportunities are there?
Performances and competitions can be stimulating and motivating for students, giving them an opportunity to shine on stage. Some schools have a busy schedule of such performances. However it can be challenging and stressful for a child, so remember to consider the school’s values and objectives – is it to develop confidence, poise and creative expression, or is it to train the best and prepare them for a potential career in dance?

5. Are there any dance immersion programmes?
Some schools go a step further to offer overseas dance immersion programmes held in partnership with other schools. This allows your child to have an eye-opening experience which can deepen her knowledge and increase her exposure to different styles and practices.

An academy that cares
Dancepointe Academy checks all these boxes and more. The school believes that dance is education. It offers a range of lessons, from ballet and street dance to contemporary dance, giving your child the opportunity to discover herself and the world around her through this unique art form.

Led by founders Lena Foo and Lance Tang, Dancepointe Academy works only with local and international teachers who hold accreditations from reputable organisations such as the Royal Academy of Dance UK (RAD UK), the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing, and the Australian Teachers of Dancing.

Dancepointe Academy has 12 schools in Singapore and 3 schools in China , providing a safe, secure and supportive environment for your little one to learn and experience dance. Its dance studios and facilities are all examination-approved. It believes in giving students a “performance-based” dance experience. Instead of simply teaching them different dance steps each week, the teachers prepare the students for a showcase item, which they then perform for events such as the school’s year-end concert and public dance performances. In addition, outstanding dancers are chosen to take part in competitions around the world.

These annual programmes are held in conjunction with internationally recognised schools and institutions, such as the Alvin Alley Dance Company (NYC), Barcelona Institute of The Arts, Central Ballet School ( London), Liaoning Ballet (China) , Hong Kong Performing Arts, New Zealand School of Dance, Melbourne College of the Arts, Universal Ballet (Seoul) and Sydney Dance Company.

For more information on Dancepointe’s courses and programmes, visit www.dancepointe.com.sg.

 

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