For many little boys and girls, taking a dance class is something that they look forward to participating in once they reach a certain age. But despite how excited they might be for this activity, doing anything for the first time can be a bit scary.
So to help both you and your child start dance class with confidence, here are three ways you can help your child prepare for their first dance class.
Do A Drop-In Class First
If you or your child aren’t quite sure if a certain dance class is going to be a good match, DanceToEvolve.com recommends that you try previewing a class first. In many areas, this can be done on a drop-in basis, where your child tries the class out before committing to it.
During this preview class, your child will get to participate in the dance class as if it were their first class. They’ll get to meet the teacher and see some of the other children that they may be dancing with should they choose to start taking this specific class. By doing this, you and your child will be able to get a feel for the dance teacher and the dance class before deciding if you want to move forward with signing up for your first dance class.
Get The Right Attire
Once you’ve signed your child up for their first dance class, it’s time to get the right attire for whatever style of dance they’ve chosen to try.
According to Anna Nader, a contributor to Birmingham Moms Blog, wearing the right attire for the type or style of dance that your child is learning will help to ensure that your child doesn’t get injured and will help their teacher better see how well your child is learning the technique of the dance.
In the beginning, you might want to consider getting some of your child’s dance attire second-hand to save yourself some money in the event that your child ends up not wanting to stick with dance lessons after all.
Prepare To Make New Friends
If your child doesn’t know anyone else who’s going to be in their new dance class, it can be scary to show up by themself and have to make new friends.
To prepare your child for this, Julianna Young, a contributor to Zappos, suggests that you teach your child how to introduce themself to the other kids. Additionally, you could introduce yourself to the other parents and inquire about starting or joining a carpool to dance classes as a way to help your child get to know their classmates better.
If your child will be taking their first dance class soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help prepare them for this event.