Guidelines for Young Dancers

Guidelines and Expectations for Young Dancers at On Your Toes Dance Studio

Guidelines For Young Dancers —  PDF format of this info

*NOTE: These guidelines are designed for dancers entering a Mini Starlight, Starlight or Starpower class.

On Your Toes Dance Studio wants dancers to have fun, but do so in a structured learning environment. Dance class isn’t a time for supervised playtime, it is learning and exploring time.  With that in mind, there are certain requirements a dancer must be able to meet before entering a dance class:

  • Dancers must be 3 years old (or almost 3) by September, or must have taken a summer session to determine readiness.
  • A dancer must be potty trained to take dance class. If a dancer has not developed this control, it is hard to expect them to be disciplined enough to follow directions in a dance class.
  • In addition, a dancer needs to be able to:
    • Say their name when asked by the teacher. If your child cannot say both first and last name or is difficult to understand, please introduce your child personally to the teacher the first day.
    • Separate from the adult bringing them to class. We certainly understand that many children have separation anxiety, but dancers typically overcome their fear quickly and enjoy their dance classes immensely. This will also require some trust on the part of the parents, so that the children know they are safe with us.
    • Understand and follow studio rules. These are mainly safety rules, such as no running in the studio, or courtesy rules, such as using an inside voice, listening to teachers, or no pushing in lines, etc.

Parental Guidelines / Expectations:

  • Once your child is in the classroom, and is properly dressed for class, we ask that parents leave the dance room. For your child’s benefit, it is best that a parent isn’t visible to allow the teacher and dancer to be acquainted with one another.
  • There are observation days when parents may watch from the viewing window but parents do not stay in the classroom at that time. Teachers cannot successfully do their job if parents interrupt class by interacting with their children during class time. Interrupting class to “check on your child” or even to discipline your child is confusing to the children, and undermines the teacher’s authority. If a situation arises that a teacher cannot handle, the teacher will ask for parental assistance. Until then, please try to let the teacher handle any situation first. This helps the children develop respect for their teacher, which is essential.Please do not open the door to check on your child during class.
  • If you choose to wait at the studio while your dancer is in dance class, please keep voices quiet. Dancers can hear the energy and noise levels outside of the room and the teacher, at times, may compete to keep a dancer’s attention. All children must be monitored at all times.

If your dancer is (socially) ready to dance, YOU can help them get (physically) ready to begin classes by:

  • Making sure your dancer has the appropriate dancewear and supplies. Make sure their name is in all shoes.
  • Practicing putting on dance shoes at home. Never allow your dancer to wear dance shoes outdoors.
  • Arriving to the studio in a timely manner (not more than 10 minutes early, but not late).

The studio will not be open more than 10 minutes before the first class of the day. Also, children with too much time before class find it difficult to make it through the hour-long class. On the other hand, do try to be on time please. At this age children do not easily “join in” to a class already in progress. If you are running late, please help your child get his/her shoes on before entering the room, so the teacher can continue teaching.

  • Making sure your child uses the restroom before class. (Please use the restroom in the main lobby.)