WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR DANCE STUDIO
- FACILITIES – Our Studio is equipped with professional “floating” floors which reduce fatigue and prevent injuries
- CLASS PLACEMENT – Our students are placed in classes based on “both” their age and ability level. We also insure that music & costuming is age appropriate.
- INSTRUCTION – Our teachers keep current on the latest styles of dance by attending various dance conventions throughout the year. They are also required to pass a criminal background check.
- RECITALS – Our recitals are focused on our students from age appropriate choreography and music to providing costumes at a base rate. We also use in-class time to prepare so there is no need to plan on extra rehearsals outside your class time.
Things Every Parent Should Know Before Choosing A Dance Studio
- What type of dance floor is used?
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 “sprung floor” or “floating floor”. These floors are a dance floor that rests on a system of rubber feet or high-density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping.
The top layer of the dance floor is also an important factor. A “Marley” floor is accepted worldwide as the best surface layer for recreational and professional dance. Facilities such as the American Ballet Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, all use floating floors with a Marley overlay 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 falls. Very few studios use professional floors because of the expense involved, and usually opt for an imitation, less expensive, flooring. Marley floors provide the best surface for a dance floor, but do not provide a cushion for dancers unless placed on a sprung or floating floor, therefore marley does not provide this cushioning when placed on a concrete floor.
All of Preston Center Dance dance rooms are equipped with floating or sprung floors under a Marley top surface. Our special floors help reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without fatigue.
- How are classes formed?
A dance class should be formed with the student’s age and ability taken into consideration. A 5 year old beginner should never be placed in a class with a 3 year old. As children mature, their attention span and ability to learn becomes more developed. Every child will progress at a different rate and each one should be evaluated on an individual basis. Parents should pay close attention to the age range in any dance class. This will help to determine how your child will advance.
At Preston Center Dance, each student is placed based on ‘both’ age and ability. The PCD program is structured so that most dancers will progress to a higher level each year.
- Who will be teaching your child?
A dance Instructor should be able to relate to the children they are teaching and be able to share their love for dance with those children. They should also be current and up to date on the most recent styles of dance they are teaching.
Preston Center Dance instructors have extensive dance backgrounds and all of their bios are published on our website at prestoncenterdance.com. PCD instructors are also encouraged to continue their education by attending various national dance conventions. This allows them to not only teach our students the fundamentals of dance technique, but to teach the most current styles and methods of performing these techniques. They are required to pass a criminal background check.
- What to expect at the end of year recital?
Many studios require dancers to attend countless rehearsals in addition to their class rehearsals. PCD students rehearse their dance in class and only require the dancers to attend one dress rehearsal before the show. We provide you with very specific recital instructions so that you are fully prepared prior to the event.
We provide the costume and appropriate tights at a base rate for each student that is well below what most studios charge for costumes.
Preston Center Dance strives to make our recitals worry free and no hassle for all involved. Every dancer will perform a routine specially choreographed for their age. Both the costume and music are age appropriate for each recital number. Our year end recital is produced in a professional theatre and presented in a very professional manner. It is truly the Best Show in town!