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 If most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers who have 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 you decide to enroll at?  YES.  There are 4 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives.  Here are the 4 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child.

1. What are the qualifications of the instructors?
It is important to make sure that your child’s instructors are qualified and experienced.  Dance instructors are not licensed in this country so basically anyone can teach dance.  Our instructors have professional dance training, hold university degrees in dance or related fields or are members of national organizations such as Dance Educators of America or Dance Masters of America.  Our instructors follow a syllabus (study or reference guide) for all of our classes so that they know what to teach, when to teach it and how to teach it.

2. What should I look for in a dance facility?
A dance facility should provide a spacious clean, neat and safe environment.  The facility should offer amenities such as a reception area, view windows for observation of classes, full length mirrors, ballet barres and changing rooms.  Our facility offers all of the above.
3. 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 feet, ankles, shins, knees and backs of dancers.  The best way to prevent against potential injury is by choosing a studio that has a floor that is not directly on top of concrete.  Our floors have the proper sub flooring with Stagestep's timestep flooring on top to reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired.

4. Can I get immediate assistance and customer service?
In many studios the teacher or the studio owner conducts classes and does the administration.  By trying to do two jobs at once, the class may suffer as the teacher has to use class time for customer service issues, or the studio may have no customer service available if the teacher is in a class.  To have a good experience it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with details like schedules, dancewear or costumes, even if a teacher is occupied in a class.  Our studios have office staff on hand during all regular class times, so you can get immediate assistance.

At Astoria Dance Centre, we believe that every child should be taught in a good facility, by the best instructors available and have fun doing it!  If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us. 

Astoria Dance Centre              718.278.1567




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