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5 Things Every Parent Should Know Before Choosing a Dance Studio…

Choosing a Dance StudioAren't most dance studios the same…is there really a difference? Does it matter which place you decide to enroll at? Yes! There are five main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles the parents must deal with, and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program. Here are five things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child.

  1. What to look for in an instructor?

Not all instructors are alike! HCCD does not just hire anyone. Special care is taken in our hiring process. Our instructors are some of the most qualified and best teachers in the country. Most of our teachers have bachelors and graduate degrees, are nationally certified, or have vast experience and recognition in their chosen field of dance. Our teachers are also chosen for their ability to relate to the needs of our students.

  1. 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 "floating floor". A floating floor is a dance floor that rests on a system of high-density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping. A high-density foam base is superior to a "sprung" floor, which usually consists of a wood structure built on the regular floor.

  1. What is the size of the class?

Dance classes can be too large! Many studios pack classes in order to earn more money. At HCCD, we understand that smaller classes have many advantages for the student. They allow for more personalized attention and ensure that no fundamental concepts are missed. All of our classes with ages seven years and under have a maximum of eight students to a class. Classes with dancers age eight and up, have a maximum of 12 dancers. The only classes that have more than twelve students are the competitive, show, and higher level classes. The requirements for these teams are different, and the class size is adjusted accordingly.

  1. What will my child be learning…is a set curriculum used?

Unlike many studios where instructors teach whatever they personally decide, HCCD has a proven, set curriculum that each student and teacher follows. This curriculum is broken into levels that build upon each other. Each level contains the needed building blocks for success in later levels. These building blocks are a proven method in turning out strong dancers. All teachers adhere to this curriculum and teach the same principles. Awards are presented to each student at our award ceremonies upon completion of the levels.

  1. 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 classes may suffer as the teacher juggles class instruction and customer services issues at the same time. Many studios 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 costumes or schedules….even if a teacher is occupied. Our school has office staff on hand during all regular class times, so you can get immediate assistance.


Are All Dance Studios the Same?
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Here's why the High Country Conservatory of Dance is the right choice:
High Country Conservatory of Dance
Other Dance Studios
Small Class sizes – Maximum 8 per class for ages 3-7, and a maximum of 12 per class for ages 8 and up.
All Studios are equipped with floating floors which help reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired.
Each studio has full-length mirrors so that dancers can see their feet from any place in the dance floor.
Set Curriculum & Methodology is taught by all instructors..
Evaluation and levels programs sent out every other month to keep students on track, and parents informed of their student's progress.
Choice of recreational, performance, and competition teams.
Wholesome environment
Modest Costumes
Caring & Qualified Instructors
Multiple performance opportunities, recitals and class showings


"Are All Dance Studios the Same? Call us today and discover what sets us apart in Dance Instruction in Northern Colorado"

High Country Conservatory of Dance provides dance classes in Fort Collins and Wellington, CO. Dance instruction include Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Clogging. Professional dance classes are available for everyone from young to old, the inexperienced to professional dancers. Discover today why the (HCCD) High Country Conservatory of Dance is widely recognized as the premiere dance studio in Fort Collins, Loveland and across Northern Colorado.


970-225-0600 High Country Conservatory of Dance - 5112 S. College Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80525
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