Aren'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.