By Stephanie Phillips


Dance is an art form that has been around for thousands of years. People have always moved their bodies to music as a way of expressing themselves. Children love dancing as it allows them to burn energy and be creative at the same time. If you have a young dancer who wants to take lessons, here are some tips that will help you choose a great Canadian school of dance Ottawa.

While you want to make sure that your children have fun when they are learning you will also want to make sure they are safe. Ensuring that any dance teacher has the proper training and knows how to teach your children in a way that reduces any chance of injury. If your child wants to take a class such as acrodance where the students are performing acrobatic tricks you can see why this is such an important thing to think about.

If you are the parent of a very young child who would like to learn how to dance you might want to think about a creative movement class or one that may teach some steps but also involves play or other fun activities. This will help keep a child entertained and interested at a time when they may not be ready for a more structured style of class.

If you have a child who has been taking classes for a while and are looking for a new school, you may want to look for ones that allow students to take exams and progress through formally learning a set array of steps. Teacher that follow a specific syllabus or instructional series can help your child progress at a safe and age appropriate rate.

You should think about whether you want your child to focus on one style of dance or if you think that they would have more fun learning several different styles. If you do want your son or daughter to learn a number of different dance styles, choosing a school that offers those classes is a good idea. They will be more understanding if there is a course conflict and that way you are not trying to balance several different schedules.

Some children will want to compete and there are many competitions available in the Ottawa area. A number of schools will want to attend these events and they can be great ways for your child to watch other kids in action. If this is an experience you would like your child to have, make sure that the school that you are considering has a competitive team.

It may take some time to sort through the available schools. Most will start their classes in the fall but some will offer summer sessions as well. If you are considering a school you could always sign your child up for summer sessions in order to find out if it is a good fit for your son or daughter's personality and learning style.

If your child has a good experience at a dance school it may just be the start of a long and beautiful relationship with this art form. Be encouraging, choose the right instructor and you may just find that you have a rising star on your hands.




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