If you’re like most parents, you’ve noticed your toddler developing their dance skills in a slow progression. Sometimes, your toddler starts to “bop” to the latest tune, move their bodies to the radio, or clap their hands—sometimes to the beat, and sometimes not.
Studies show that these kinds of movements may be hard-wired into us, which is why we start “dancing” as young as 6 months old!
In other words, if you’ve been doing quick searches for “toddler dance classes near me,” you’re far from alone! Getting your bouncing toddler into a dance class can set them up for a fun learning experience—but it can also leave you with a lot of questions. If you’re not sure where to start with your sign-up, take a quick look at some of our most frequently asked questions about our classes for young dancers.
How Do I Know My Toddler Is Ready?
This is one of the most common questions we get from parents hoping to enroll their toddler in dance class. We’ve written about the best age to start dancing in depth, but the bottom line is this: the best way to know that your toddler is ready is when they’ve started showing interest in dancing.
Every child’s personality is different, and we’ve had the pleasure of teaching a huge range of young learners of preschool age and older. (Note, of course, that students must have reached a certain age by the time of enrollment according to your selected class.)
What sets the best young learners apart from the rest is that they’re excited to learn to dance, and they’ve already developed the listening and attention skills to do so. They should also have basic control of their movements. These skills ensure that even the youngest students have plenty of fun while learning to express themselves through movement.
Which Dance Classes Should My Toddler Take?
Whether you’re interested in contemporary, ballet, or hip-hop dance classes, we encourage parents to consider placing their toddlers in our Youngest Dancers classes. This range of interactive classes gives students exposure to the rhythm and coordination skills they’ll need to move to music, exploring their new talents with their new friends.
Can I Watch or Join the Toddler Dance Classes?
Parents with children of any age can watch our classes! We have a lobby area downstairs with viewing windows and closed-circuit TVs to make it easier to watch your young learner blossom.
In addition, for parents interested in participating, we offer Mommy & Me classes. These courses let caregivers support and comfort their young learners as they gain confidence on the dance floor.
What Should My Toddler Wear to Class?
Although we love seeing our adorable young students in frilly tutus and sparkly outfits, we ask parents to follow our dress code, which includes practical dance attire that will help young learners to move as instructed. Check the listing for the class you’re considering or contact us for specific information.
What Should We Bring to Class?
For young learners, it’s always a good idea to bring a spare change of clothes in case of ripping or tearing. This is an extra good idea if you’re still working on potty training together!
In the same vein, consider packing any extra hair supplies you might need—like a brush, hair ties, or bobby pins—in case all of the creative dance moves start creating flyaways!
Last, but not least, don’t forget to also pack a bottle of water and a small, healthy snack in case hunger strikes during or after class.
What Do Toddlers Learn in Class?
Our toddler classes are designed to help young learners understand a few dance basics, but we’re also helping them get used to the routine of moving their bodies to express themselves through music. In other words, you’ll find that we’re just as focused on creating a supportive, fun, and participatory environment as we are on teaching new skills!
We’ll have our young learners get used to the routine of listening and learning, stretching and warmups, and basic movements. We’ll also work our way through choreographed dance routines using fun classical favorites like Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.
How Can I Support My Toddler Outside of Class?
There are a few ways parents can help reinforce the skills and routines toddlers are learning in class.
First, make sure to talk with your toddler about what they should expect before the first class, including what they will wear, bring, and do. You can also encourage them to ask any questions they may have about the class. Feel free to bring your toddler by the studio so they can see it beforehand!
After the first lessons, encourage your young dancer to show off the skills and routines they’re learning in class. Revisiting them at home can give toddlers the chance to practice their routines.
Will There Be a Recital?
Absolutely! All independent classes have graduation recitals, and parents and friends are invited to watch. Check the information page for your chosen class for specific dates.
Reach Out for More Info on Our Dance Classes for Kids
Hopefully, these quick insights on our toddler dance classes have made you feel more comfortable about trusting us with your budding dancer!
If you’re interested in general information on all of our classes, including logistical questions on missed classes, registration, tuition, and more, check out our general FAQ page. If you have further questions on our toddler dance classes specifically, we’re happy to answer them! Get in touch with us for more information.