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How to Effectively Sort Out Problems With Your Child’s Dance Teacher

Recently I have had a few small but contentious issues arise regarding dance costume fees, music choices and hostile dance moms. These small dilemmas were stressing me out and I was worried about how to approach my daughters dance teacher so that we could effectively resolve each problem. Having been a dance teacher and as a dance mom: The best …

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What is a Dance Parent Contract and is it Legally Binding?

Dance parent contracts are becoming more and more common at dance schools especially when signing your children onto dance teams. So what are they and are they legally binding? A dance parent contract is a written agreement signed by both you and your dance studio in which you commit to uphold responsibilities such as: paying for lessons and costumes on …

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How many years of dance or ballet does it take to be a professional?

Ballerinas and dancers train for many years to master their craft. So how many years of training might it take your child to become a professional dancer or ballerina? On average it takes 9 years of disciplined training to become a professional dancer. This is based on a dancer becoming serious at age 9 and turning pro at 18. Becoming …

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How many dance classes should my 5 year old take?

Many dance schools offer a smorgasbord of classes and lessons for young kids to attend which can leave parents confused as to just how many dance classes they should be enrolling their child into? At the age of five, attending one dance lesson per week is ideal. The research states that in general there are no amount of dance classes a five …

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Should my kid wear underpants, under their dance leotards and costumes?

The instructions in the photo above were posted on the wall in the dressing room at my four and nine year old daughters dance concert. Being a dancer I didn’t think twice about the Ballet Tights (no underwear) instructions, but another mother wasn’t comfortable with it, which made me realize there are probably other parents wondering why their dance teacher …

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Fat Ballerina – Your child doesn’t have the Ballet body for dance! Now What?

So your child doesn’t meet the insanely difficult requirements that need to be met physically to become a prima ballerina….but they L.O.V.E. ballet. They think about ballet, they dream about ballet, ballet is their life…..and among other things you are worried they are going to pass up on higher education in pursuit of their passion…. worried because they just don’t …

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How to help kids and teens lose weight to get a ballet body!

Your child loves to dance. They love ballet or they might be into hip hop, jazz, tap or even ballroom dancing. The thing is the baby fat you always hoped would shift with all this extra activity they are doing is not moving. Now generally you would have no problem with that, you love your kid just the way they are! But your child loves to dance and the basic fact of the whole matter is that although the dance world is a creative, exciting and wonderful world to be a part of they are starting to take it more seriously then a hobby. Unfortunately you are finding that if your body doesn’t fit the mold of what a dancer ‘should’ look like then the world of dance can be a cruel world of exclusivity that doesn’t include you.
So what do you do as the parent?

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RAD Ballet Class Award Vs Exam – A helpful explanation for parents.

Class Awards are a fairly new form of assessment for the Royal Academy of Dance and there can be a fair bit of confusion amongst parents and student about them. This article covers the basics of how they are different and answers the question of one worried mother whose teacher is registering her daughter for the Class Award and not the Exam like her peers.

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Dance Class near me, School, Studio, how to choose the best?

Not everyone puts a lot of thought into choosing a dance school for their child generally they choose the closest school to them or the one their childs friend attends. But considering most kids stay with a dance school for 10 or more years, possibly costing you more than it would a brand new car over that time, shouldn’t you …