Are Private Dance Lessons Better?
Centre Stage has great insight on what kind of dance lessons your child should be taking…
The professional dancers we see on stage all had to start somewhere. For those who were not self-taught, this could’ve been a dance lesson or dance class. If you notice your child has a knack for dance, private lessons or classes are a worthwhile investment. Dance is more than a skill, it’s a fun and beautiful form of self-expression that your child will feel proud of. Dance lessons and dance classes are perfect for dancers six years old and up, but both offer different experiences. Before you decide on one or the other, here are a few things to consider.
The main difference between a dance lesson and class is the amount of attention your child will receive. Dance classes are held in groups; therefore, instructors address the dancers all together and provide individual attention throughout the class. Private dance lessons, on the other hand, allow one-on-one time with an instructor.
With lessons, there is no question whether your child is getting enough attention or direction since only he or she is the focus. But, more attention doesn’t mean a better experience. Children who are social and enjoy meeting others, may find learning in a community of dancers more appealing; whereas, children with introverted personalities may prefer interacting with just an instructor.
Advantages In Private Dance Lessons
Your child’s attitude towards dance may also influence your decision to choose private lessons or classes. All instructors want their students to achieve their dance goals, but in a private setting there is a learning advantage: small mistakes in execution can be corrected on the spot; additional advice can be given, and a supportive relationship can be formed. These are bonuses an ambitious dancer will long for at a point in his or her learning. For beginning stage dancers, a group setting may appear less intimidating. They can, at times, blend in, and slowly develop a love for dance that will motivate them to stand out.
Dance Lessons Are Great For All Children!
Because of personality and preference, your child may be more interested in private classes, or vice versa. Choosing to train in one direction will become limiting over time. Interacting with an instructor one-on-one, and practicing with peers both offer unique learning possibilities. By combining both options, your child will gain the experience needed to be a well-rounded dancer. This includes building confidence, learning how to be seen in a group, and improving discipline. It is important to reflect on your child’s strengths and weaknesses when choosing between private lessons or dance classes, but do not be afraid to introduce a challenge outside of their comfort zone. That is how they’ll grow.