What Should My Child Wear?
Petite Ballroom dress code is for:
- Girls - Pink Tutu Leotard and Ballet Slippers, both available for purchase through “Petite Ballroom.”
- Boys - Black pants/leggings, white T-shirt and ballet slippers (only slippers available for purchase through “Petite Ballroom”)
Why Is There A Dress Code?
- A dress code ensures that a teacher will be able to see a dancer’s alignment and positioning, as well as a dancer's mistakes. Baggy clothing can mask bad habits, making corrections impossible. Pink or light-colored tights make the lines of the legs visible. Ballet slippers ensure proper grip on the dance floor and prevent injuries.
- A dress code will teach students discipline, helping with overall focus and energy. By "dressing the part," dancers feel like dancers. Dress codes can also create unity among the dancers instead of causing a few dancers to stand out, much like a school uniform policy. Dress codes go a long way in minimizing distractions, and help give classes a unified look.
Why Should I Choose This Class?
Because your child deserves the best!!! There is simply no other program like “Petite Ballroom.” We are revolutionary, because:
- We blend classical ballet with ballroom dancing from the very first class. Your child will not only learn proper terminology in French, English and Spanish, but will also be able to apply the concepts across dance disciplines.
- We teach children as young as 14 months. We believe children learn earlier than previously imagined. If your child can imitate others, they can learn to dance. Classes are so much fun, little dancers don’t even notice how they learn. They are just busy having a blast!
Would My Child Learn Anything, Or Is This Just For Fun?
“Petite Ballroom” is an educational class, not an entertainment class. While your child is guaranteed to have a blast, the program is designed to incrementally teach steps, rhythms and basic moves pertaining to both ballroom and ballet dance. The class is fast paced, so children don’t get bored. We alternate fast with slow songs and use props to keep them entertained and to better illustrate the various rhythms they are learning. We are not only dancers, but also mothers, so we understand the challenges of teaching little ones. After spending many hours designing, testing and tweaking the syllabus and sequence of songs with the help of our own children, we have arrived at what we consider to be the best program on the market.
Should My Son Take Dance?
Yes! It is equally important for boys to have the same opportunity to learn rhythm & timing, coordination, classroom etiquette and an appreciation for the performing arts. Dance will increase strength and flexibility, building a strong, healthy body that will help with all future sports programs and activities he undertakes.
My Child Does Nothing But Watch During Class? Should I Worry?
GREAT question! This was a big concern of ours as well, given that our own children would just sit and watch us while we were dancing up a storm. They were recklessly running around the studio, seemingly not paying any attention. What a surprise we were in for! As soon as we got home they started showing us all they have learned. Not only were they able to dance many of the steps, but also perform them on cue! So rest assured your child is indeed like a little sponge, hungry for learning and quietly absorbing everything around them.
Why Is Ballroom Dancing So Important To Dancers?
Social ballroom dance is the mother of all dancing. Many of today's performing dance forms, including ballet and jazz dance, evolved from social dance forms.
Ballroom dance teaches manners, the ability to coordinate, cooperate, relate, negotiate and partner with others. Ballroom dance teaches presentation. Ballroom dance teaches grace and beauty Ballroom dance is a valuable skill a person can use throughout life in social and business settings.
Why Is Ballet So Important To Dancers?
Ballet is the foundation of all other dance forms. Ballet builds a beautiful, graceful, strong, coordinated body. Ballet technique is written in French, the traditional language of dance. By learning the correct terminology, each movement will be easier to execute and choreography is more easily remembered.
Congratulations to you, parents, for giving your child a chance to build a beautiful, strong, healthy body and mind through the art of dance.
What Are The Benefits Of Dance Beyond The Dance Studio?
It is well known that dancers succeed in life and are a preferred by employers because of the various skills and artistic and emotional learning they have gained. Below is a short list:
- Dancers are flexible and adaptable in both mind and body. They are used to learning new and different choreography and “getting into character.”
- Dancers are hard workers and disciplined. They do everything full out and to their best potential, 100% of the time.
- Dancers are fun to be around and make friends easily. Dancers are driven. They know how to focus on one thing. They are also excellent at giving motivational speeches, since they have to continually boost their spirits through the ups and downs of training.
- Dancers are passionate. They love what they do - and we love that other people love what they do, too.
- Dancers are punctual.
- Dancers are very good role models.
- Dancers are tolerant. They can see the world through a thousand different eyes. The dance world is filled with all sorts of races and sexualities and frankly, we just don't care. It's cool to build relationships with all sorts of people.
- Dancers make connections on a deep, soul level and learn a lot about people. Dancers love to learn and are naturally curious. They are fearless and creative.
- Dancers are well rounded. They like to try new things and go way out of their comfort zones. It makes life pretty interesting for them and others in their lives.
- Dancers are really competitive, but can handle rejection. Dance is like a series of "no's." In class, on stage or in a competition, they become resilient after hearing “no” a billion times. They develop the important ability to pick themselves up and say: "Okay. Let's go work on it some more."
May I Use My Cell Phone During Class?
In order to ensure proper concentration and participation in class, please, put your cell phone on silent mode. If you must make/take a phone call, kindly do so outside of the ballroom and, please, take your child with you for the duration of your call.
Are There Any Breaks During Class?
Since the class has a continuous sequence of songs and exercises that build upon one another, there are no official bathroom breaks. However, should you wish to use the restroom or need a snack, please, feel free to quietly leave the ballroom and return whenever you/your child feel ready. Water is allowed on the dance floor.