What to expect at your child’s first class
Expect a settling in and adjustment period
While some children may jump in feet first and leave their inhibitions at the door, for many of our little dancers, (particularly in our younger classes) the process of joining in is much slower.
Not only is their teacher someone brand new that they’ve never met before, they are also in a new environment and expected to participate in an activity that is most probably structured differently to any other class they may have participated in before. Chances are your child will take a little while to settle in – sometimes it can even take up to 4 weeks to fully participate.
We as teachers have experienced this so often and it’s important to remember that this is a completely natural reaction and process.
Don't be disappointed
Please don’t be upset or disappointed if your child does not jump straight into the action and show us all their moves at their first class. Even though your child may not be participating in the way you had hoped for their first class, they are busy observing and absorbing. Before you know it they will be joining in and anticipating each activity in the class before your teacher even gets to it!
What can I do to help?
On the day of your child’s first class try aim to arrive approximately 5 minutes before the class (try not to be much earlier than that as your child will arrive expecting to dance straight away) to give them a chance to be introduced to their teacher and their new friends. For our littlest dancers who still have parents assist them in their class, the idea with the first class is more of a chance for the parent to see what the class is all about so that they can encourage and help their child in future classes.
Praise is key! A well timed round of applause and quick cuddle can do wonders for your child’s confidence and willingness to participate in the class. Our teachers are great at pointing out the perfect moment for these!