Our Preschool Guarantee!
If your preschool child stops attending class within the first month, the enrollment fee will be credited to the following year.
Our purpose is to provide the highest-quality preschool education in a secure, nurturing, and stimulating environment. Grace Ballet & Acrobatics Studio serves the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of the preschool students. We meet these goals with our age-appropriate curriculum and ongoing communication with parents.
The first few weeks of classes serve as an introductory phase to help students become comfortable with the overall dance experience, the classroom, their teacher, and their classmates.
Right from the beginning we focus on your child’s coordination, listening skills, musical awareness, and developing imagination. We accomplish this through age-appropriate music and song, simple stretching exercises, and different themes throughout the year.
Preschool dance is about helping children learn to tap into their imaginations and express themselves creatively, not necessarily about learning steps (although they are introduced to some basic steps). So don’t be disappointed if your child doesn’t pirouette around the house or look like a budding ballerina right away.
Preschool students perform one dance routine in our annual production and will be able to participate in our winter performance evaluations where you can watch them perform in our studio.
It May Not Be the Right Time
If your child cries or does not want to take class, don’t panic. If we push children and create more stress than they are already experiencing, they may come to perceive dance class as a bad experience. That kind of negativity could make them apprehensive about dance for a long time, which isn’t good for anyone involved. Never force your child into the classroom.
If your child stops attending class within the first month, the enrollment fee will be credited to the following year. We encourage you to have your child try again next year.
We recommend that children be encouraged to practice at home but not forced to do so. Repetition is one of the key elements for success with preschool dance students; the more they practice, the more confident they will feel. Practicing with your child allows you to join in the dance experience.
The process of separating from the parent as the child attends dance class is an important accomplishment for preschool children.
As children mature, they begin to identify themselves as independent personalities. In separating from you, the parent, your child is learning
to develop an interest in the activities of the dance class;
to feel comfortable with other children in the class;
to understand that his/her parent will come back and pick him/her up;
to understand that all parents leave their children and come back for them.
It is important to know that at times young children will explore the limits of attending dance class and say they don’t want to go. This period may occur anytime, but it is usually short- lived. Here are some suggestions that might help you handle the situation:
Emphasize what the child is doing at the dance class rather than what you do while he/she is in class.
Before you leave, see that the child is involved in an activity or is in the hands of a teacher.
Avoid prolonged good-byes.
Ask the teacher for help in separation. We expect the crying (and usually the tears are for the parent’s benefit).