Welcome to the club, dance moms and dads! Now that you’ve formally signed your child up for lessons and you’ve gotten all the pertinent information about the season, you are officially a dance parent at Studio 56 Dance Center!
Being a dance parent here is a little bit like being in a secret society; there’s this new lingo to learn and a whole culture that you are now a part of. Here’s the inside scoop on what you need to know for your new status as an Studio 56 Dance Center mom or dad:
Study up on your dancewear vocab. A leotard is a form-fitting bodysuit that dancers wear to class, and tights are worn underneath (kinda like pantyhose). Tights and leotards take the place of underwear, make sure to take those off before putting on their tights! Ballet shoes are usually pink and should fit snugly on your child’s feet; don’t buy them with room to grow! Tap shoes are the noisy ones, and jazz shoes look a little like slip-on ballet shoes, except with a small heel.
Practice how to do a bun. A bun is a hairstyle we recommend for most classes, as it allows students to move freely without getting hair in their face. Our favorite method can be found in our tutorial video HERE. A quick Google or YouTube search will give you oodles of tutorials to choose from—or just ask us! We can give you a demo right here in the lobby.
Pack a dance bag. Dance shoes, a water bottle, extra dancewear, and hair supplies … all of these things belong in your child’s dance bag. (Avoid allowing your child to wear their dance shoes outside; it’s damaging.) Be sure to label everything with your child’s name or initials!
Learn about the recital. At Studio 56 Dance Center, we offer an opportunity every year for our students to perform. The recital, as it’s commonly known, is when each class performs a routine onstage and in costume, and family and friends watch the show from the audience. Stay tuned all year to our emails and handouts for all the need-to-know recital info!
Introduce yourself to the other parents. We love building a community of like-minded moms and dads who understand our culture and enjoy having their children involved in dance. Our super-friendly dance parents are some of the best people we know, so we encourage you to introduce yourself in the lobby. Share stories, find carpools, plan playdates, or ask about their personal experiences at Studio 56 Dance Center!
Being a dance parent is pretty awesome but being a dance parent at Studio 56 Dance Center is even better! We hope this primer serves you well and helps you feel welcome at the studio. We’re glad you’re here!
We are excited to offer our students a chance to join us from their home stage for a LIVE online class in a format that will allow students to get direct feedback from instructors! We are so glad we can continue learning together in an interactive setting.
We will be streaming our classes on Zoom! It’s easy! Clear out space at home to allow for movement, have your device set up, access the Zoom link provided in your upcoming classes on the Parent Portal and we’ll do the rest!
Computer- Click on your class access link in the parent portal and then click “launch zoom” (If this is your first time using Zoom, you’ll be prompted to download a small executable file.)
Space to dance- large enough to move around a little, but not much is required.
An open mind! This is a new experience for all involved! Let’s encourage our students to look for the positives and opportunities for growth.
HOW TO JOIN YOUR CLASS:
Make sure you have an internet connection and are using a device that allows for both video and audio.
Login into the parent portal, first time logging in? No problem, select forgot my password to finish setting up your account.
Scroll down to “upcoming classes” and select the hyperlink under location. Then click “launch zoom” (If this is your first time using Zoom, you’ll be prompted to download a small executable file).
When joining us check that your CAMERA IS ON and your MICROPHONE IS MUTED. Having multiple mics open created feedback noise making it hard to hear instruction.
When the class is over, click “Leave” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Then click “Leave Meeting” and you’ll exit out of the classroom.
HELPFUL TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CLASS:
Three minutes before your scheduled class, click the link and join the group. Arriving early will give you time to troubleshoot any issues you may come across.
Please keep your video-enabled so your teacher can interact with you.
Clear the space you are dancing in. Remove any household items, obstacles or hazards that could potentially harm you or those around you. Avoid slippery surfaces.
Wear your dance clothing!
Can’t see yourself? Make sure you enable your video by clicking the video icon so there is no slash through it.
If your technology isn’t working, try closing all media players because they can interfere (iTunes, GooglePlay, etc) and then restart your computer.
Calls often get dropped but don’t worry- just click on the same link and rejoin.
We can’t wait to see you and experience this new way of learning! Your continued dedication to our mission to provide your child with invaluable life skills through dance ensures we can continue doing the work we do.
If you have any questions, please reach out. We are here and ready to help!