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Understanding Dance Education
As a parent, you play an important role in supporting your student. Please encourage your child to be the best that he or she can be regardless of what others may achieve. Dance is an individual art form and children need to be allowed to achieve at a pace that’s comfortable. No two students will progress at the same rate, even if they experience the exact same training. It’s important to encourage children to focus on themselves, give their all, and be satisfied with their own accomplishments. Not all children will develop into professional dancers. One of the primary goals of our faculty is to teach life lessons and skills that offer children the best chance for success. Dance education encompasses far more than technique and the steps your children learn. We believe the discipline of dance training gives young people a better understanding of commitment through learning, experiencing the spirit of teamwork, and discovering
what they can accomplish through hard work. Our goal is to educate the minds, bodies, and souls of our students, teaching them the skills needed for a successful life, whether or not they stay involved in dance.
The teachers meet to discuss the students’ progress and/or placement. It is our policy to offer appropriate opportunities to every child. Placement decisions are derived from many years of teaching experience. Our placement recommendations are always with the students best interest in mind. We want to place them where we think they will grow the most as dancers. Placement is highly individual and the factors that go into the decision are complex.
Our viewing windows allow observation in all of our classrooms. Please refrain from giving your child instruction through our viewing window. It takes the child’s attention away from the teacher and is distracting to other dancers. Also, please ask siblings not to disrupt class.
Parents must notify the director/and or teachers regarding children who use an inhaler or who may require medications during their time at Adams School of Dance. It is also important to inform the director and/or teachers about your child’s existing medical conditions or learning disabilities at the time of registration and throughout the school year. Our teachers are trained professionals who are anxious to work with all children and personalities, and the more we know about your child, the better the dance experience will be for all involved. All information about our students is confidential.
We work hard to make the dance experience organized and fun. Keeping you informed is one of our primary goals. Please read all newsletters and other school information. If you have any questions regarding the information distributed, we encourage you to contact the office at 618.277.1600 or e-mail at