Our Mission is that together we can give your child a strong foundation in which they can grow as dancers and find success in whatever field they pursue as adults. We feel open communication between a parent and teacher is essential. A child's emotional well being is just as important to us as their level of dance. You as a parent know if your child is struggling with an issue that can affect their dance performance and communicating with the teacher will give them an understanding as to the sensitivity shown as to not frustrate them but give them a comfort zone.We have adopted the following guidelines along with the great dance technique when working with our dancers.
- VALIDATE THE CHILD'S COMMITMENT TO DANCE:
All children must feel directed and productive. While progress may occasionally stall their commitment to dance can be honored and respected.
-ALLOW THE DANCERS VOICES TO BE HEARD:
By listening, the instructor lets the student know that their thoughts are valid and worthy of being heard. The instructor may not always agree with the opinion of the child but can provide a safe environment in which a child can learn to express themselves in a clear and appropriate manner.
-TO BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL IN THE USE OF EFFECTIVE COPING SKILLS:
Validate dancers when they make use of refocusing skills, breathing, time-out, etc. In order to excel, dancers will need to develop fairly advanced coping skills at a young age.
-EMPHASIZE TO DANCERS THE IMPORTANCE OF BALANCING THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS WITH WHAT THEY KNOW ABOUT THEMSELVES:
We teach our dancers to consider the opinions of those important to them along with their own ideas; this prevents them from rejecting useful information or becoming compliant. They will learn to reframe failures and mistakes as opportunities for learning and to teach them to process successful and unsuccessful and performances in a productive manner.