Why am I not allowed to watch class each week?
We have found the children become easily distracted or become very shy and do not gain the most from the lesson with an audience watching. To ensure you still have an opportunity to see what your child is doing in class we invite you into class at the end of each term to view a class in action. We ask that for our children 5 years and under that you remain at the centre either in the waiting area or just outside the hall so should your child need you we can locate you easily.
Why are the classes for 6 year olds and under only 30 minutes long?
Children 6 years and under are developing their ability to concentrate at tasks and when learning new skills that are challenging they will not engage in an activity for as long. After a long day of school learning we understand how quickly young children can become tired. Research has shown the best way for children to learn is through doing an activity, which is why in each lesson we spend little time sitting and much of the time moving our bodies. This level of activity can cause young children to tire quickly and also get hungry meaning they become distracted and disengaged from the learning. A half our class, or two half hour classes back to back has shown to be a sufficient length of time for the students to learn and consolidate new dance movements while also ensuring they do not get overtired or excessively hungry.
My child has never danced before, is it too late for them to start now?
It is never too late to start dancing! If your child is 5, 12 or 17 and would love to join a dance class then we are excited to see them join. All students are placed in classes with their own age group and the lessons are tailored to account for students new to dance at all age levels, including our Adult classes. We can help your child build confidence and learn the basics of dance while being supported by their peers.
Are the students expected to participate in lots of performances?
No performances at Prelude Dance Centre are compulsory, however they do provide your child with an opportunity to develop Performance skills and share their enjoyment of dance with family and friends.
We offer an Annual Performance which will see our students up to 7 years old perform once and our older students perform in up to two performances. Additional performances offered throughout the year include performances at local school fetes and nursing homes, however these are all optional and invitations to perform in these events will be issued well before the event.
Will my child be disadvantaged if they don’t perform?
No, your child will still learn all the same exercises and dances throughout the year even if they don’t perform. There may be times in the final few weeks of rehearsals for the Annual Performance that your child will be asked to sit and watch as those performing rehearse, however this is kept to one run through of the dance per lesson so your child would only be watching for 5 minutes.
Why do you only offer exams to students from 8 years old, Bronze Medal Level?
Offering examinations to students from Bronze Medal level gives us the opportunity to better tailor our Petit Dance, Beginner, Primary and Preparatory classes to the specific needs of the students in that class. The students achieve the appropriate technical standard for their level, however due to the flexibility we have, in not preparing for examinations, we keep each term fresh and interesting for the students with different music and variations. Once children have reached Bronze Medal they have a very good understanding of the foundations of Dance technique, are able to focus better for longer periods of time and are capable of learning dance combinations and remembering them better with less rote learning. This creates an environment where learning examination work provides a positive experience for the children and encourages them to work towards a goal that they can achieve with support from their teacher.
Does my child need to practice at home what they have learned in class?
Generally the answer to this is no, unless they want to. There is no expectation for children to practice what they have learned, unless they are participating in examinations or they are practicing their Performance items.
There is an expectation if students choose to participate in examinations that they practice at home at least once a week to be confident for their examination. This expectation is outlined in the Examination Information pack handed out before your child chooses to participate in the examination process.
Students from Preparatory level are encouraged to practice their performance items to make sure they are confident. This is not always necessary if they have attended each class in the rehearsal weeks, as this provides ample time for learning and refining their performance items.
Does your Centre meet the Child Safe Minimum Standards?
Yes we do. We have a clearly defined and accessible Child Safe Policy including our Code of Conduct, which is issued to every family on enrolment at our Centre. This Policy outlines how our teacher’s and parent’s are responsible for ensuring our children stay safe. The latest version of this document can be found here. This document is reviewed and updated every 6 months to ensure it is current and reflects our practices and expectations of all who attend our Centre. If you have any additions you would like to see in this document please contact us.
In keeping our children safe we also ensure our teachers are first aid trained and they are trained to respond and report suspected abuse. We are committed to ensuring children are given the opportunity to be children and to thrive in an environment that guides and empowers them.
Will I feel left behind if I don’t come each week to Adult Classes?
The Adult classes are structured in a way so you can miss lessons and still are able to keep up at each class you do attend. Obviously there are benefits to attending weekly in that you will improve your technique and fitness faster and be able to push yourself to try the harder versions earlier. We recommend you attend weekly to gain the most from the classes, but also understand that this isn’t always possible with family and work commitments.