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 Diamond School of Dance!
Being a dance parent here is AWESOME! Here’s the inside scoop on what you need to know for your new status as a Diamond School of Dance dance mom or dad:
Study up on your dancewear vocab. A leotard is the form-fitting bodysuit that dancers wear to class, and tights are worn underneath (kinda like pantyhose). Ballet shoes are usually pink and should fit snugly on your child’s feet! Tap shoes are the noisy ones, and jazz shoes look a little like slip-on ballet shoes, except with a small heel. Our dancers wear awesome silver sequin hip-hop shoes. Need help getting all your gear? We carry a full line of dance wear, dance shoes and everything your child needs at our onsite dance boutique, Premier Dancewear LLC!
Practice how to do a bun. A bun is the hairstyle we recommend for most classes, as it allows students to move freely without getting hair in their face. 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 Diamond School of Dance, 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 Diamond School of Dance.
Being a dance parent is pretty awesome! We hope this primer serves you well and helps you and your dancer get started at DSD. We’re glad you’re here!
Preparing for Your Child’s First Dance Class
Your child’s first dance class at Diamond School of Dance is on the calendar and it’s all your child can talk about … what they’re going to wear, who they’re going to meet, what they’re going to do. It’s seemingly endless anticipation!
We know how exciting it is for you and your child to get ready for their first dance class. Sometimes it can feel a little overwhelming too—like learning a whole new “dance language” for this new adventure! Rest assured that the feeling is normal, and we’re here to make sure you feel informed and organized for that first class. Check out our easy recommendations for being as prepared as possible for the big day:
2-4 weeks before:
- Read through Diamond School of Dance’s welcome email and review the dress code.
- Obtain the correct dancewear and shoes
- Check the schedule to confirm your child’s class day and time
1-2 weeks before:
- Visit us at the studio with your child (if you haven’t already!)
- Talk with your child about what it will be like to listen to the teacher and meet new friends
- Practice getting dressed for dance class
On the day of:
- Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early so your child doesn’t feel rushed
- Leave any jewelry or toys at home
- Pack your child’s dance shoes in a bag so they are not worn outside
Remember that your child might feel anxious before the first class, and that’s OK! Our teachers will put them at ease and make sure they feel welcome in the studio. Keep reassuring your little one that it’s normal to feel nervous before trying something new, and that you’re proud of them for making the effort.
In our experience at Diamond School of Dance, most students take time to “warm-up” to the routine of coming to dance class, and it may take them a few weeks to feel completely comfortable. Some students, of course, jump right in with no hesitation! We love them all the same and are equipped to support them either way. No matter what, we look forward to seeing your little one in class soon!