The first step to becoming a successful dancer is making a solid commitment to your classes. Strong technique is a key ingredient and class is where you develop that technique. Come to each class prepared to learn and without personal distractions.
Class time is your chance to focus on yourself, so try to leave your concerns or worries at the studio door. True progress is made when you look at each class as an opportunity to become better at what you love to do. Dance full-out, stretch a little farther, become more aware of your technique, and make the most of every class. Our studio is a safe place for you to be yourself.
Respect for the teachers is essential. Listen to each correction given, whether it’s directed at you or another dancer. A correction is an honour; it shows you how much a teacher cares about your progress.
Nothing can stop those students who apply themselves in every class and appreciate their teachers’ knowledge and experience.
We believe that children’s success depends on the support of their parents or guardians. Our programs rely on a positive atmosphere and educational experience for our students and their parents. Cooperation between all parents is expected.
Showing respect—for other parents, the students, and our staff — makes an important impression on the children. You are a role model for your child on how to interact with others in a professional setting.
Some parents may compare their child’s progress or class placement to another child’s. Watch for this behaviour in your children as well and encourage them to focus instead on their own accomplishments. Looking to other students for inspiration is good; however, making negative comparisons distracts children from focusing on becoming stronger dancers.
Your child’s attendance at all classes is imperative. The spirit of teamwork and the lesson of dedication are a big part of our studio’s education process.
Parents and teachers may look at a child’s learning from different perspectives. However, we believe they share a common goal: to ensure that every child receives the best possible training, both physically and mentally. Mutual respect among our staff and our students’ parents provides the children with the ultimate care and education.
With a focus on fun, technique, versatility and excellence, Melissa’s Dance Studio and our team of fully qualified staff are committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment where students are encouraged to work hard and develop a love of the performing arts.
We believe that dance training encourages young people to develop a positive self-image. Along with improving coordination skills and developing muscular awareness, dance classes give children the freedom to express themselves through movement whilst learning valuable lessons about respect, commitment, discipline and team work.
The highest educational standards are expected from all MDS staff members. They are lifelong learners who continue to educate themselves through certification programs, teacher-training schools, conferences, online courses and other learning opportunities.
At MDS, our classes are designed to stimulate the enjoyment of dance while laying an important foundation for further training. As the student advances, the variety and intensity of the class work increases. Optional exams in ballet, tap and jazz give students markers of their progress and can lead to internationally-recognised qualifications.
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