First week back

Hello

It has been a great week back and really nice to see all of the students.

We have had many new students move into the studio and we are working hard on the schedule to get it organized to best suit the needs of our student body. It is hard to know where students need to be placed when we don’t know their experience and training. This is why we have a 2 week grace period.

Even many of our own students change over the summer months.  Children grow, strengthen, some take extra classes, workshops and cover material into the next season and beyond.  Every family makes decisions for themselves.  We try our best to do what is right for each individual child.

I met with Miss Haley last night, meet with Mikaela and Sydney today and Nina tomorrow.

The school faculty does meet regularly 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. Often a child is placed in a particular group or class where he or she will feel confident, in order to develop his or her self-esteem. Some dancers who are placed in a higher level become discouraged, only to lose their passion for dance. Others respond to the challenge of being in a class with dancers who are more proficient by pushing themselves to work harder. Placement is highly individual and the factors that go into the decision are complex.

Looking to other students for inspiration is good; however, making negative comparisons distracts children from focusing on becoming stronger dancers. In addition, speaking negatively about your child’s teachers, fellow students, or other parents in front of your child, or other students, could result in problems far beyond your original concerns. Often children will imitate a parent’s behavior with other adults or authority figures.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s dance education (such as progress or class placement), please discuss them with your child’s teacher or the director. Talking only to other parents can lead to misinformation and confusion. Please contact the school office to set up an appointment; do not approach your child’s teacher or the director between or during classes or make contact outside of the school.

If you do request a conference, please listen carefully to what your child’s teachers have to say. They spend a significant amount of time with your child and offer expertise in the field of dance education.

We will work together as a team to be certain your child’s best interest is first and foremost, and not compare them to any of the other students in the school.  Each child is an individual and has individual strengths and weaknesses that we want to continue to grow and strengthen.

Please watch for an updated class schedule.

Very Best Regards,

Vanessa

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