Being Prepared For Your First Dance Class


There is nothing more exciting than your first day of dance class, whether you have been dancing for years or it is your very first time! We love watching a new round of excited dancers and dance families walk through the studio doors at the start of a new season and catching up with our dancers who have become part of our family after a long summer break.

Your child’s first dance class is a BIG deal! For some students it may be the first time they have taken a class independently from their parents. Students may feel both excited and a little nervous- perfectly normal!

Parents, students, and teachers all have expectations about how that first class should go. At Melrose Dance Academy, we want to ensure that your child’s first dance experience is positive and exceeds your expectations! We realize what a special milestone a child’s first dance class is.

We’ve put together some suggestions on how to prepare for your child’s first class and what to expect. We hope these suggestions will help both you and your dancer to feel confident! We want to help all of our dance families to be successful.

How to Prepare:

  1. Read through the dress code and purchase the required items well in advance. Looking the part sets the tone! Dancers that have the right clothing and shoes will feel more confident. Try these things on well in advance to make sure everything fits properly and also allow your dancer to get comfortable. Dance clothes feel different than street clothes.

    Melrose Dance Academy recommends On Your Toes in Peabody for all your dancer’s needs. This store is great when looking to purchase items as far as new shoes, tights, leotards and much more for your child. You can find contact information and more in the link below:

  2. Visit the studio before the first day. If at all possible, attend an open house event. Show your dancer the studio they will be dancing in and point out where you will be waiting while they are in class. This is especially helpful for younger dancers. Give them an opportunity to get familiar with a new environment!

  3. Talk about what is going to happen. Pump your dancer up! Talk about what they will wear. Let them know they will be taking a dance class where they are going to learn and have fun. Remind them of how important it is that they are good listeners. Talk about how proud you will be of them when they are done!

  4. Bring them to dance with their leotard and tights already on. Trust us! Struggling getting tights on a young child is a task best completed at home.

  5. Arrive a few minutes early. Rushing is the last thing you want to do! Give your child enough time to get their shoes changed, use the restroom if needed, and get excited for class!

  6. Read through the studio guidelines and policies. Become familiar with the studio and know what to expect. We are always happy to answer any questions you might have!

We are excited to begin a whole new dance season and warmly welcome you into our dance family! It’s going to be a great year!

Amanda Bruno