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How to Pick a Good Dance School

"The Dance Class" by Edgar Degas, 1874

So you took a few dance classes and had a great time with it. Now it’s time to take it to the next level! Picking a good dance school isn’t easy. There are tons of programs out there and they’re all very different. First, pick which genre works best for you. Then it’s onto the hard stuff:

  1. Reputation. A school with respect within the dance community is key in finding gigs after school.
  2. Find a studio where you feel comfortable, yet challenged. Pick a welcoming and comforting environment, but with older dancers to look up to who will challenge you.
  3. Check out the studio itself. Make sure you aren’t going to be dancing inside a janitor’s closet on cold concrete floors. Studios should be cushioned, well-equipped and have lots of space to move. Check to see that they offer smaller dance class sizes, usually around 10-20 students.

  4. The philosophy of the studio and its owners. Choose a studio with a philosophy that works for you. Does the school aim to teach correct technique or does it teach that dancing should be enjoyed? Does the school have a lucrative business?

  5. Great teachers. Just because the teachers have extensive resumés doesn’t mean they can work well with students and have the patience to train. Just because you speak English well doesn’t mean you can teach English, right? Get feedback from students and alumni or ask to sit in during a class to check out the school’s teaching style.
  6. Check out the alumni Where are they now, running the show or box office? Research the alumni and find out whether their education played a valuable role in their careers.

  7. The department. If you’re choosing a dance program at a university, consider the faculty and reputation of the dance or theater department at the school.

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2 Responses to “How to Pick a Good Dance School”


  1. 1 Carol Klinger
    October 14, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    This was really helpful in changing studios for my daughter who is now 10. We did not feel she was being challenged enough, and wanted a more serious studio. so I did more research and looked for stronger teachers as opposed so a more expensive “trendy” studio. She is growing more and more each class and we could not be happier!


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