Welcome to the Laurel Ballet Academy family!
We’re so excited to see your child learn, grow, and enjoy the beautiful art of dance. This makes YOU a bonified Dance Parent! We’d love to share four things with you that will answer some of your questions and help navigate the world of dance for both you and your child.
- Our levels dictate the leotard color your child will wear. Along with the leotard, students always wear pink tights in every class. Following the dress code allows the teachers to see the student’s alignment and body placement while performing the exercises in class. Hair must be pulled back in a neat bun with all hair off the face. Bobby pins, clips, hair gel/spray, and hair nets are common items used to create a ballet bun for our classes
- It’s a common misconception that new ballet students will soon get their first pair of pointe shoes. This could not be further from the truth. The muscles needed to safely dance in pointe shoes take years of consistent training to achieve. Due to the strain dancing in pointe shoes places on bones and muscles, it’s important to make sure that a student’s body (especially the feet and ankles) has had time to develop. This, along with necessary strength, helps prevent injury.
- The level of a dancer is determined by their skill, strength, consistency, artistry, and ability to keep proper alignment while performing steps. The higher the level, the more classes a week a student will take in order to maintain and build their skill and strength (also known as “Technique”). Training increases over time, from 1 day a week for beginners, to multiple days a week for intermediate and advanced dancers.
- There are many factors that go into putting together and running a performance. This is where you as a Dance Parent get to shine! A successful performance requires parent assistance and volunteers in order to run smoothly. You will receive information about volunteer needs as the Spring Recital draws nearer.
- When recital day comes, make sure to have an extra pair of tights available in case the other pair gets a run or hole. An extra pair of shoes is also helpful in case one gets lost. Travel size sewing kits come in handy for impromptu tacking and other last minute sewing needs. You never know when a strap may come undone.
We hope that this information will help you on your way to being an amazing Dance Parent. It’s an exciting journey! Please let us know if you have any questions. If you’re an experienced Dance Parent with helpful tips of your own, please share them in the comments below. We’re all in this together!