We are very excited to welcome your little one to our Twinkle BTJ Dance program. We look forward to seeing all of our beautiful little dancers all dressed in pink and lilac! We know that as a parent you have a vision for how you think the first day will go.
I am writing this letter in order to give you some ideas of how it might go, and how it might not. You may take this advice for whatever it is worth to you. All children are different and react differently in situations. Usually a brand new 2 to 5 year old will cling to mom as they walk in the studio door, as they are unaware of their environment. Everything to them is new. Please arrive with their tap shoes on and bring their ballet shoes in a bag with their name on it ( no worries if you don’t have them yet, hard sole shoes and socks will be perfect until they arrive).
On the first day in order to get them acclimated to their new teacher and environment we will be doing a Mummy and me class. Separation anxiety is one of the most common issues on the first day, you may overcome this by explaining to your child before they arrive that mommy is invited to dance with them this week but next week they will be big girls and mommy will watch them through the window during the class and that mommy won’t leave during the duration of the class.
Our Twinkle BTJ Dance class is designed as a teacher/child class. Our policy in our Amelia Island Location is that all parents can be in the lobby when class is in session or let us know that they are going to run an errand . In Our Willdlight location we don’t have a lobby yet but parents have yummy options, like Tastys, Cold Stone, the park next to the studio or their cars when class is in session, or let us know that your going to run an errand. We also need to keep the door to the studio closed during class, in order to avoid any wandering dancers. We will work with you and your child to achieve success in bringing happy dancers into the classroom without mom. This is a gradual process for most toddlers. Have you ever noticed that when one little one begins to cry, the others follow suit? We have observed this as well and it is why we need to have any crying child wait with mom outside at the studio until they feel confident to come back in. We know this sounds harsh, but we will make every attempt at calming your child and getting them to join the class that we possibly can, before we ask the mom to exit the room. Sometimes the child is actually upset just being in the room, so you may calm them down more effectively outside. In the past we let the parent of an unsure child remain in the room with the child; however, we found that this practice can distract other dancers, and the inability for Mom to leave the room in subsequent weeks, as the child has learned, “my mommy stays with me”.
Most of the time our little dancers come into the room right away and never look back. Sometimes our little dancers aren’t ready for a teacher/child class. As parents, we won’t know until we try. Please remember that it sometimes takes a few weeks in order for the child to warm up to the idea, even if they LOVE to dance.
Lastly, our goal on the 2nd day is to get every child into the class without mom and without crying. If we have done that we have succeeded. Please don’t be alarmed if your child just stands in her hula hoop and stares at the teacher jumping up and down. They are simply observing their environment. They will dance when they are ready!!! We hope you all have a positive experience at our studio. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have questions or concerns.
Royal Amelia Dance Academy
These classes introduce a structured environment while encouraging children to recognize their own individuality and body mobility. Focus is on coordination and rhythm, introduced through imaginative games and songs. RAD teachers let kids be kids! Your little ones will enjoy creativity, fun music and energy-burning activities while practicing real dance steps, learning beginning dance skills will help them to acquire a lifelong love for dance. Everyone is invited to perform in the Christmas and Spring Recitals (but there's no pressure!).
Attire: Pink Footed Tights, Pink Leotard, Pink Ballet Shoes, Black Mary Jane Tap Shoes
Combining genres of dance, this class will develop your child's coordination as well as an understanding of dance concepts and terminology. Through this enjoyable educational experience, students will learn to use dance as a creative means of self-expression. RAD concentration is on vocabulary, alignment and proper execution of movement and memorization and independence through sequential tasking.
Attire: Lilac Leotard, Pink footed tights, Pink Ballet shoes, Black Mary Jane tap shoes
This class is for students who are just beginning ballet or still like to take all three curriculum in an hour. Students will dive deep into ballet, jazz, and tap concepts. Musicality continues to be emphasized along with balance and coordination through the strengthening of the body core. Center floor work is introduced with continued focus on the positions of the arms, legs and feet using classical ballet vocabulary.
Attire: Orchird Leotard, Pink tights, Pink ballet shoes