Trying to decide between different dance schools to enroll your child?
If you are looking for dance classes in Limerick, Royersford, and Pottstown areas, you have come to the right place. Jane Baron's Academy of Dance has taught over 3,000 students since it was established in 1998. We offer dance classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, preschool dance classes and other dance styles. We have dance classes at a variety of times so that you can book classes for different children at the same time to save you hours of driving and waiting time.
We offer both private and group dance lessons and we have regular low pressure recitals that students can perform in if they wish. Our dance teachers all have university degrees and are very experienced in catering to the needs of new students. We have exciting and entertaining year end Concert that provides our students with the ability to showcase all they have learned in their year of dance. By dividing our year end dance performances into 3 shows, we are able to make the shows a comfortable length for parents, grandparents and young children. Call us today or stop by and you will see why more families in Limerick, Pottstown and Royersford trust us for dance instruction each year more than any other dance studios.
Why Choose Us?
If most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers, experience teaching children, and a big show at the end of the year. Aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter which place you decide to enroll at?
There are 4 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles the parents must deal with and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program.
Here are 4 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child.
What Type Of Floor Is Used?
Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping. This can put stress on bones and joints. Most dance footwear does not provide any cushioning or support, so the shock of dance movement can place a lot of pressure on the knees and back of a dancer. The best way to prevent against potential injury is by choosing a studio with a professional “floating floor”. A floating floor is a dance floor that rests on a system of high-density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping. A high-density foam base is superior to a “sprung” floor, which usually consists of a wood structure built on the regular floor.
The top layer of the dance floor is also an important factor. A vinyl composite “marley” floor is accepted worldwide as the best surface layer for recreational to professional dance. Facilities such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England, and Riverdance - The Touring Show, all use marley floors as their dance surface. A marley floor allows dancers to slide, with a degree of “controlled slip", but is not slippery so there is less risk of slips and falls. Very few studios use professional marley floors because of the expense involved, and usually opt for a regular floor tile for a studio floor.
All of our studio locations have floating floors that have over 700 high density foam blocks under the floor surface and a marley top surface that is imported from England. Our special floors help reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired.
What Is The Size Of The Class?
If the dance class has a smaller student to teacher ratio each child will receive more personalized attention, learn more and have more fun. With younger students smaller classes make it easier for a teacher to maintain control over the class and make sure each student understands the concepts and instructions.
Our student to teacher ratio makes sure that no fundamental concepts are being missed. This smaller ratio also allows our teachers to ensure that students are not developing bad habits or improper technique. Our goal for student to teacher ratio is 10-1 or better!
What Are The Extras Required For The Year End Show?
Most studios put on a year-end recital in a professional theatre. Students that perform in the dance recital must have a costume for their dance number. Some studios may require parents to sew their child’s costumes or the parents must find their own seamstress to do the sewing. This can be inconvenient and frustrating for parents who are busy or can’t sew. Many studios also charge a costume deposit and then an expensive balance later in the year. Our costumes are at a set price that parents are made aware of at time of registration. No extra fees later. Our studios purchase the costumes for the students, deliver them to the students right in their class and take care of any alterations. Parents do not have to worry about any costume hassles.
Can I Get Immediate Assistance And Customer Service?
In many studios the teacher or the studio owner conducts classes and does the administration. By trying to do two jobs at once, the class may suffer as the teacher has to use class time for customer service issues, or the studio may have no customer service available if the teacher is in a class. To have a good experience it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with details like costumes or schedules, even if a teacher is occupied in a class. Our studios have office staff on hand during all regular class times, so you can get immediate assistance.