10 tips for dance students

  1. Attire and supplies: Make sure you have the regulation uniform and appropriate shoes for all classes and lessons. Check that all dance clothes are clean and in your dance bag the night before class. Check that your music books are organized and prepared for your lessons. Many students arrive to the studio dressed in dance attire with their hair done; however, you may use the changing areas in the back of the studio if you prefer. Please wait until you get into the studio to put on your dance shoes.
  2. Label: Put your name on everything. Our lost and found has a fabulous collection of shoes, clothes and accessories missing their owners!
  3. Hair: Girls’ hair should be in a bun for all ballet classes. Please practice putting hair in a bun, and/or make arrangements for your dancer to have her hair put in a bun by a friend. Students will be asked to have their hair done before starting. If boys have long hair they will be asked to wear a headband or pull their hair away from the face.
  4. Jewelry: Please do not wear jewelry to dance class. This includes watches, anklets, necklaces, rings and earrings that hang below the ears. To avoid losing jewelry, keep it in the car etc during your dancer’s class.
  5. Rest: Make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Children often arrive at  classes and lessons tired from the school day. Staying up late the night before classes and lessons makes it difficult to concentrate. To get the most out of your experience at Metropolitan, rest the night before class and rehearsals.
  6. Snack & Nourishment: Pack a snack for after school and before classes and lessons. Try to avoid sugary snacks and fill up on protein and healthy items to help sustain energy and concentration.
  7. Restroom: Please use the bathroom before your class/lesson so you don’t miss important warm-ups. Arrive to the studio early enough so that have time to get physically and mentally  ready for class.
  8. Supervision: Please arrange for your child to be supervised before and immediately after each class/lesson throughout the year. We want to ensure the safety of all students, but cannot take responsibility when they are not in class or lessons.
  9. Overload: Understand that committing to dance classes, music lessons, performances and exams requires extra practices, rehearsals, etc. Look ahead and plan accordingly to avoid overload.
  10. Late arrival and absences: Plan on arriving to class 5-10 minutes early. If you plan to be absent from class/lessons, please give the front desk a courtesy call so they can communicate appropriately with the teacher. If you arrive late to class, please stop by the front desk and ask for a late slip.  If you are more than 15 minutes late, you may be asked to observe the rest of the class. Remember, please do not enter the classroom while music is playing. Wait until a break in the music or exercise and always check in with your teacher before joining a class after it has formally begun. Music students must call before noon on the day of the lesson to schedule an appropriate make-up lesson