Throughout school (elementary, middle, high school, and college), students and parents are taught a graded system of standards and practices and are accustomed to the requirements of advancement. It makes sense to offer a similar practice at the dance studio. After all, if parents are given a detailed curriculum upfront, then their expectations for the season are set. They understand what their children are expected to learn, can practice skills with their child at home, and realize the importance of accomplishing certain skills for advancement in class placement.

 This method of standardization also encourages consistency throughout studio classes, so if a substitute is teaching or an instructor changes mid-season, the class infrastructure and skill sets remains the same. This is very comforting to parents and students and encourages a professional, yet still artistic, ambiance at your studio.

Your studio’s class curriculum/syllabus should contain the following information:

  • Name of the class
  • Age of class attendees
  • Recital Requirements (ex. (1) Spring Recital Dance {ballet})
  • Class Structure (the layout of the class and time spent on each segment; e.g. barre, center work, stretching, across the floor progressions, combination, reverence, etc.)
  • Technical Skills (Center & Across the Floor)
  • Breakdown of Choreographic Goals (what students will work on each month)

Around January or February, students should be evaluated based on the class curriculum sheet. Each child should receive a recommendation form detailing their placement and explaining the child’s strengths and weaknesses (constructively) in varying styles and disciplines of dance. When parents receive their child’s placement in the spring, they understand that it is based on the curriculum sheet and the child’s work and progress over the past several months. With this evaluation and placement method, your studio can articulately and accurately describe and justify a child’s placement for the upcoming season.

Parents and students are satisfied with this process because they are familiar with it from their experiences in an academic setting. The transference works seamlessly and creates an environment of upfront, detailed organization, which your clients, and you, will appreciate each season.