READY TO DANCE
We believe it is
important to teach parents about dance, as well as the students, so together we
can make the dance experience a positive and exciting one for your child.
The following are a few facts and a few rules new dancers should know.
1. HOW TO WEAR YOUR
BALLET SLIPPERS PROPERLY
To wear ballet shoes properly, you
must pull the drawstring carefully so it only takes up gaps in the width of the
shoe. Do not pull this tightly or the back of the shoe will cut into the
sensitive Achilles tendon causing pain and discomfort. Once pulled, it is
almost impossible to loosen a drawstring. (This is why you can not
purchase shoes too large and use the method of pulling the drawstring tightly to
"make them fit") When properly fit, knot the strings, tie into a bow, then cut
off excess string. When you put on ballet slippers, tuck
these bows into the front of the shoe. (The bows are
not designed for looks, but for a functioning fit system) Tucking in the bows
allows for a professional streamline look, and for young dancers it assures
class time will be spend dancing rather than tying bows time and again!
Unlike regular shoes, a correct
fit for ballet slippers means the shoe fits like a "glove." Because they
are finished growing, adults would purchase a streamline fit for ballet
slippers, however, since young dancers are still growing everyday, this would
not be practical. You
will want to get a season's use out of the slipper and may wish to purchase them
with a little room to grow, but do not purchase slippers with too much space at
the toe or heel. Often parents feel it's time to purchase new shoes just
as the toes reach the boundaries of the foot - but the slippers are just
beginning to fit correctly! Only when the slipper is so
tight that the toes can not lay flat and square on the floor will you need to
purchase a new pair. The soft leather will stretch and mold to the shape
of the foot as your child wears them.
2. THE PROPER DRESS FOR
Dancewear is designed to allow a
student freedom of movement while allowing a teacher to see the lines and
musculature of the body. For these reasons simple styles work best,
however, we also understand that each child has a unique personality and this is
often displayed through the choice of clothes. We ask you to chose your
dancewear keeping in mind the ultimate goal of the dance lesson. Maximum
freedom of movement with nothing distracting! You may wear any style or
color of dance wear in the classes for children3-7, but chose with an eye
towards simplicity. Please wear tights. For modesty sake, and for
comfort in every activity, a dancers legs must be covered. If your child
does not like tights, consider a unitard or leggings. Do not wear
underwear under dance cloths. For a streamline look, and ease
of movement dance wear is designed to be worn independently.
For tap shoes dancers need socks
or dance tights.