When my daughter was two, I put her in dance class at a dance company. It turned out not to be the right decision. We moved shortly after, so we were fine, but man…dance these days, even for little ones can be intense. Not long after signing up you get a deluge of paperwork regarding schedules(class and payment). Payment schedules…yes, payment schedules for class, dance pictures and costumes.
Now, for older children, when you know your child has a true love and passion for dance, by all means, spend money to the moon and back:-). But, when you’re not sure your child will love dance it’s so hard to make a full year financial commitment…yes, dance lasts Aug-Jun. What if they don’t really like dance and they’ve done it for 4 months and just don’t care for it. What do you do? You still have 6 months left and have already paid for their recital costume.
So, when our daughter was 4, we tried dance again. This time, thanks to a friend’s suggestion, I checked out our town’s Parks and Recreation department.
OMG!!! They had EXACTLY what I was looking for!!! They had an 8 week dance class followed by a small recital(no costume required) and it was only $45! The best part(for our daughter), was that we could sit in the same room. It was incredible!!! She had a magical experience. Long enough to have fun, short enough to not get old.
We have had her at our parks and rec department for 2 years now and am almost ready to make the decision for true dance commitment.
I am always shocked to browse through their seasonal offerings. Sports of every kind, cheerleading, self-defense, dance, karate…all at reasonable fees and all at reasonable lengths of time.
Needless to say I am beyond thrilled with how well our experiences have been.
If you’re interested in trying something, check out your parks and rec department. You may be shocked by what you find. It’s great to find out whether you like something before committing a lot of time and money to it.
My daughter cannot wait for dance again. We are looking at the summer camps at local dance companies to try those out and see if it’s a good fit. In the mean time, we’ll treasure our dance videos:-)
Remember…They Will Love Your Effort