When is a dance studio MORE than a dance studio?

At LCDS we build relationships that continue
after the music ends...

LCDS has a rather unique philosophy in the dance studio world- that of putting the dancer before the business.

*Safe Flooring- Miss Lou teaches on a large,
state-of-the-art professional floating floor (high density foam blocks beneath the studio floor surface) with the student's best interest, health, and safety in mind.

*Budget Friendly- LCDS takes pride in giving students excellence in training while giving you, the parent, prices that are minimal- including registration fee, tuition, costuming and recital costs.

*Small Classes- Class sizes and lengths are designed to allow for individual attention to each student.

*Classes are taught by Miss Lou.

In addtion, the relationships between teacher and student, as well as student and fellow students
seem to last at LCDS. Miss Lou is often contacted by former students seeking advice, announcing
coming events, recalling past events, not to mention enrolling their children in her classes.

Current classes include many second generation dancers and we anxiously await the gen-threes.

My child loves to move. Perhaps now that he/she is over three years old dance lessons are indicated.
Or how about me? How can I make a choice?

The purpose for developing this brochure is so that potential students and their parent can make
informed decisions about which instructional setting answers their need. The Michigan Dance
Association does not make recommendations in regard to specific studios/schools that offer dance
instruction. Our concern is only for high quality instruction for all dance students. The following guidelines represent a statement of belief.

At what age should my child begin dance lessons?

Ages 3-6
Specialized instruction with a teacher knowledgeable about early childhood physical, mental and
emotional development is essential at this stage. Emphasis on this level should be on individualization,
on creativity, and on movement exploration. Formalized technique in any specific dance forms should
not begin until age 7at the earliest, and should be directly related to the child's physical development.

Ages 7-10
Instruction in some formalized technique or the introduction to dance styles may begin for those children who have had previous dance or creative movement lessons. Others should begin with an introductory course in exploratory and creative dance activity. Emphasis at this level should be on increased body awareness and skill acquisition.

Ages 11 and up
Students entering at this level should be exposed to introductory exploratory dance activities before
formal instruction commences. All instruction should include some opportunity for creative dance
experiences. Emphasis at this level should be on perfecting of skills and broadening the student dance
knowledge. Serious formal study can begin at this point.

What about the class size and length of time of the class?

Preschool ages 3-5: Maximum of 15 children- no more than 45 minutes long
Grades K-3: Maximum of 20 children- 50 minutes
Grades 4-7: Maximum of 25 children- 60 minutes
Grades 8-12: Maximum of 25 children- 1 1/4 hours
Adults: Maximum of 1 1/2 hours-class size varies as to the situation.
Minimum for all classes levels is 6 students. Too small a class diminishes the challenge and effects the
group dynamics during class instruction. Private lessons are only desirable in unusual circumstances.

What about activity space?

An acceptable facility should be clean, bright and reasonably spacious.
The facility should be adequate for the class size.
A proper floor, good ventilation, lighting and a space free from protruding objects is essential.
A bulletin board with desirable pictures is a nice addition.
A room to change clothes in, if necessary, is a convenience.

What other things should I consider?

Make sure the major portion of your child's dance instruction is NOT devoted to preparation for recitals
or performances.
After the first 1-2 years of dance instruction, students with serious aspirations should be studying at
least 2 or more times a week. These students should be encouraged to study a variety of dance forms
(example-modern, jazz, ballet, etc).

How do I judge the quality of the dance instruction available in recommended or advertised places?

You should try to observe classes in at least two different situation and ask yourself the following
Does the teacher instill the love and joy of dancing the child?
Does the teacher exhibit understanding of and interest in the individual child's growth and
Does the teacher seem aware of the physical and mental capabilities of the particular age group being
Are the children grouped with consideration as to age and ability?
Does the teacher use imaginative language when giving instructions?
Is the atmosphere comfortable and supportive to all students in the class?
Is formal instruction carefully balanced with creative work?
Does the teacher exhibit a knowledge of anatomy in regard to the bone development and function of the
feet and back?
Does the teacher seem to be familiar with any of the increasing amounts of literature dealing with dance
education for children?
Does the teacher utilize percussion, and musical accompaniment? Is some rhythmic training included in
the lesson?
Does the teacher help students make a connection between dance and other art, educational or
everyday experiences?
Does the class begin with a warm up and progress to a logical conclusion?
Is the emphasis in the class on child-like natural free expression in movement rather than an
adult-imposed style of movement?

When is a dance studio MORE than a dance studio?

At LCDS we build relationships that continue after the music ends...

25+ years later- Dancers still
remember ballet arms!
LCDS provides pizza parties!
Young dancers look up to their BiGGirl Dance sisters
MissLou still imparts the Love of Dance that was instilled in her years ago.
Life Lessons Learned