How to prepare for the first day of dance.

Preparing for Your Child’s First Dance Class

Your child’s first dance class at The Academy of Music and Dance is on the calendar and it’s all your child can talk about … what they’re going to wear, who they’re going to meet, what they’re going to do.  It’s seemingly endless anticipation!

We know how exciting it is for you and your child to get ready for their first dance class.  Sometimes it can feel a little overwhelming too—like learning a whole new “dance language” for this new adventure!  Rest assured that the feeling is normal, and we’re here to make sure you feel informed and organized for that first class.  Check out our easy recommendations for being as prepared as possible for the big day:

2-4 weeks before:

  • Read through our policies and dress code
  • Obtain the correct dancewear and shoes
  • Check the schedule to confirm your child’s class day and time
  • Download the Academy calendar and mark any important dates in your calendar 

1-2 weeks before:

  • Visit us at the studio with your child (if you haven’t already!)
  • Talk with your child about what it will be like to listen to the teacher and meet new friends
  • Practice getting dressed for dance class

On the day of:

  • Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early so your child doesn’t feel rushed
  • Leave any jewelry or toys at home
  • Pack your child’s dance shoes in a bag so they are not worn outside

Remember that your child might feel anxious before the first class, and that’s OK!  Our teachers will put them at ease and make sure they feel welcome in the studio.  Keep reassuring your little one that it’s normal to feel nervous before trying something new, and that you’re proud of them for making the effort.

In our experience at the Academy of Music and Dance, most students take time to “warm-up” to the routine of coming to dance class, and it may take them a few weeks to feel completely comfortable.  Some students, of course, jump right in with no hesitation!  We love them all the same and are equipped to support them either way.  No matter what, we look forward to seeing your little one in class soon!


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Shoreline Academy of Music and Dance now open!

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We are excited to announce that our new Shoreline/Edmonds location opened finally on April 14th! Many thanks to the families that patiently waited through our delays, we are so happy to see you in class and working hard. Our dance classes are working towards the big recital, and we are gaining new music students every day. We are still enrolling for Spring dance, and summer sessions are also available to enroll! 

"I Dream in Color" Dance Recital 2018

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We are gearing up for our annual June Dance recital. You should have received your recital packet already, but if you need to download it here, feel free. Costumes are going out, dances are being worked on, and the studios are abuzz with excitement. The year end recital is an important day for our dancers, they feel so proud of the work they've done, and the experience of performing in front of a large audience is invaluable. One of our jobs as instructors and parents is to build up our children's self esteem and self worth, the recitals help with all of that. Behind the scenes, which we and our parent volunteers see, is community, dancers helping each other with quick changes, doing hair and make-up, and helping the youngest dancers feel comfortable and excited. If you would like to volunteer for one or all of our recitals please fill out the form here and we will be in touch. Parent volunteers must pass a background check and be able to come to our pre-recital meeting.