A commercial dance
studio is designed more for recreation and fun.
Classes are usually large and are set up as combinations of different
disciplines. Their main focus
is on the recital.
have smaller classes and performance preparation is done at a minimum
usually a few months before the performance.
The valuable class time is essentially spent on improving the
technique necessary for students to make constant and continuous progress.
Tricia Sloan Dance Center
is a PROFESSIONAL studio.
ALWAYS CHECK THE INSTRUCTOR’S QUALIFICATIONS.
It’s always important to make sure that your child’s instructors are qualified, especially where dancing is concerned.
Dance instructors are not licensed in this country—anyone can claim to be able to teach your child to dance!
Ask for information on the instructor’s background.
Look for someone who danced with a professional company, holds a degree in dance from an accredited college or university, or is certified to teach.
Whether it’s ballet, jazz, modern or tap there must be a comprehensive graded curriculum that is followed. This is a good indication that the instructor knows what to teach, when to teach it and how it should be taught.
At the Tricia Sloan Dance Center, all of our instructors must meet the above standards.
A syllabus is a study
guide that covers what a student should learn and when, as well as the way a
step is taught. All good dance
schools use a syllabus as a guideline for teaching.
Ask to see the syllabus
that is used at the studio you are considering.
If they don’t have one you should consider going to another school.
At the Tricia Sloan
Dance Center, our ballet syllabus is based on the British (Royal Academy)
and Russian (Vagonova Technique).
The tap, jazz and modern
syllabus are specifically designed for our students’ needs based on a set
syllabus designed by leading dance teachers in that particular field.
It is constantly being refined and is updated every year.
All of the faculty of
TSDC attend several conventions each year and regularly travel to NYC and
Philadelphia to study and keep up with the latest trends in dance.
Any studio that actually
claims to teach serious ballet to a child under 7 years of age is not one
that you should consider. Children younger than 7 are not physically
or mentally ready for classical training.
At TSDC children
between the ages of 3 and 5 go into our Tiny Tots Program. At ages 6
to 8 they enter the first levels of formal ballet training.
There are three factors
that determine when a young girl can begin pointe: how much training
she has had, her age and physical development. A child should never be
put on pointe before her feet have the required strength and the bone
structure is well developed. The average age is 11-12. If the
studio you are considering puts children younger than age 10 on pointe, you
At TSDC students must have
completed 3 years of ballet training meeting at least 2 times per week.
They must meet 4 physical & technical requirements before beginning
You will be informed by
the teacher when you are ready and she will personally have you fitted for
the best size, style and brand of pointe shoes
As a marketing technique,
some schools offer classes that combine training in ballet with jazz, tap,
gymnastics or baton—All in 60 minutes! Think about it. Would
you expect your child to play the violin, piano and clarinet all in the same
hour? It’s not an effective or professional way to learn.
At TSDC only one dance
form is taught at a time. The exception is our Tiny Tots Program where 30
min. of ballet & tap is very acceptable. It is very disappointing
for students from other schools who are taught in this manner when they come
here or participate in the Match Girl Ballet. They soon discover how
little they have learned and parents realize how much time and money they
There has been a tremendous
growth in the popularity of dance in the USA so now there are a great many
schools to choose from. However, there are no regulations and anyone
can open a studio and call themselves a dance teacher.
Not every child is going to
pursue dance as a career. But the courtesies and disciplines as well as the
joy of movement will touch her forever.
For those students who are
serious about pursuing dance further either in college or on the
professional level have the best facility and faculty in the area to foster
In addition to all the
things you would normally look for (clean, well-equipped) check to make sure
the floors are not over concrete.
We hope the information
presented here helps you in your choice of dance studios for your child.
An end of the year
performance is important. It gives a young dancer valuable stage experience,
as well as the opportunity to use what they have learned in class during the
year. Dance is, after all, a performing art! But the real
question here is how the school deals with the recital...not if they have
Some schools put too much
emphasis on the ‘recital dance’ starting soon after classes begin in
September. A child who spends most of her time learning a routine for
a recital or a parade does not learn much about the technique of dance.
At TSDC our year end
performance is designed to compliment the child’s classroom training—not
Out students also have the
opportunity to participate in a full length story ballet,
“The Nutcracker” if they desire. Rehearsals are held on the weekends during
Our dance troupe, "TSDC
Dance Company", displays its talents many times throughout the year in
community events, local and national level dance competitions, the Spring
Showcase and the annual Nutcracker ballet.
Make sure the studio has
and will permit you to view their past recitals and/or performances.
Be observant of the quality of the performance and especially the dance
techniques displayed by the students.
Every production that the
students from Tricia Sloan Dance Center perform in is professionally
videotaped. Copies of these performances such as the annual recital
and the children’s ballets are available for you to see at the dance
Top 10 Questions You
Children ages 2-3 years old may participate in Creative Dance Class (45 min.)
Children ages 3-5 years old may begin Ballet/Tap Combination Class (60 min.)
For all others children, teens and adults, whatever age your are is the perfect
time to start!
Classes are normally closed to observers. During the year we have parent
weeks that allow you to come into class.
Each studio is wired with closed
circuit monitors and the class is in full view for parents waiting in the lobby.
It is understood that all registered students in the Beginner Level thru Level
12 will participate in the June recital. However, participation is not
The decision to not participate must be made known to TSDC in
writing by December 15.
We keep our recitals short,
lively and entertaining.
The Saturday afternoon matinee
recitals are approximately 1 ¼ hours with NO intermission.
recitals are approximately 2 ½ hours with a 10 minute intermission.
The recitals are held the last full week of June. The location varies
depending on the availability of the various auditoriums.
Past recitals have
been help at West Deptford High School, Ptiman High School, Gloucester County
College and Rowan University.
The 2006 Recital
is set for June 20 thru June 24 at Rowan University in the Tohill
Auditorium. Specific times will be announced.
- All dancewear, shoes and accessories are available to purchase at the
Tricia Sloan Dance Center.
All dancers ages 8 and up are welcome to become a part of the "TSDC Dance
New members are accepted in September each year.
There are minimum class requirements for each age group.
- The dance year runs from the 2nd week of September thru the last full week of June.
If you decide to withdrawal completely from all classes at TSDC then it is required that you fill out a 'withdrawal form'.
You will continue to be responsible for tuition payments until the time of the official withdrawal.