Why dance studio owners should consider adult tap dancing classes in their course offerings
Teaching children’s tap dancing classes and teaching adult tap dancing classes are worlds apart. Imagine…
The lights dim. The audience hushes. The curtain is pulled revealing a dozen or so girls ages seven to twelve. The front row knows all of the steps but one looks like she’ll pass out from stage fright and one looks like she’s thinking more about the soccer game she’ll play in tomorrow.
The second row struggles a little to get through the steps; they neither look like they’re enjoying the stage nor are scared to wit’s end.
The third line has the hardest time getting through the steps. One looks like she’s going to wet herself with fear. Another works hard but just isn’t quite keeping up. The final one looks like she can’t wait for the music to stop so she never has to do this again.
Welcome to the joys of teaching children’s tap dancing. Half the kids could care less about learning tap. Most are there because a parent signed them up. A few are there because this is what they enjoy. The bread and butter of most dance studios are children’s classes. Increasingly, however, studios are adding adult classes to their class offerings.
First and foremost, with most adult classes, students will be there because they WANT to be there. This makes a world of difference! Students are more engaged, practice without being forced, and are less likely to stand counting the minutes on the clock to when class will be dismissed
The whole atmosphere of adult tap dancing classes are more enjoyable. Instead of a teacher reigning over a class, trying to keep students quiet and on task, everybody is more relaxed. Conversation is more likely to break out, students tend to help each other laugh off mistakes, and ask questions.
Whether you’re stamping out your frustrations or soft shoeing your way to great calves , adult tap classes are a great way to stay healthy. Physically, tap is an exercise that will keep a body healthy. Unlike other forms of dance exercises, it is less stress on the lower back and other joints that tend to break down easily. Mentally, learning new combinations each week keeps the mind flexible and sharp.
Before studios offer a line of adult classes they need acknowledge the downside of adult classes. In times of financial difficulty, parents will cut away at most of their own entertainments and spending before they let their child drop anything. Even though this may be responsible parenting, it’s much harder to have enough people to fill a class.
Having responsibilities is at the heart of the problem with adult classes. Though people may love your class, parenting and jobs will always take priority. Getting people to commit to a class is harder than for children’s classes.
Adult tap dancing classes are a world apart from teaching children’s classes. With benefits and disadvantages, it is an option dance studio owners should explore while setting their course offerings.
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