9 Steps to Prepare for the Brand New Dance Season in Airdrie

You are no doubt acquainted with preparing for ‘back to school’ when August arrives, however if your child is going to participate in dance lessons, it is very important to take steps to get ready for the brand-new dance season!

Below is a list of things to consider as you and your child prepares for the beginning of dance.

1. Register

Even though this is obvious, there are a few things to consider when planning for dance. If your child has danced with us before, you may have a pretty good idea which classes they would prefer. If your child is looking to dance with Airdrie Dance Academy for the first time, you can begin by deciding what style of dance your child may be interested in or thinking about. You can check out what classes we offer, based on age, on our class web page.

2. Add Important Dates to your Calendar

As soon as registration is complete and you have confirmation of the classes they are signed up for, as well as the schedule, be sure to put the information into your calendar. If your dancer is taking more than one class, color coding them can be a great way to organize and see at a glance what’s coming up.

It’s also a great idea to add practice times to your calendar. Practice gives them more confidence in their dances and more confidence in themselves. 

Look ahead on our calendar online and add special dates to your schedule as well for things like performances, studio breaks, measuring day, and other notable dates.

3. Inventory Your Dancewear

If they have danced in the previous year, take out last year’s dance clothes and look them over. Donate dancewear that no longer fits and toss out tights, socks and other dance items that are stained or have holes. Get an accurate look at what your dancer actually has for the dance season and replace what is needed.

LABEL EVERYTHING with your dancer’s name inside so that we can get misplaced items back to you.

4. Review the Dress Code

Each class has a particular dress code and footwear requirements to get the most out of the classes. In most cases the footwear will also be used for the performances. It is very important to practice in the shoes they will be performing in. If you need to buy any of them online, be sure to give yourself time to return them if they do not fit properly. You can view our dress code in our students handbook.

5. Water Bottle

You will want a water bottle for your child that you can refill at home and is large enough to last through their dance class – especially for older dancers who have longer classes or those who have classes back-to-back. Be sure it is a bottle that you can put your dancer’s name on so they are not lost. Food and other beverages are not permitted in the dance studio. Hydration is essential for your dancers’ muscles and also provides energy.

6. Stock up on Hair Supplies

Long hair needs to be secured away from your dancer’s face. Hair is a distraction and we want it to be out of the way to ensure that your child can focus in class. Purchase strong elastics for class and keep extras in your dancer’s dance bag.

7. Stock Your Dance Bag

You can make the afternoon and evenings less frantic by preparing your dance bag ahead of time so that you can grab and go. Below are a few things you can include:

• Water bottle
• Dance Shoes
• Hair Accessories
• Lip Balm
• Tissues and/or wipes
• Activity or book if there is downtime between classes

8. Sleep Well

During the summertime, it’s very easy to get off of a regular sleep routine. This can impact your dancer’s overall patience, motivation, and energy. That’s why it’s so important to get into a great sleep schedule. Sometimes consistency can be tough, but the more regular the better it will be.

9. Spread Your Sparkle!

Dance is all about Energy, Enthusiasm, and FUN! Come in to class with positive energy and an eagerness to learn, and be prepared to discover new things. Have a state of mind that this is going to be the best dance season ever and infect those around you with your shine!

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Susan Laing

Susan Laing

Susan is the Artistic Director, Owner, and Founder of Airdrie Dance Academy. She is the head instructor for Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Creative, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Boys Only.

Miss Susan, as she is known by her students, has a beautiful smile and a caring personality. Besides being an accomplished instructor in Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Highland, Musical Theatre and Creative Dance, she also helps guide students through many of life’s challenges.

She has been teaching dance for 28 years.

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COVID Information

OVERVIEW

Airdrie Dance Academy is providing this document as our guideline in the best interest of your children and the most vulnerable of the population.

This document will be updated as needed to be compliant with any AHS guideline updates.

This document has been created in conjunction with the guidelines as provided by Alberta Health Services (AHS) for the COVID-19 Phase 2 Relaunch Strategy. VIEW GUIDANCE DOCUMENT.

To see a video on our new procedures for coming to class, please click on the button below.

FAMILY/STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

  • Families/students are expected to familiarize themselves with all published protocols and policies prior to entering the Airdrie Dance Academy facility.
  • All families/students will be asked to complete the COVID 19 self-screening tool prior to entrance and commencement of any activities within our facility. Anyone exhibiting symptoms cannot enter the facility or participate.  VIEW SCREENING TOOL HERE.
  • Students who become symptomatic during an activity are required to be isolated from others and must return home immediately.
  • Students are required to practice proper hand hygiene (wash or sanitize hands upon entering and exiting the facility and after touching any commonly touched surfaces) and practicing proper respiratory hygiene (sneeze or cough into elbow or tissue).
  • Students are asked to arrive no earlier than 5 minutes prior to the start of class and will be asked to leave immediately after class finishes.
  • We request that Students try to reduce the use of our bathroom. Please use the bathroom at home before and after class as much as possible.  No changing into dancewear in the Washroom.  The washroom door will be used as one of our entrances/exits to the studio to help with flow of traffic.  We will be providing an online orientation to familiarize all families/students with the process of entering and exiting the building and dance classes.
  • Students should arrive ready for class (they should only change into their dance shoes upon arrival at the Studio). Students should wear street shoes that they can take off and put on by themselves. Outdoor shoes must be placed neatly on the carpet in the Lobby, jackets hung on the hooks provided.  Water bottles will be permitted and there will be designated spots within the dance class to place water bottles.  Please leave all extra items at home (just come with your shoes, coats and water bottles).
  • Parents are no longer permitted to wait in the Lobby of the Studio – the viewing window will not be available to watch through and the curtain will remain closed at all times. Creative Ballet, Pre Tap, Pre Primary, Toddler Hip Hop and Toddler Ballet students may enter with one parent  A staff member will collect the children for these classes and then the parent will be asked to leave the building until the class is finished.  That same parent may then enter to collect their child once the staff has returned them to the Lobby.
  • Students are asked to leave the studio after their class is finished and return only for their next class start. (i.e.: if you are in SR Tap at 645-730 pm and SR Jazz at 830-930 pm, you must not remain in the building between those classes).
  • In conjunction with our cleaning service, facility cleaning will be increased and enhanced. Common areas will be disinfected regularly.  Hand sanitizer will be located throughout the building.

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