School of Dance: Philosophy
For over 30 years it has been the philosophy of the school that dance should be a personally rewarding, positive experience for each and every child. Children should enjoy their dance classes and thrive in the non-competitive atmosphere that our school offers. Most children will not become professional dancers, but they should have the opportunity to gain what dance offers in terms of building positive self-esteem and developing creativity, critical thinking and an appreciation for dance as an art form. Our teachers have extensive technical knowledge, not only in the dance form that they teach, but also in the many teaching strategies that are required to accommodate the various learning styles of children. Although we recognize that some competition is healthy, we do not believe that competition plays a role in presenting dance as an art form. Children should be motivated to do well because they want to explore the joy of dance under the guidance of warm and nurturing teachers.