Choosing a ballet school in Toronto can seem like an overwhelming task. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to know how to start whittling them down. Following is a list of five qualities to consider when choosing the right school for you.
1. Qualified Teachers
Your choice of a ballet teacher is crucial to your success as a student. Bad habits learned through your dance classes are not only dangerous but also extremely hard to break. Make a point to check a teacher’s qualifications and, where possible, observe them taking one of their classes to see how they relate to their students.
2. Learning Environment
Your chosen Toronto ballet school should enable you to learn in a safe and welcoming environment. The staff and students should be warm and inviting and the rooms in which your classes are held should be well-ventilated and spacious, with mirrors covering at least one wall. The class sizes should be small enough that the teacher can monitor your progress and provide you with individual feedback on your technique.
3. Range Of Classes
Most ballet schools like the Donita Ballet School offer a variety of different classes and levels, so you will need to decide whether you want to be in a class that eases you in gently, or whether you want to be challenged. If you have never tried ballet before, look for a school that runs open classes for beginners. There may be students in these classes who are more advanced, but the pace should be slow enough that you can quickly learn the steps and positions.
4. Tuition Fees
Ballet tuition can be expensive, especially if you decide to work towards formal examinations. If you throw in clothing, shoes and accessories, the cost can add up quickly. Your ballet school should provide you with an estimate of the tuition fees and other costs you will likely incur through taking classes. This way, you can make an informed choice about whether or not to enrol.
The floors that you dance on must be sprung or cushioned and, if possible, specifically designed for ballet. A safe dance floor will have a shock absorption value of at least 53%. This means that it will help protect your bones and joints from the stress of jumps and other ballet moves.
There is no better way to find the school that is right for you than to turn up and try a taster class. No two schools are the same, so take what you can from your first class to make an informed choice next time.
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