You have a Tap Dancing daughter or son, they absolutely LOVE their tap class, teacher and dance friends and live for that weekly dance class. Yet, for some reason they don't seem to be progressing as fast as some of the others in the class.
There can be a few reasons for this - maybe your child is not feeling motivated, maybe they have a problem with a fellow class mate, maybe there's a personality clash with the teacher, or maybe they simply don't want to be there and might actually be happier and flourish in another dance form or sport.
There is no doubt that dancers (children) do progress at different speeds, this is natural in every form of learning - every child is different. There can be so many factors as to why a dancer will not progress as fast as others but if you ask any dance teacher they will probably ask you the same question - is your child practicing at home?
ATTENDING WEEKLY CLASSES BUT STILL NOT MAKING PROGRESS
As soon as a dancer leaves the studio they are faced with the many distractions of life, school, homework, friends, parties, family etc., It doesn’t take very long for them to forget everything the dance teacher has worked on during the class.
In a flash, another week has passed, they are back in the studio and the teacher is pulling their hair out, repeating the same things over and again from the weeks before and your child is stuck in a never ending cycle of repetition!
Just as in school, music or any other sport, it is simply not enough to take one dance class a week, take instruction for 45mins to 1hour and then expect to progress quickly without doing any outside of dance class practice.
HOW IMPORTANT IS PRACTICE AT HOME?
Dancers, especially children, need repetition. A second dance class during the week is great but you will be amazed to see what can happen if a dancer can make time for even just a small amount of practice at home before going back into the dance studio.
It is every dance teachers dream when they have a child come into class having remembered and mastered all that was taught to them in the previous class. Only then can the teacher show some new choreography, rhythm or movement and if the child goes home and practices that new material again they will be dancing their way to the broadway stage in no time!
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