Attention dance Parents!
Have you ever wondered what it takes to attend a summer dance intensive? Read these 3 simple signs to see if your dancer is ready to take the next step in their dancing.
1. Your child has had experience staying away from home before.
Maybe they have been on a school trip or on a vacation with a friend. How did they do during that time? Were they able to stay away from home and practice being more independent? This is an extremely important part of attending a summer intensive—first and foremost the dancer has to be able to be away from home for an extended period of time. This requires the dancer be mature for their age. Can they manage things such as eating choices, doing their own laundry, personal hygiene, etc. without your assistance?
2. The teacher has made it clear that your dancer is ready to attend a summer intensive.
Has your instructor encouraged your dancer is ready to take the next step in their dancing? A teacher’s approval is important because they are the ones to dictate when your child has reached a point in their dancing where they are ready to face the extra challenge of a summer intensive.
3. Your dancer shows a high amount of dedication to dance and has been excelling in their classes.
They are highly focused on dance as their sole extracurricular activity. This means they are able to allocate several hours a week to dance. The dancer also has to be mentally prepared to face criticism and different styles of teaching from brand new dance teachers. The students’ work ethic and drive must be of the utmost.
Don’t forget that you, the parent, must be ready for this step too! It is hard, but parents must be willing and ready to detach from their child for a small amount of time and trust that they will thrive doing what they love!