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"My daughter, Kaila, has attended WSOD since its inception in 1997. It has been a great privilege to be part of a school where all the instructors are very caring and extremely dedicated to their students. Joanne Carey’s devotion to the art of dance has made the school a huge success and all the students adore her. Her commitment to the community is commendable and is evident through fundraising, offering a work study program and just this year introducing a “Little Stars” program for disabled children. The recitals are comparable to a professional production and leaves the audience feeling very proud to witness the cultivation of the dancers’ skills year after year. WSOD is a very special place and we are so happy to be a part of it." - Diane Starita
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If most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers, experience teaching children and a big show at the end of the year, aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter which place you decide to enroll at? Yes. There are 4 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program. Here are 4 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child.
What Type Of Floor Is Used?
Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints. Most dance footwear provides little if any cushioning or support, so the shock of dance movement can place a lot of pressure on the knees and back of a dancer. The best way to prevent against potential injury is by choosing a studio with a proper dance floor, whether wood, vinyl or both. Our studios are equipped with both a sprung wood dance floor as well as a vinyl dance floor covering. A vinyl composite “Marley” floor is accepted worldwide as the best surface layer for recreational to professional dance. This top layer of the dance floor is an important factor. A Marley floor allows dancers to slide, with a degree of “controlled slip", but is not slippery so there is less risk of slips and falls. Very few studios use professional Marley floors because of the expense involved, and usually opt for a regular floor tile for a studio floor. Our special floors help reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired. This is also the reason we do not allow street shoes on our floors.
What Kind of Attention Will Your Child Receive?
We strive for each child to receive personalized attention so that they can learn more and have fun. How do we do that? First, we limit class size. Limiting class size helps to make sure that no fundamental concepts are being missed and also allows our teachers to ensure that students are not developing bad habits or improper technique. Second, some of our classes have a work-study student in class with the instructor to aid the instructor with younger students and to make sure each student understands the concepts and instructions.
Our studio limits all of our classes:
What Are The Extras Required For The Year End Show?
Most studios put on a year-end show in a professional theatre. We aren’t any different. Dance is a performance art and we love to showcase our students’ talents and their year of hard work. Our shows are definitely a highlight of the season and are loved by the community. What makes us different is that we DO NOT require you to participate in our shows. Most students take dance because they want to learn to perform and be part of a show. Those students and families who do not wish to participate for whatever the reason may be, are respected. You are given ample time to let us know if you will or will not participate in the show and continue uninterrupted in your regularly scheduled class, even learning the show choreography. You just don’t perform in the show.
Students that do perform in the show will be required to purchase a costume for the show and be required to attend extra rehearsals.
T-shirts, DVD’s, Pictures are all “extras” and NOT a requirement.
Can I Get Immediate Assistance And Customer Service?
In many studios the teacher or the studio owner conducts classes and does the administration. By trying to do two jobs at once, the class may suffer as the teacher has to use class time for customer service issues, or the studio may have no customer service available if the teacher is in a class. To have a good experience it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with details like costumes or schedules, even if a teacher is occupied in a class. Our studio has an office staff so you can get the assistance you need.
After browsing this site please call us with any questions you may have about getting the most out of your dance experience. 908-789-3011
Why We’re Different
At the Westfield School of Dance we do what we love and love what we do - and it shows! We are very proud of our reputation as a leader in dance education and stand by our commitment to excellence for your child’s dance education. We want you to have every opportunity to register for class so please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have. We are currently accepting registration for the dance season.Thank you for celebrating 16 years of providing quality dance education in the Westfield area and hope that you join us for an amazing year of dance!
Westfield School of Dance
137 Central Avenue, 2nd floor, Westfield, NJ 07090