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Why is small class size important?

Updated: Oct 3, 2022

Did you know that at Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy we limit our class sizes? Some classes are capped with as few as 6 dancers. No class is bigger than 14 students.

Our class sizes are:

  • Dance with Me - 6 sets of parents & dancers

  • Bitty Bear Ballet - 8 dancers

  • Pre Ballet/Hop & Pop - 10 dancers

  • Ballet/Modern/Jazz/Tap I - 10 dancers

  • Ballet/Modern/Jazz/Tap II - 12 dancers

  • Ballet/Modern/Jazz/Tap III/IV, Program, & Adult Classes - 14 dancers

Children receive more personalized attention in smaller classes. This means their chances of success improve significantly. This helps set them up for their dance journey and boosts their confidence in class.

Here are some common questions we get related to class size and duration. We answered the questions below!

Why is class size so important?

Regardless of how well-structured the class is and how qualified the teachers are, one thing remains true: young children learn best when they receive individual attention and careful training. Our small class sizes allow teachers to spend more time with each child, identify and correct improper techniques, and ensure that fundamental concepts aren’t being missed.

Why is the duration of the class important?

Most preschool dance classes are only 45 minutes (sometimes less) no matter where you are. At this age, children’s development is happening at a rapid pace and their attention span is limited. One of the best ways to keep children engaged is with a shorter class time and breaking up the class in different formats.

For older children and adults, class length times typically run between an hour to an hour and a half. This is where we fine-tune technique and develop skills further, which requires a longer class time to fully convey.

How are dance classes structured?

All dance classes are basically structured the same way. Most classes, no matter what age, usually start with a warm up (ballet does a barre routine), stretch and conditioning, progressions (across the floors), center work, and choreography or games/activities for younger students that reinforce the skills we are working on.

A well-structured class helps students learn new concepts, improve their technique, and keeps them engaged for the duration of the class. When it comes to specific dance training (like ballet), an in-depth structure is needed to be able to master the technique. This is especially true for our classes because they follow a syllabus. With a good structure and limited class size, teachers can correct techniques and give pointers on how to improve the new steps or concepts and keep students progressing.

Small class sizes = more individualized attention = faster progression


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