Seeing thousands of attendees since the inception of RHF, we’ve heard a lot of questions asked by them. Since we cannot list all of it, we rounded them up to a few most common ones!
Q: MY CHILD IS 2 AND HALF YEARS OLD AND HE LOVES TO DANCE. CAN HE JOIN TODDLE FEET I.E. THE CREATIVE MOVEMENT CLASS?
A: The age of admission to our courses start at 3. We aim to teach our students in a formal, structured and disciplined manner, and in our experience, children 3 years and above have shown remarkable progress in understanding and following the teachers. Even though your child is quite inclined to dance, as most children that age are, we advise you to wait a little longer and you would be pleasantly surprised with the results.
Q: WHY DO YOU START BALLET AT AGE 5 AND NOT AT 3 OR 4? MY DAUGHTER IS VERY KEEN TO LEARN BALLET.
A: Children are very often fascinated by ballet due to what they see on television, in children’s programmes and cartoons. But a child as young as 3 or 4 is still in a very early exploring and experimenting stage and is trying to understand his/her body, balance and coordination. Subjecting them to intense disciple of ballet with strict physical forms would end up boxing their creative and expressive growth. We recommend your daughter to start with our ToddleFeet class, which is specially designed for children of ages 3 to 5, to help them improve their motor skills and enhance their love for dance. She can then progress on to our pre-ballet class and later on obtain an international ballet certification through us.
Q: HOW LONG DOES A CHILD TAKE TO LEARN A DANCE FORM?
A: As the old saying goes “ practise makes a man perfect”. It is true in case of dancing also. Training for a dance discipline has many similarities to academic and athletic training. Skills must be built incrementally, just like more time you devoted to study, higher the level of learning. For instance, if a child devotes only one hour per week to learning mathematics, it will take far longer to reach Algebra I than if that same child devotes one hour every day to studying mathematics. If the child studies year around instead of taking all summer off each year, they will be ready for Algebra I before most of their classmates. Children with a natural aptitude for mathematics will also achieve a higher skill level faster and with greater ease than some others. And no child, no matter how great the natural aptitude and talent, can master long division until they have mastered addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
The same holds true for dance; you must start at the beginning, attend classes faithfully, and work to master the skills as they are introduced. Each skill builds muscle memory and the proper bodily strength to take a student to the next, more difficult dance movement. This is a constant process over a number of years.
Q: WHICH IS A BETTER DANCE FORM- INDIAN OR WESTERN?
A: For us any dance form if learned systematically in depth gives similar results. What is more important is the quality of teachers and training. If a child learns any one dance form completely he or she can adopt to any dance form very easily.
Q: IF I DO TWO DIFFERENT DANCE FORMS WILL I GET CONFUSED?
A: You might get confused initially but in the longer run you will have a deeper understanding of your body and how it moves. So it is absolutely fine to learn two dance forms simultaneously.
Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GRADUATE TO THE NEXT LEVEL
A: It completely depends on the dancer. The amount of interest, effort and attendance put together will result in progress to the next level. The progress of every child is different and thus it absolutely depends on an individual. In general it takes atleast 1 year to cross a level.
Q: WHY CHOOSE DANCE OVER OTHER PHYSICAL ACTIVITY?
- -In dancing focus is on creativity and not on winning or losing.
- -It involves using both sides of the brain- one side for balance, co-ordination and technique and other half for creativity.
- -Only art form which encourages achild to express emotions freely through their body.
- -Makes a child more confident.
Q: I HAVE TWO LEFT FEET AND FEEL HOPELESS WHEN I TRY TO DANCE. CAN YOU HELP ME?
A: Absolutely. MOST people feel this way. With our experience, we have developed a style and a system of teaching that makes learning to dance absolutely effortless and fun. Many people have come to us with a fear of dancing, or the feeling that they had no rhythm, or they dreaded “two left feet”. We have managed to get this thought out of their mind and made them confident dancers.