4 Tips for Finding a Great Ballet Teacher
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
Parents of students at Alberta Ballet School often ask how we can ensure teachers and their children are a good match – and optimized for success.
So how do we find great teachers? And how do you as a parent ensure those teachers are the right fit for your dancer?
There are several factors that make a great teacher on paper:
- Years of experience
- Number of students taught – and their accolades
All these factors are important – and something our team prioritizes as we look to hire. But, finding the right dance teacher for each dancer might be a process of trial and error. Remember back to your school days – you probably have some teachers that you remember favorably and some you do not. It might not have to do with their resume but more to do with the personality fit.
Here are our top 5 suggestions for finding the right dance teacher fit.
If you are taking dance lessons at a professional school such as Alberta Ballet School, you will be surrounded by teachers affiliated with a professional company either, retired alumni, an active member of the company, or as a ballet master/mistress. Dance education is so widely available now, that you will be able to find dance teachers with experience, they might just not be backed by a professional dance company. As a rule of thumb, you should be on the look-out for a dance teacher that is at least 21 years old, 5 years teaching ballet experience, and a teaching certification such as Cecchetti or RAD.
It is important to consider if your dance teacher is holding themselves to a level of professionalism. Are they dressed appropriately to teach a ballet class? Even though teachers do not dress like students, they should have clothing that allows students to see their lines.
Are they respectful of the art form of ballet? Do they seem practiced and prepared? Teachers should be focused on technique and know-how to coach students in ways that will continually push them without putting them at risk for injury.
- Try Both Male and Female Teachers
Talent comes in all shapes and sizes. Male and female instructors alike have inspired thousands of students. If they have the qualifications that you are looking for, are professional, and show their students respect, it does not matter their gender.
- Trust Your Gut
Ask yourself this question after a ballet class: how do I feel? Are you exhausted, but not in a good way? Or do you feel accomplished? It is important that you feel better after a lesson than when you began. Listen to your body and your gut. If something does not click, it does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong with the instructor, it might mean that they are just not the right teacher for you.
Culture is key. Ballet schools will look to hire instructors that encompass the values of the studio. If you are aligned with the studio the professional that is teaching you should be as well. Their communication style, their priorities, and their approach should not be jarring but exemplify the most important parts of why you love being a student at your school.
At Alberta Ballet School, you are sure to find a fit with one of our talented, professional, and qualified teachers. We not only look for those with the right resume but those with the right attitude, level of professionalism, and cultural fit. We want to ensure every student can look back on their time with Alberta Ballet School with positive and constructive memories of their dance teachers.
Alberta Ballet School has many teachers that are professional, qualified, and eager to meet you. Our instructors strive to bring out the best in their students. If you are interested in adult dance lessons in Calgary or adult dance lessons in Edmonton, visit our website for more information.