Noel’s TOP 10 Back-to-School Tips
Keep water bottles in the car so when your child says, “I left my water at home”; BAM! Pop the trunk and hydrate! Room temperature water is better for them anyway: less shocking to a warm body that’s been exercising.
Keep a light sweater and leg warmers in the dance bag. Come winter your student will be happy you did. Bodies take longer to warm up in the cooler months and we need to keep those muscles warm to prevent injury.
Stretch with your dancer while you hang out at home. While watching TV or playing a video game, anyone can stretch their body and increase their flexibility.
Choose to pay a little of your costume fees at a time with your monthly tuition. This way you are not scrambling in December to come up with the entire amount. It will be paid before you know it!
Students with multiple classes should pack quick snacks like nuts, granola and fresh fruit. These foods give energy blasts that last. Other foods with sugar added give quick energy but those sugar drops are a doozy and can even affect one’s mood and concentration.
Hair should always be pulled back and no jewelry in class. We don’t say this just for uniformity but also for safety. When hair whips in your face while you’re dancing around others, it can be downright hazardous. Jewelry can fall off the body and end up piercing another dancer’s foot. Keep hair back and jewelry at home.
If your student takes more than 2 classes a week, I suggest having at least 2 leotards and 3 pairs of dancer’s tights. It keeps arguments down over dirty dancewear and that extra pair of tights comes in handy when you get that unexpected but inevitable rip.
When flu season hits, make sure your student gets all the sleep and nutrition they need. Handwashing goes a long way but when that sniffle and cough hit, keep them home to quickly nurse that sickness to quick recovery. The exercise can be made up in another class when they are well.
Encourage your dancer to practice at home. This not only tires them out (which is good for you) but it also perfects their technique which is an immediate return on your investment. We get 1 hour a week with your student in the class to teach, practice and review technique. Mastery comes when they practice what had been taught.
Put dance clothes out the night before. Let that be their responsibility but definitely check behind them for your sanity’s sake. I actually lay all dancewear and clothes for the week out to help me to remember what happens from day to day. It keeps me from sweating the small stuff when we are rushing out the door.