Why Choose Us?

Longwood Performing Arts has been training students in the fine art of dance since 1978. For more than three decades, we have continued to be a leader in dance education. We believe that our success comes as a result of providing solid training and quality service, along with an underlying belief in the strength of our organization. Our highly experienced faculty offers top-quality training in several fields of dance. Students are encouraged to be well-rounded dancers and versatile performers. At Longwood Performing Arts, we feel that dance enhances a student’s grace, poise and self-esteem. Classes are carefully structured according to the age and ability of students with each one instructed as an individual. Whether students seek a strong foundation for a potential professional career or training for personal enjoyment, Longwood Performing Arts provides a positive and comfortable environment in which they can learn. We have created this handbook to offer our dancers and their parents a clear understanding of their commitments and responsibilities involved in their dance education.

Parents

We believe that children’s success depends on the support of their parents or guardians. Because your commitment to the process makes an enormous difference, we encourage you to be a part of your child’s dance education.

Our program relies on a positive atmosphere with mutual respect for our faculty, students, and parents; it promotes a positive learning experience for all involved. Cooperation between parents is expected. Showing respect for the other parents, along with the students and faculty, makes an important impression on the children. You are a role model for your child in how to interact with others in a professional setting.

Your child’s presence in all classes, rehearsals, and performances is imperative. The spirit of teamwork and the lesson of dedication are a big part of Longwood Performing Arts’ educational process.

Parents and teachers may look at a child’s learning from different perspectives. However, they share a common goal: to assure that every child receives the best possible training, both physically and mentally.

Understanding Dance Education

As a parent, the financial support of your child is important, but of equal perhaps even greater value is your emotional support. Encourage your child to be the best that he or she can be without regard to what others may achieve. Dance is an individual art form; each child will progress at a pace that’s comfortable for him or her. No two students will progress at the same rate, even if they experience the exact same training. It’s important to encourage the children to focus on themselves, give their all, and be satisfied with their own accomplishments.

Dance education encompasses far more than technique or the steps your children will learn. We believe the discipline of dance training gives young people a better understanding of commitment by offering them the chance to learn, experience the spirit of teamwork, and understand what hard work can accomplish. Our goal is to educate the minds, bodies, and souls of our students, to teach them the skills needed for a successful life, whether or not they stay involved in dance.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s dance education, don’t panic when questions arise. Make an appointment to speak directly to the director or owner. Please conduct all communication through the studio office rather than approaching your child’s teacher or the director during classes.