Televised dance competitions and reality television dance shows are on the rise and giving glorification to the world of dance. As children watch these shows they begin to fantasize about becoming professional dancers themselves. Thus, do not be surprised if your child is at your knee continually begging you to take a dance class or two. Give them a chance as they may actually be sincere! If placing your child into a dance studio has been weighing on your heart but you are concerned with how much it could cost you monthly or annually this blog post has been created for you! It is important that you understand studio payments, commitments involved, and wardrobe/recital costs before allowing your child to enter into the world of dance.
Cost & Commitment
If your child is looking to take up dance as a hobby, you can expect to pay somewhere between $60 - $150 dollars per month for studio tuition. Pricing can vary depending on the number of classes your child is taking per week and which region of the U.S. you reside in. Keep in mind that tuition is just the first cost of dance classes and schooling as you must factor in extra costs like specialized dance shoes, clothes, and accessories. Almost every dance studio or school holds an annual recital with special costumes and accessories. You can count on this event costing you $75 dollars or more.
Special events like a yearly recital or seasonal shows are major productions that your child can opt to participate in. If your child decides that he or she would like to join in one of these shows such as the seasonal Christmas Nutcracker production for example, while this experience will be extremely fun, it will also call for a considerable amount of your time and money. Seasonal shows require additional costume rentals, new shoes, and extra practices/rehearsals. Competitions are another element to consider as they too require extra costs like entry fees and costume purchases. Children who prove to be rather talented in dance will be asked to compete. It is eventually inevitable.
Keep this factor in mind. Competitions are not all bad as they will improve your child's dance technique and performance ability.
Studying dance offers your child a plethora of benefits. Not only does dance give children an appreciation of movement and music, dance also aids in the development of flexibility and coordination. Practicing dance regularly i.e. classes, practices, rehearsals, and performances teaches your child discipline and each accomplishment will encourage their self-confidence. Plus, dance is a team sport and will therefore provide your child with social interaction gaining them friends with similar interests.
Professional Dance Expectations
Your child may decide to take dance one step further and become a young professional. This can skyrocket the cost of your child's dance budget immensely. Professional dance will also demand a lot out of your child physically as well as mentally. You definitely get out what you put in. Training will be rigorous, this can even ring true for younger professional dancers just entering the dance realm. Classes will be scheduled five to six days a week and often more than one class per day will be required. It is not uncommon for professional dancers to practice full time and work school around their dance schedule. The cost of raising a serious dancer through fifteen years of professional training at top tier dance studios and summer camps while also purchasing the required clothing, shoes, and accessories can cost you around $120,000 dollars or more. Food for thought.