You hold your child's physical future in your hands. Upon deciding a Dance School, one of the first concerns should be "what type of floor your child will be dancing on". Dancing on unsuitable concrete floors can literally hurt your child's joints and muscles. The damage caused to muscles and joints by repeated impact on a solid concrete surface will injure a dancer for life. The key benefit of a proper dance floor is the shock absorption which helps to ensure less chance of spinal, ankle, or leg injury. If the floor is not absorbent, concrete floor, the body becomes the shock absorber. So, before you decide on a Dance School, you need to think twice about your child's physical future.
Dance is one of the most challenging and athlectic art forms. Shoes are the most important equipment for dance. Leaping, jumping, sliding, pirouetting and plenty of stepping to the beat put the most wear and tear on feet, ankles, and shins. Any good instructor would not allow students to wear street (tennis) shoes to dance in, warm up, or go across the floor with combinations. So, I ask parents. Why do you allow this? Is it to cut back on cost? Is it, everyone else is doing it? Oh, how about. My child perfers to dance in street shoes. Whatever the reason is, it is a high PRICE your child will pay for in the future.