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    DD is still very little (2 and a bit), but keeps saying that she wants to do dancing. She does gymnastics, and absolutely loves it, and they do dancing components to that - which she really enjoys.

    I'm happy to let her do it, buuuut am wary about dance schools for 2 reasons:

    1) Body issues. Sure, she's only little, but I know that there can be a focus on body/ weight at schools - especially if they keep going with it.

    2) Make-up / adult type songs and dance moves. I really don't like seeing little girls with lots of make-up on or doing adult type dance moves. No judging for parents whose kids do that, but it's not my thing. Most of the websites I'm finding (even Kinder Ballet) seem to show kids with lots of makeup on.

    Any suggestions...?? I know my criteria make it tough.

    I'm after a ballet or classical type dance school that doesn't involve truck loads of make-up, and won't turn DD into a little girl who worries about her weight...

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    Where abouts in Brisbane are you looking?? Our DD is really enjoy Movements Academy of Dance (at Kallangur) at the moment - she's only been there since Easter, so we're just about to hit the first lot of concerts etc. Based on the photos they have up around the studios the little kids aren't heavily made up. I haven't seen anything other than DD's class so can't comment on the type of movement at this stage (but yes, some studios' choices of music and movement are really cringeworthy!!). In their hour lesson, they do some ballet, some tap and some jazz.

    And I also don't think the issue of body image is a hugely prevalent issue in most studios (could be WAY wrong here)....I danced for 15 years, and now teach Dance in a high school context and have never had a student come in complaining about issues in their Dance school (actually there was one, but it is a very 'well known' studio and one I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole). Unless your child is looking at an elite career, most studios are there to foster the love of Dance, and the huge range of dance styles/classes available certainly make it easier for kids to find their niche...I would think that the issue of body image would arise far more in the gymnastics arena, because they really do need to be a muscle!

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    Where abouts (general vicinity) do you live?

    I'm a dance teacher in Bris, I had my own studio until last year when I stopped because of a) floods (most of my students were affected financially) and b) falling pregnant with my now 6 month old DD.

    I know about/of/the other teachers at many studios and would be happy to give my opinion.

    A lot of studios don't "over exposure" their littlies...

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    Thank you for the replies so far.

    Haha - no, wasn't anticipating that DD would have an 'elite' career. It's just that friends who danced as children have told me horror stories about being weighed every week and things like that!

    I'm ideally looking north west of Brisbane - anywhere from the CBD out. So - The Gap, Enoggera, Albany Creek, Aspley, Ferny Hills, Chermside, Samford, Ferny Grove, Mitchelton, Keperra, Newmarket, etc.

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    My DD goes to Conroy Dance Centre and she absolutely loves it there

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    Quote Originally Posted by OM View Post
    My DD goes to Conroy Dance Centre and she absolutely loves it there
    Just looking on the website now, and it looks great! Thank you

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    See, that's the one that I have issues with....lots of positive outcomes (I have some amazing students from there), but they are definitely all about the image and as students progressed they are asked not to come back if they don't suit the mould (despite the fact that you are the paying customer!) Also it's an 'all in' studio - if you aren't willing to be involved in everything, then you don't 'count'

    In that area, I have really positive things to say about Nicole Marshmans (at Warner?)...of the kids I taught (was previously at Albany Creek) the kids from Marshmans were 'thinkers'....they were technically proficient, had really positive attitudes (rather than a win at all cost mentality) and were also exposed to choreographic skills (rather than being show ponies - capable of replicating anything that you show them, but unable to use any of it in other contexts). I was doing some adult classes there this year too until a clash of schedule.

    I personally went to Desley Donaldson's (at AC) for 2 years and enjoyed it, though came later when my previous teacher retired, so didn't really feel 'involved' in the studio - don't hear a lot about it any more. The other one that does get a lot of positive review (and maybe closer to you?) is Caroline Gilby's (Everton Park I think) - again, strong technical aspect, but has a hands off approach (not made to feel bad for not doing exams/concerts etc), and my old teaching partner taught at All That Dance which is at The Gap. She's currently OS, but loved teaching there....not sure about any of their policies and procedures though.

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    I went to All That Dance at The Gap a long time ago when it was under a different name. The principal of the school was my teacher. She is fabulous at her job. And a top person to boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandaw View Post
    See, that's the one that I have issues with....
    Are you referring to Conroys???

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