There are many dance studios in Lynchburg and the surrounding area. When parents want to enroll their daughters or sons in dance, ballet, tumbling, or acrobatics classes, they have decisions to make.
Some parents choose a studio based on location. Others use word of mouth to find a studio. Parents may also choose the studio their daughter or son’s friends attend.
Some factors to consider when choosing a dance studio
- Small class size
- Qualified teachers
- Professional facilities
- Varied curriculum
- Reasonable fees
- Physical location
- Reputation in the community
- Scheduled times for classes
For some moms, it’s natural to return to the studio they attended as girls. For many of today’s moms who danced as children, that studio is Forest Dance Academy.
With classes for children starting as young as age three, even the youngest children can find the right class.
There are more class offerings now than in the 80s and 90s when many of today’s moms dance. There were very few boys enrolled in dance classes when today’s parents were kids.
You’re still more likely to find dance classes filled with all girls than coed classes. Boys are more likely to take tumbling classes than dance classes.
Today, traditional ballet and tap lessons have been joined by other choices such as Hip-Hop, modern dance, advanced classes in leaps and turns, and graded ballet classes.
Some of today’s grandmas taught classes at Forest Dance Academy to help pay their daughter’s fees. Today they can delight in seeing their granddaughters learning dance at the same studio.
Benefits of dance lessons
- Increased self-esteem
- Learning new skills
- Improved coordination
- Better balance
- Increased self-discipline
- Improved stamina
- Better memory
- Good exercise
- Improves fitness
- Helps overcome shyness
- Encourages feelings of well being
Forest Dance Academy is still located at 4346 Waterlick Road. Still dancing after all these years. You can find out more about Forest Dance Academy at their website www.forestdanceacademy.com
Some other area studios include
- Carole Riggs Studio, 1101 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest
- Dance Theatre of Lynchburg, 722 Commerce Street, Lynchburg
- Seven Hills Dance Studio, 4925 Boonsboro Road, Lynchburg
If your child decides to take dance lessons, emjoy the journey and be sure to be prepared for the first dance recital. It’s traditional to present daughters with a bouquet or single rose following their recital.