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161 Lincoln Highway - Edison, NJ 08820

Ph: 908 - 756 - 9245

Testimonials

"As a family, we feel Edison & Cranford School of Music and Dance makes my daughters feel special. We have watched them first foster a love for music during their music lessons and now in dance they have grown from nervous young girls to a proud, confident dancers...."

-- Denise

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Upcoming Events

April 30 - Picture Day

April 30 - Priority Pre-Registration

June 3 - (Dance Only) Dress Rehearsal Week

June 11 - Music Recital

 

4 Things Every Parent Should Know Before Choosing A Dance Studio


1. Who are the teachers?

Many studios go to great lengths to publicize instructors with college degrees in dance. College degrees are an asset but not necessarily the only important thing for a parent to look for. All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid Certified. In addition, you can take advantage of a special situation when a studio hires alumni as teachers on their staff. There are many students who studied for years at one studio. If those students decide to pursue a career in the arts, and then are drawn back to the teacher in which they grew up with, you then have a valuable situation for students to take advantage of. These teachers are unique because they are now passing on their knowledge in the very same manner in which it was given to them by the director/teachers. Consequently, the cycle continues from teacher to student in the same setting. Look for studios that hire alumni and/or university trained instructors. If your child can’t take class directly from the owner, you will be getting instruction that is equally as good.

2. What is the size of the class?

If the dance class has fewer students in it each child will receive more personalized attention, learn more and have more fun. With younger students it is easier for a teacher to maintain control over the class and make sure each student understands the concepts and instructions. Our smaller class sizes make sure that no fundamental concepts are being missed. A smaller class size also allows our teachers to ensure that students are not developing bad habits or improper technique. Our studio limits all of our classes (ages 6 - 13) to maximum of just 14 students per class. With our pre-school classes (ages 2 - 4) we limit all of our classes to a maximum of just 10 students per class. Our advanced classes, however, have larger numbers. The students in these classes have developed proper technique and will have the experience of taking a “master class”. Master classes are found in universities and in New York City. You can experience the professionalism of a university or Manhattan school without the commute or expense.

3. What are the “extras” required for the year end show?

Most studios put on a year end show in a professional theatre. Students that perform in the show must have a costume for their dance number. Some studios may require parents to sew their child’s costumes, pay extra for alterations, and/or find their own tailor to do the sewing. This can be inconvenient and frustrating for parents who are busy or can’t sew. Our studio uses our own professional seamstress to sew and alter the costumes, so parents do not have to worry about costume hassles. Most studios also require parents to purchase tickets for the show’s dress rehearsal, which is an added expense. The dress rehearsal is also another long day at the theatre and an inconvenience. Our studio has our dress rehearsal right at the studio the week before the show, during regular class times. This way you as the parent will not be faced with any additional work or expenses. The students simply arrive to their regularly scheduled class with their costumes, change at the studio, and perform their routine a number of times. Parents are free to attend this rehearsal at no cost to them.

4. Can I get immediate assistance and customer service?

In many studios, the teacher or the studio owner conducts classes and does administration. By trying to do two jobs at once, the class may suffer as the teacher has to use class time for customer service issues. Or the studio may have no customer service available at all if the teacher is in a class. To have a good experience, it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with details like costumes or schedules— even if a teacher is occupied in class. Our studio has office staff on hand during regular class time, so you can get immediate assistance.

 

 


Why We’re Different

As a parent we realize you have a choice between several different music and dance schools. All studios are not the same. We constantly renovate and improve our facilities and provide ongoing training to our staff to ensure we are always providing our students and parents with the best experience possible. Today, as in 2000, there are several different studios to choose from. We invite you to compare all of the features and options to see why our studio has been chosen more than any other music or dance school.

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