The Balancing Activities Act
So many things to do, so little time. There are a million opportunities for students to explore their interests. As parents, you want to give your kids the chance to experience as much as they can. That’s why you enrolled them in dance class, but now the question becomes how do you teach them the art of balancing activities? It’s not uncommon for dance to be accompanied by several other extra-curricular activities, but we have to be careful of the fine line between well rounded, busy and over-committed, or burnt out. Balancing activities can be hard, but we are here to help.
Be Upfront About Your Commitments
Not just for the studio’s sake, but for yours as well! Help your dancer understand exactly what all they do in a week and have them ask themselves what they can realistically accomplish. As they sign up for different activities, consider the weekly commitment and the reasons why they are wanting to join. Certain activities tend to conflict more than others. Make a mock weekly schedule to determine if it seems doable.
Dance isn’t exempt from the chopping block. Of course, we think everyone should dance, but tired dancers don’t learn as effectively and are more prone to injury. If dance is one of the activities your student wants to stick with, take a look at how full their schedule is and if another activity could or should be dropped. When it comes to dance, taking classes recreationally can differ in commitment when compared to being in select groups. Be sure to know how your various activities view absences for when conflicts do arise.
Use a Planner for Balancing Activities
The schools recommend planners and so do we! Most of our faculty utilize some form of a planner! Whether it’s a physical paper planner or the calendar app on your phone, planners help us stay on top of our days. They can keep track of plans to tackle large projects or remind us of little tasks to accomplish. Some of our teachers go so far as to color coordinate their planners (it seems to help our visual brains process our busy lives). Overall, planners are the friend that makes sure nothing slips through the cracks.
Manage Your Time at the Studio
Balancing activities can translate to time management. Does your student have a break between classes? There are a lot of ways to utilize that time. Students often use that time to eat dinner or rest and chat with friends. Dance teachers often tell students to take some extra time to stretch and warm up their muscles to ensure they are ready to dance. However, it’s also possible to use that time to work on homework so that students don’t have to stay up until midnight afterwards! We made sure our lobby is WiFi enabled to make it possible to work on academics at the studio. Although we won’t always know the answers, your child’s dance faculty is willing to help with homework in whatever way we can! That’s what family is for!