For Parents

The ADV assessments program is different!

The ADV syllabus encourages parents to participate in the dance assessment process of their children.

Teachers are advised to consult with parents with regard to the Option system thereby taking into account the individual physical, emotional and cognitive development of the student.

Students in dance are often high achievers.  If they perceive pressure to please their parents, this can add to their stress, both positive and negative, for daily living and growing.

Parents are encouraged to support their children in their efforts, to reassure them that dance is for the child's own enjoyment and that they are loved for themselves, rather than for their achievements.

  •  If children are interested, encourage them to dance. However, if the child is not willing to dance, do not force them.
  • Encourage dance students to see live professional dance performances as often as possible.
  • Teach children that a good attitude, hard work and effort throughout the year is as important as "winning" so that the results of each assessment or performance is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Encourage children to always participate according to the rules of the school and the assessment program.
  • Focus upon the child's efforts and performance rather than the overall outcome of the assessment. This assists children in setting realistic goals related to their ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  • Never ridicule a child for making a mistake or not reaching an expectation in an assessment.
  • Remember, children are involved in dance for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Remember, children learn best from example. Applaud good performances by all of the performers.
  • If you disagree with an assessor, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than question the judgment in public.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from dance activities.