Assistance Program

Eligibility to Junior and Senior

D Crew Members Only

Assisting your dance teacher with younger classes is a wonderful way to learn about teaching dance and even improve on your own technique. You will learn responsibility, lesson planning and helping other students.


Extent of your responsibilities will depend upon your age and your maturity.


If you are chosen for an assistant, realize the level of trust being placed on you, and in your ability to be mature enough to handle the job. Trust your teacher in return, trust her leadership, and trust her advice. The two of you must work together as a team, but always with the teacher in charge, and you as the backup person.



Responsiblities

Demonstrating


You must be ready to demonstrate any of the work to the class as needed. The teacher presents the activity or exercise, then lets you know whether she wants you to do it as a demonstrator in front of the class. To do this well, you must learn the work. Some will be the same each week, but if a new item is presented, you must learn it immediately; be a “quick study.” Whether you face the students, or demonstrate with your back to them will depend on your teacher’s method.


Giving Individual Help


If you see a student having trouble with a movement, and you are free to do so, give them some help, quietly, gently, and with a friendly and positive attitude. Give some praise if they respond correctly. You can help the class as needed in lining up, forming circles, being ready to start. Sometimes your teacher may want you to take one or two students aside at the back for special help. Avoid openly criticizing a student. Instead, ask them individually, and quietly if they’d like some help with that step.


Helping to Manage the Class


Learn the students’ names as soon as you can. Your teacher might give you instructions on helping them find the right place to dance, and she might tell you if certain students need to dance apart from each other. Dancers of all ages have personality and behavioral differences. Your teacher may want you to help guide their behavior, to help them learn what is appropriate for dance class.


Care of the Dancers


As an assistant, you now share some of the responsibility for keeping the students safe from injury, and for encouraging happy, friendly feelings within the class. Be positive in helping them to keep the rules of safety and courtesy. Be on the watch for any behavior that might lead to injury, or to damaging property.


Your Behavior


Come dressed as if you were a teacher. You are a role model for the students. As an assistant, the students will look up to you, and copy you in how you dress, how you dance, and in how you treat people.

Be a support to your teacher, stand by her and show respect for her and her studio rules. Never say anything negative about her, and never correct her openly in front of students. If you feel she needs a reminder during class, go to her and whisper it very quietly, and only if this item cannot wait until after class. Use good judgment.

When talking to parents, always be positive, encouraging, and supportive of your teacher. If you cannot answer a parent’s question, promise to get the answer from the teacher when she is available.



Lesson Plans


Depending on age and length in program, assistance will be responsible for teaching:


  • Warm ups

    • 5 min stretch with appropriate movement

    • Be able to talk class through the proper execution of each position

      • Teacher will observe and assist if needed

    • Appropriate music

      • Reach out to teacher if help is needed

    • Teacher will give feedback after class

    • 5 warm up lesson plans for the 2017-2018 season 


  • Progressions

    • 10 min of level appropriate material

    • Be able to talk class through proper execution of each step

      • Teacher will observe and assist if needed

    • Appropriate music

      • Reach out to teacher if help is needed

    • Teacher will give feedback after class

    • 5 Progression lesson plans for the 2017-2018 season


  • Combinations

    • 1-2 min combination of appropriate material 

    • Be able to talk class through proper execution of each step

      • Teacher will observe and assist if needed

    • Appropriate music

      • Reach out to teacher if help is needed

    • 2-5 combinations lesson plans for the 2017-2018 season (number depends on experience)


Tuition Discounts


Each hour worked will discount your tuition $8. Experienced assistance will get first choice at which classes they want to assist with. Each assistant will be responsible for logging their hours in the system. If you are not able to attend your assigned class, let your teacher know as soon as possible.