We all want the best for our children, but sometimes it can be hard to know the best ways to support them. Should we point out their mistakes to make them better? Should we offer tips and pointers or just observe quietly? We’ve gathered a few tips to help you support your dancer in a positive way.

1.Encourage and praise your child, even when they make mistakes.
It’s important that your child knows that they have your support, even when they make a mistake. Point out the ways you see them improving and how they can learn from their mistakes.

2. Allow your child to make decisions about his or her dance classes.
Give your child options such as “You may take Ballet or Jazz next semester. Which class would you prefer to take?” This allows your child to feel empowered and in control of their learning.

3. Teach your child to be a team player.
Cheer for the other students at the studio and encourage your child to do the same. This will help your child form friendships with the other dancers, rather than solely focusing on competition and comparison.

4. Give your child responsibilities regarding his or her classes.
Allow your dancers to pack their own dance bags, lay out their own dance clothes and take care of their dance shoes. This instills a sense of responsibility and discipline in your child and allows them to take ownership of their dance career.

5. Support your child’s instructors.
The dance instructor wants only the best for your child. Support the instructors by reinforcing the lessons at home or asking your child to show you what they learned after each class. This will give your child extra practice time and teach them to respect their instructors, improving the learning experience.

Learning how to be a supportive dance parent is similar to learning how to be a good dancer. It takes time and practice. Following these simple tips can help you support your child’s dance career and help them become the best dancer they can be.