East Sacramento Location
Nestled in the heart of East Sacramento, only minutes away from the campus of CSU Sacramento, our studio is easily accessed from all parts of the greater Sacramento region.
Professional Sprung dance floors, free WIFI, and TV monitors to enjoy watching your dancer in class.
Land Park Location
READ: Dance Floors
Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping. This can put stress on bones and joints. Most dance footwear does not provide any cushioning or support, so the shock of dance movement can place a lot of pressure on the knees and back of a dancer. The best way to prevent against potential injury is by choosing a studio with a professional “floating floor”. A floating floor is a dance floor that rests on a system of high-density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping. A high-density foam base is superior to a “sprung” floor, which usually consists of a wood structure built on the regular floor.
The top layer of the dance floor is also an important factor. A vinyl composite “marley” floor is accepted worldwide as the best surface layer for recreational to professional dance. Facilities such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England, and Riverdance - The Touring Show, all use marley floors as their dance surface. A marley floor allows dancers to slide, with a degree of “controlled slip", but is not slippery so there is less risk of slips and falls. Very few studios use professional marley floors because of the expense involved, and usually opt for a regular floor tile for a studio floor.
All of our studio locations have floating floors that have over 700 high density foam blocks under the floor surface and a marley top surface that is imported from England. Our special floors help reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired.
READ: Why is it so important to have dance studio mirrors?
From a dancers point of view, there are a number of positive reasons why having dance mirrors fitted in their dance studio is important. The mirror provides dancers with immediate visual feedback and is helpful in self-correction. It allows them to evaluate the height, shape, and line of their movement, and to adjust their placement.
The dancers see themselves in the mirror as the audience would see them. Dance mirrors also help with positioning and placement in formation when dancing in a group. Many dancers feel that the mirror is crucial for their success and serves as an important tool for technique training.
READ: Can I Watch My Child’s Acro Dance Lessons?
Parents are able to watch their children’s lessons through closed circuit video cameras in each studio through a television in the lobby. Some of our class rooms also have viewing windows. This allows parents to supervise and see their children dance without being a distraction in the classroom.
It’s tough, when your kids are tiny, to leave them, even for a little while. Dance classes can start for kids at a very young age, sometimes as young as 3. Most parents aren’t keen to leave kids this size alone with anyone but a most trusted family member or carer.
we understand you might be worried about leaving your little one with us for their dance lesson
But please, don’t be. We welcome and encourage you to watch a trial lesson where you can see our beautiful magical programme, meet the magical teacher and hear the music. Then you can decide if our classes are the right fit for you and your child.
The truth is, our students focus best on learning when it’s just them and a teacher in the room.
A teacher in a class with no parent observers gets more done, receives better responses from the kids and builds trust and rapport faster than a class with parents watching.
Our dance classes are a super safe, super fun introduction to dance
At only 45 minutes they’re short, sweet and the kids are engaged at every moment. Your child builds confidence and self-esteem and apart from dancing, they also learn about lining up, taking turns, listening to the teacher, following 3-5 part instructions. All valuable school readiness skills. We encourage your little one to be cooperative and sociable in a nurturing environment.
And you can always watch the last class of each term!
But i’m just watching quietly, we hear you say. are you sure i can’t stay?
Yep, we’re sure. For kids this size, their parent is their shining light, their focus point. For them to concentrate on learning steps, or following a leader or moving to the music, they need to focus. If you’re just across the room they can’t separate and neither can they learn. They’ll watch you, your reactions, your expressions. Some kids are more emotional when their parents are watching, which can be tough on everyone.
Don’t forget the other kids in the class either. Some might be uncomfortable with strange parents watching and not get the most out of their lesson.
Relax and leave your dancer to have fun and learn with us
We know from years of experience, if parents aren’t there, the children stop being distracted and start learning. With very few exceptions, when kids are in a dance class with just a teacher, they concentrate better, take instructions better and learn faster.
Parents often like a chat too. If they’re watching, and chatting to one another, the volume levels in the room rise, making it impossible for the kids to learn. Noise bounces off the wooden floors, students can’t hear instructions or the music and teachers can’t hear themselves think.
If your child is already signed up and you’d like to watch them in action, please come to our open dance classes at the end of each term. Our end of year in-class concerts are also a lovely time to watch your dancer in action.
It’s natural to worry about your child’s safety when you’re not with them. Here’s what we’d like you to know about our classes and our school so you can comfortably leave your little one with us.
Every one of our staff has a working with children check
We’re a registered dance school and business
We supervise the children from the time they enter the class until we hand them back to you
Our teachers love and adore the tiny toes ballerinas/danseurs in their lives
We’re totally dedicated to the safety of our students and the quality dance experience we offer at Fancy Feet Dance Academy. If you have any questions about our classes please don’t hesitate to contact us.