Dance Classes on the Main Line and Delaware County

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Napoli School Voted “Best Music and Dance Studio”

by the Main Line Times and News of Delaware County

 

Napoli School of Music and Dance

If you are looking for fun, educational, and inspiring dance classes from top-notch teachers, you don’t have to look any further. Since 1988, we have helped over 4,000 students of all ages and levels learn the skills that they need to enjoy music and dance for a lifetime. Whether you want to study ballet (so you can dance like Angelina Ballerina, jazz (so you can dance like you are on Broadway), tap (so you can kick out some cool rhythms), or hip hop (so you can dance along with your favorite music videos), we have a program that’s right for you. Our dance program offers you half-hour preschool dance classes for ages 3-6 (creative movement) and hour-long ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop dance classes for ages six to adult. We are widely recognized in the Main Line and Delaware County areas for our unique program that features small class sizes and a low pressure, family-oriented environment where you will learn while having fun. We offer you performance opportunities and a fully staffed front desk to assist you with all your needs.

Seven Reasons to Choose Us For Dance Classes

Small Class Sizes

Small dance class size is a signature of the dance school and part of the reason many students come back year after year. Smaller dance class sizes allow the teacher to give extra attention to each student and for the entire class to build a closer relationship together, which assists in building confidence and  making friends. For the younger students, small dance class sizes allow the teacher to assert more control over the classroom and make sure every student understands the concepts and instructions and that no fundamental concepts are being missed. This will ensure they do not develop bad habits or improper techniques.

Teachers

Napoli Dance School prides itself on its professional, highly qualified teaching staff. Our instructors have college degrees from accredited universities as well as experience teaching and performing many different styles and levels of dance from ballet to jazz and tap to hip hop. Additionally, for our younger students, they have warm, inviting personalities, are very patient and have experience working with children. They are youthful and fun and engage the students with compelling music. We also incorporate fun costumes and props. Dance teachers at Napoli Dance School also choreograph highly creative pieces for the recitals. For the young children they also come up with creative activities to keep the students learning and to build their confidence and coordination.

Facilities

Dance is a very physical activity with a lot of jumping, which can potentially be damaging to the joints.  The Napoli dance studios feature a professional “floating” dance floor that rests on high-density foam to absorb the shock of any jumping to keep pressure off of the knees and joints.  The top layer of the dance studio floor is a vinyl composite “Marley” floor, imported from England. This allows our dancers the ability to slide easier without slipping. This type of dance studio floor ensures that dancers can dance for longer periods without injury or fatigue. Dance studios at both locations offer closed-circuit televisions so that parents can view the classes from the waiting room. There are waiting rooms stocked with magazines and children’s activities.

Recital

Napoli Dance School recitals are a one of a kind opportunity for students of all ages to perform in full costume on a professional stage with professional sound and lighting. It is an amazing experience for students, and the dance teachers choreograph special pieces for each of their classes. The recitals are optional, so you do not have to participate if you choose not to, and all classes are invited to perform. Costumes and tickets are affordable, and all costumes are altered free of charge. Parents are not expected to do any fundraising. The recitals are an opportunity for students of the dance school to show off the skills they have learned during the year, meet other students and teachers from the dance school and gain valuable stage experience that will build their self confidence in the years to come. By dividing our recitals into smaller sets, we make the shows a comfortable length for family members.

Front Desk

A drawback of many dance studios is that the dance teacher also is responsible for assisting with tuition and other administrative duties, which cuts into the class time and focus of the teacher. Napoli School of Dance has a full time administrative customer service staff available all day and during all dance classes by phone or in person to assist you. This frees up the dance teachers to focus on teaching the dance class and running a curriculum. The administrative staff prides themselves on going above and beyond and doing whatever it takes to keep our students and parents happy.

Convenience

With two locations in Springfield (Delaware County) and Ardmore (on the Main Line), the dance school is accessible to a large area and convenient to many locations. The creative movement and beginning ballet classes are set up back to back to accommodate siblings of different ages, and the school is also a music school focusing on private music lessons. This gives families the opportunity to enroll siblings in simultaneous or back to back music and dance classes. The helpful and courteous front desk staff assists with scheduling classes in a way that will make it the most convenient for you. The after school and Saturday hours are perfect for children in school and working parents.

Extra Benefits

Viewing days are offered a few times a year where friends and family are invited into the dance studio to view the class directly in the dance studio and have the opportunity to experience first-hand what the dance class is working on. The special “bring a friend” day is also offered a few times during the season, where up to 2 friends are invited to participate in the dance classes.  Teachers write summaries every few months to keep parents up to date on what their classes are working on, which are sent out via mail and email, and in the spring each student receives a personalized progress report that includes recommendations for dance classes in upcoming sessions. There is a special summer session that allows students to choose how many classes they plan to attend, making it easier to plan vacations while still attending the dance school over the summer.

The Napoli Advantage

Since 2001, we have helped thousands of students on the Main Line, Delaware County and Montgomery County learn how to dance. We know what works and what does not work. The Napoli Dance teachers can help your child learn dance techniques that will engage them and help them to enjoy dance lessons for a lifetime. We pride ourselves on the fact that we teach a fun and informative class, but we also give you excellent customer service. Our full time office staff takes care of all the scheduling, billing and other questions that you might have. This allows our teachers to concentrate 100% on teaching lessons. They do not have to use valuable lesson time to do scheduling and collect tuition.

Ardmore Studio (610-658-5284)
692 Pont Reading Road
Ardmore, PA 19003
(down the street from Chestnutwold Elementary School).

This location is in Ardmore, but it is also convenient to Havertown, Wynnewood, Narberth (Penn Valley), Bryn Mawr, Merion, Broomall, Bala Cynwyd and Gladwyne.

Springfield Studio (610-544-2550)
353 Baltimore Pike (2nd floor)
Springfield, PA 19064.
(next to Chuck. E Cheese)

This location is in Springfield, but it is also convenient to Drexel Hill, Media, Lansdowne, Broomall, Penn Valley, Secane and Swarthmore.

Four Things Every Parent Should Know Before Choosing a Dance Studio

If most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers, experience teaching children and a big show at the end of the year, aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter which place you decide to enroll? Yes. There are four main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles the parents must deal with, and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program. Here are four things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child.

1. WHAT TYPE OF DANCE FLOOR IS USED?

Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which 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 slipping and falling). 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.

2. WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE CLASS?

If the dance class has fewer students in it each child will receive more personalized attention, learn more and have more fun. With younger students it is easier for a teacher to maintain control over the class and make sure each student understands the concepts and instructions. Our smaller class sizes make sure that no fundamental concepts are being missed. A smaller class size also allows our teachers to ensure that students are not developing bad habits or improper technique. Our studio limits all of our classes (ages 6 and up) to a maximum of just 12 students per class. With our Toddler dance classes (ages 3 – 5), we limit all of our classes to a maximum of just 10 students per class.

3. WHAT ARE THE “EXTRAS” REQUIRED FOR THE YEAR END SHOW?

Most studios put on a year end show in a professional theatre. Students that perform in the show must have a costume for their dance number. Some studios may require parents to sew their child’s costumes, or pay extra and the parents must find their own seamstress to do the sewing. This can be inconvenient and frustrating for parents who are busy or can’t sew. Our studios use our own professional tailor to sew and alter the costumes so parents do not have to worry about any costume hassles. This way you as a parent will not be faced with any extra work or expenses.

4. CAN I GET IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE AND CUSTOMER SERVICE?

In many studios the teacher or the studio owner conducts classes and does the administration. By trying to do two jobs at once, the class may suffer as the teacher has to use class time for customer service issues, or the studio may have no customer service available if the teacher is in a class. To have a good experience it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with details like costumes or schedules, even if a teacher is occupied in a class. Our studios have office staff on hand during all regular class times, so you can get immediate assistance.

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Ardmore Studio (610-658-5284)
690-692 Pont Reading Road
Ardmore, PA 19003
(down the street from Chestnutwold Elementary School).
This location is located in Ardmore, but it is also convenient to Havertown, Wynnewood, Narberth (Penn Valley), Bryn Mawr, Merion, Broomall, Bala Cynwyd and Gladwyne.

Springfield Studio (610-544-2550)
353 Baltimore Pike (2nd floor)
Springfield, PA 19064.
(next to Chuck. E Cheese)
This location is located in Springfield, but it is also convenient to Drexel Hill, Media, Lansdowne, Broomall, Penn Valley, Secane and Swarthmore.

 

 

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