Minute Masterclass Episode 70

Welcome to your one-minute masterclass. I’m Andrea Trench, founder of DiscoverDance. Today we continue our series on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Once our basic needs are largely met, we can climb to the second level of the hierarchy which are our Safety Needs. There are several ways we can meet these needs in our dance classes. 

First, we need to provide a clean, safe studio clear of tripping hazards, bare plug outlets, unsecured shelving units, and unnecessary clutter. In addition to a physically safe space, children need simple and clear expectations. We also need to hold our students accountable if those expectations are not met. 

Next, our students need consistency and predictability. This comes from having a solid routine with a consistent lesson plan framework. Changing the routine too often is not meeting the safety needs of the developing child…and you will see the effects of their needs not being met through their behavior. 

Lastly, we must be certain we are providing an emotional safe zone by acknowledging and tending to all the emotions our little ones can feel during the duration of class, responding to their needs appropriately, and remaining calm at all times. For more information, visit DiscoverDance.com.


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