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Private Lessons vs. Group Lessons: Finding the Perfect Fit for Your Child's Dance & Theatre Journey

When it comes to nurturing your child's passion for dance and musical theatre, the choice between private lessons and group lessons can be a significant decision.

Each approach offers unique benefits that cater to different learning styles and personalities.

In this blog, we'll explore the advantages of both private and group lessons and provide valuable pointers for parents with shy children, those who struggle with focus, and those who have a love for music, singing, dancing, and performing.

Kim and the Little Barn Team:

Teaching Dance and Musical Theatre with Passion

Kim, the founder of our dance and musical theatre academy, has honed her teaching method over three decades of experience in New York City and the tri-state area. Her approach, which treats dance as fancy walking, aims to inspire children from all walks of life. Kim specializes in working with very young children, instilling in them the building blocks of dance and tap curriculum while fostering a love for dance and theatre.

Finding Creative Ways to Teach:

One of the key aspects of Kim's teaching philosophy is to make each lesson engaging and enjoyable for students. Kim and her team strive to incorporate the steps of the day into every dance and activity, reinforcing them through repetition. By fostering a sense of improvisation and creativity, the team ensures that each class becomes an exciting and dynamic experience. Moreover, Little Barn also offers singing and acting classes, which the young dancers absolutely adore.

Patience, Fun, and Love:

The guiding principles at Little Barn revolve around patience, repetition, and a fun-filled approach to learning. By laying a solid dance curriculum in an approachable manner, the team builds a child's dance language and skills. They understand that every child learns at their own pace, and through love and encouragement, they create a nurturing environment where children feel empowered to explore their artistic abilities.


Private Lessons: Tailored Guidance and Individual Attention

Private lessons offer a highly personalized learning experience that can be beneficial for children with specific needs. Shy children or those who find it hard to focus often thrive in one-on-one settings. With undivided attention from the instructor, shy children can gradually build confidence and feel comfortable expressing themselves. Private lessons also allow instructors to focus on the unique strengths and weaknesses of each child, tailoring the curriculum to their individual needs.

Group Lessons: Building Social Skills and Teamwork

Group lessons provide a vibrant and social environment where children can interact with their peers who share a similar passion for dance and musical theatre. For children who love music, singing, dancing, and performing, group lessons offer an excellent platform for collaboration, creativity, and building lasting friendships. Group settings encourage teamwork, communication, and the development of essential social skills, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie.

A few practical tips for Parents:

1. Shy Children: Encourage gradual exposure by starting with small group classes or private lessons, allowing your child to gain confidence at their own pace. Celebrate their achievements and provide positive reinforcement to build self-esteem.

2. Difficulty with Focus: Look for classes with instructors who employ engaging teaching methods and incorporate various interactive activities to keep your child stimulated. Break down the lesson into smaller, manageable parts to improve focus and retention.

3. Love for Music, Singing, Dancing, and Performing: Seek programs that offer a comprehensive curriculum encompassing singing, acting, and dance. This will allow your child to explore and develop their diverse interests while receiving a well-rounded education.


Choosing between private lessons and group lessons for your child's dance and musical theatre education depends on their unique personality and learning style. Private lessons provide personalized attention and cater to specific needs, while group lessons foster social skills and collaborative learning. By understanding your child's strengths and challenges, and considering their interests and preferences, you can make an informed decision that sets them on a fulfilling journey along "the yellow brick road" of dance and musical theatre. At Little Barn, we believe in creating important and inspirational spaces where children can grow into confident dancers, singers, and actors while forging friendships and finding mentors in a nurturing and creative environment.

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