With March upon us and Spring Break about to start, we are just SIX WEEKS away from Performance Week! Wow.
With that in mind, here are our 6 best recital tips for keeping your sanity during this busy time:
- Label everything! Add your child’s initials to the tags inside their costumes, tights, shoes, and any other important items in their dance bag or garment bag. An easy way to do this? Write on a piece of masking tape and stick it inside the item.
- Remember not to let your dancer play in their costume at home until after the recital. Although it’s tempting (and fun!) it’s simply too late for us to get a replacement if something happens to it!
- Find a few extra minutes to read through your Recital Info Packet, which was handed out during Sneak Peek Week. You’ll find all the details for Performance Week right at your fingertips, but we are just a phone call away if you have any questions.
- Encourage your dancer to keep a balanced schedule: help them get lots of rest, healthy snacks, plenty of water, and make sure they aren’t putting too much stress on themselves from school or dance. Even young dancers can internalize outside pressures, and we want to keep recital preparations feeling fun and exciting!
- Plan ahead for Photo Week (March 22-28) and any other extra items you might want to purchase, such as pre-ordering a yearbook program or recital DVD. You’ll feel less rushed if you’re able to knock those tasks off your list early on.
- Think about volunteering! If you’d like to help out behind the scenes during Performance Week, sign up with us to be a Backstage Volunteer; we have sign-up sheets at the front desk. Class Moms are able to watch their dancer(s) from wings of the stage, which of course we consider to be the best seat in the house!
And hey, don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back for being an awesome parent! We truly have some of the most dedicated, involved, and supportive parents (and grandparents) here at SDC, and we’re happy you’re one of them.
Enjoy your Spring Break, and we’ll see you back in the classroom soon!
– Ms. Julie
We are excited to announce that our Summer classes are open for registration! Click here to view our Summer Info flyers.
You’ll notice that we’re offering two three-week sessions this year. Remember that you can always customize which weeks you’d like to participate in. Stay tuned for “pop-up summer camp” info too!
We encourage ALL of our dancers to participate in at least three weeks of classes to maintain their progress. If you’re not sure which class is right for you child, please ask! We’re happy to guide you in the right direction.
– Ms. Julie
Here’s some of our most encouraging advice for a successful recital experience with your little one!
Remember that ….
- Dancing on stage in front of hundreds of people is a pretty big deal! Some dancers are shy and others ham it up. However they react, ALL of our young dancers are gaining a tremendous amount of confidence by performing.
- Live performances can be unpredictable—and often in positive ways. You may wonder whether your little one will forget the dance routine or if they’ll be too nervous to perform. Though those things do happen, they are rare! Most often our young dancers surprise in the best and most adorable ways.
- Success come in many forms, and we do not promote perfection as one of them! Instead, we talk in class about the dancers trying their best and having fun while they perform.
We hope you enjoy celebrating your dancer’s hard work and effort this recital season. The SDC team is super proud of all of our young dancers’ progress this year!
– Ms. Julie
Many of our dancers LOVE practicing their recital dance at home! So what can you do to encourage your child and help them practice? Here are four of our best tips:
- If you haven’t already received an email with a link to your child’s recital music, that will be coming to you later this month! Ask your child to practice what they remember best.
- Resist the urge to “teach” the dance steps yourself; allow your child’s dance teacher to champion those skills in the classroom. Instead, have your child teach you! This helps build confidence.
- Know that practice won’t make perfect – but it will make progress! Even listening to the music by itself is very helpful, as young dancers become more familiar with the beat and rhythms.
- During Sneak Peek Week, take a video of your child’s class while they practice their recital dance. Afterward, they can practice at home alongside the video.
Practicing dance at home should feel comfortable and supportive, and dancers should feel proud of each step they can do independently.
If you ever have any questions about what is safe or appropriate to practice at home, please don’t hesitate to ask us! We’re happy to help.
– Ms. Julie
Parents, it’s that time of year when getting your child to dance class can seem extra-challenging! With the weather fluctuations, cold and flu season underway, and homework exhaustion setting in, January sometimes feels like “the mid-year slump.”
Not to worry though. In our experience, the slump is only temporary and you and your child’s spirits are about to increase tenfold because … recital costumes will be here soon! And Sneak Peek Week is coming, and summer classes will be announced, and on and on …
With all that’s coming up soon at the studio, everyone’s mid-year slump is about to turn into a mid-year boost! February is around the corner, so expect to hear more about these upcoming studio happenings:
- Recital costumes will start to be distributed mid-February
- Sneak Peek Week will be held in early March
- Summer class registration will begin in early March
- Photo Week will take place after Spring Break
- Recital tickets will go on sale in late March
If your dancer is feeling a little languid these days, just remind him or her that there’s some big excitement on the horizon! We can’t wait to ramp up to performance season and beyond!
– Ms. Julie
We’re excited to announce a new class coming to our schedule in February!
Due to popular demand, we’re opening a new Ballet 4 class for students in 5th grade or higher. The class will begin Saturday, February 3 and take place from 12:30-1:30pm.
Interested? Just click right here and send us an email, and we’ll get your dancer signed up!
See you soon!
– Ms. Julie
Happy New Year!
It’s time for a new year and a new semester – a fresh start!
Although the regular dance season has been in session for months, the spring semester is like its own new beginning.
SDC students will begin working on recital routines during the next couple of weeks, preparing for the Spring Concert at the end of April. While class time will continue to focus on building technique and skill, the element of performance now comes into play too.
Returning to class (or starting a new one) in January is the ideal time for any dancer to recalibrate. Even for the youngest preschooler, it’s a new chance to work on those “listening ears” or to bounce a little higher during your “bunny hops!” For the hard-working second-grader, there’s the opportunity to polish your pirouette technique or gather the confidence to try freestyling in hip hop. And for the experienced teenager, it’s the clean slate you wanted – to push a little harder, sweat a little more, and reach for your goals.
We’re looking forward to getting back to work in the classroom this week, and we can’t wait to leap into this fresh start with all of our dancers!
See you Wednesday!
– Ms. Julie
Wishing ALL of our dancers and their parents a happy and healthy Winter Break! Enjoy this time off to put family first.
We’ll see you back in the classroom on January 3rd. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Studio Dance Centre!
– Ms. Julie
Dance families, it’s almost time for Parent Observation Week! We’re so excited to invite you into the classroom to see a demonstration of what your dancer’s class has been working on so far this year.
Here are some handy tips and reminders about this very special week:
- This year’s Parent Observation Week is Friday, December 8 through Thursday, December 14.
- Most classes will hold their demonstration during the last 10-15 minutes of class. If your dancer’s class will present at an earlier time, we will email you the week before!
- Some classes may hold their demonstration in a different classroom, in order to allow for more viewing space. The teacher will notify you if this is the case.
- We’d love for you to invite other family members to visit during this week! Please be aware that parking, lobby, and classroom spaces will be extra-busy.
- Siblings are welcome too, of course! We ask that you closely supervise very young siblings so they do not become too loud or disruptive during the demonstration so the focus can be on the dancers.
- We encourage you to take photos or video to capture this important milestone for your dancer. As a courtesy, please turn off or silence all screens and devices not being used to record.
One final note: Dancers are often nervous to show their presentation, so please expect some jitters! Some dancers may freeze up, others will be shy, and occasionally we even see tears. All of those things are normal, and all of our teachers are experienced with guiding the dancers through their emotions or comforting them if needed. Remember that your dancer is growing his or her independence and will benefit from this experience, whether or not the dancing was perfect.
Please let us know if you have ANY questions in advance of Parent Observation Week. We can’t wait to see you in the “audience” soon!
– Ms. Julie
A common misconception at this time of year is that it’s too late to join dance, since our season goes from August through May. Not true! We welcome new dancers all year long.
Dancers who are just now signing up can also get in on recital participation too, as long as you act quickly. Our first round of costumes have been ordered, but we’ll schedule an additional late order to accommodate new students. (Costumes may not arrive in time for Photo Week, but we’ll try our hardest!)
If dance has been on your mind and you just haven’t had the chance to sign up yet, give us a call, email us, or stop by and we can find the classes that are just the right fit for your child. We look forward to meeting you!
– Ms. Julie