The Top 3 Reasons Performing Is Amazing For Your Child

 

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Recital costume measurements are taking place soon, and recital is the talk of the hallways at the studio!  As we begin preparations for the Spring Concert in the fall, this when we sometimes have parents ask, “Why should my child participate in the recital?”

This is an excellent question, and an important one!  Dance is a performing art, and we want every child to experience the joy of being onstage.  While I could talk for hours and hours about the benefits of performing, I think there are really three core reasons why it is significant:

Progress

Throughout the dance season, our students are making awesome progress in class.  And when I say “awesome” I don’t necessarily mean the obvious, like learning fancy ballet steps (although that is pretty awesome too!).  What I mean is that the super-shy child comes out of her shell, or the child who said “I can’t” now says “I can,” or the teenager who struggled to smile now shines with every practice.  Seeing this kind of progress in class is great, but having it showcased on stage is priceless!  Performing allows these children to demonstrate their progress – both with the steps AND with their confidence.

Potential

For our students, and for their families, the recital is an excellent time to see what everyone else is doing!  Young dancers are inspired by seeing different styles of dance from backstage, and will often think to themselves, “I bet I can do that too!”  Parents in the audience, too, are able to see the potential dance holds, as they watch a variety of styles and age groups.  Dance offers the promise of so much growth if a young child sticks with it and works hard; the recital performance helps bring this potential to the stage.

Passion

Performing, for many young students, holds an excitement like nothing they’ve experienced before.  They may still be nervous, which is quite normal and expected, but we often see even the shyest child light up with joy when they step onstage.  A passion for dance, even if it didn’t seem obvious before, can bubble up to the surface after performing!  (Don’t be surprised if you end up watching the recital DVD on repeat!)  It’s this growing passion – not perfect technique or memory – that makes dancing so special.

If you have any questions (or hesitations) about having your child perform, I invite you to come talk with me or with another one of our wonderful SDC team members!  We love any opportunity to chat about performing.

– Ms. Julie

What REAL Dance Parents Are Like

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SDC dancer Audrey with her parents, Jared and Ramee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes I’m asked whether I watch the television show Dance Moms, or if the dance world is really like the way it’s portrayed in the show.  I don’t watch it (although I’ve seen clips) and it’s not like that …. not for us here at SDC anyway!  

Real dance moms (and dads) aren’t like that at all.  Real dance parents are supportive, encouraging, and involved, and they allow their children to experience the ups and downs dance can bring and progress at their own pace.  They are partners with us, the dance teachers – not enemies!  

We asked a couple of SDC dance families what they like most about their children being dance students, so we could share what REAL dance parents are like, and how much they care:

Michelle, whose two daughters, Elissa (8) and Lily (6) both take dance classes at SDC, says that the best part about dance for her girls is that they’re building their self confidence.

“Lily said it best right before the recital last year,” says Michelle.  “She said ‘I feel like I’m home on the stage.’  Both girls don’t care that hundreds of people are in the audience; they are there because they love it.”

Ramee and Jared, parents of SDC dancer Audrey (12, pictured above with her parents), agree wholeheartedly.  

“We have never pushed, just encouraged, and have enjoyed watching Audrey grow through the years,” says Ramee.  “She has gained a strong self-esteem, has become more mentally and physically strong, and has become increasingly independent because she is in control of her own path.  Dancing allows Audrey to be – and express – herself in ways that nothing else ever has.”

It’s parents like these – dedicated and supportive – that truly represent the dance families of the world.  We’re so thankful to have people like this at Studio Dance Centre!

– Ms. Julie

Dancing Through The Fall Season

Four Tips for a Successful Fall Semester

Fall is finally in the air!  At school, at sports, and of course, at dance, everyone is settling into their new schedules and getting comfortable with the routine (and probably enjoying a pumpkin spice cookie/muffin/latte in the process – ‘tis the season!).

Because dance classes take place throughout the school year, it’s extra-important for us to help parents keep their children engaged and having fun with dance.  To keep the routine just as enjoyable for your dancer as it was on Day 1, we have four tips to share for a successful semester:

  • Ask your dancer to show you (or teach you!) what he or she is learning in class.  Even if you get only a shy smile at first, practicing at home can eventually become a helpful tool in your child’s dance education.  It’s like have a homework study session – but more fun!
  • Connect with dance outside of the studio: color dance-inspired pictures, check out dance-related library books, or go see some dancing, such as The Nutcracker ballet or the movie Leap!
  • Talk to your dancer about the recital.  It may seem so long away, but we love keeping the conversation going with parents and dancers all year long!  Ask your little one what he or she thinks their costume might look like, or what type of moves they think they’ll show on stage. 
  • Explore music!  Dance is inevitably intertwined with all things music, so listening to new tunes (or introducing your child to your old favorites) is an awesome way to connect the two topics.  Turn off the extra screens, put on Spotify or Pandora, and play some air guitar – or freeze dance – in the living room this weekend!

We hope you enjoy all the fun that fall brings, and that your child is more excited than ever to keep dancing!

– Ms. Julie

What is MTJGD?

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You’ve heard us talk about it, you’ve probably seen the logo all over our handouts, and I bet you’ve wondered, well, what exactly does it mean?

More Than Just Great Dancing (or MTJGD as we often refer to it) is a licensed affiliation of dance studios that subscribe to a higher standard of dance instruction and management principles.  SDC was accepted as a MTJGD member in January 2014.

Being an affiliate of MTJGD means that at SDC, we are committed to offering quality programming and staff development training so that we can give you our best efforts day in and day out.  We hold ourselves accountable to serve you with MORE than just excellent dance instruction: we strive to go beyond technique to grow our dancers into happy, hard-working young people.  It’s work that we are passionate about!

If you would like to know even more about More Than Just Great Dancing, I encourage you to click here to visit their website!  And I’m always happy to answer your questions at the studio.

– Ms. Julie

Back-to-school blues? Try this!

“But I’m too tired!”

It’s that time of year again …. school is back in session and afterschool activities abound, meaning “I’m too tired” can become a frequent refrain from the backseat of your car.

It’s not uncommon for us dance teachers to hear about students who fall asleep on the way to class during these first few weeks of the year.  Other students won’t be shy about stating how tired they are, or they might just feel a little grouchy by the time dance class rolls around.

So what can you do to help turn this feeling around?  In our experience, a little help from mom or dad goes a LONG way to helping ease this transition!  We recommend:

  • Creating a fun going-to-dance ritual.  Whether it’s the music you jam out to on the way to class each week, or a family pizza night afterward, a special ritual can always perk up the day.
  • Offering gentle, consistent reassurance.  While logic doesn’t always fly with children, sometimes they feel better just knowing you understand and are there for them.
  • Having plenty of water and snacks after school!  Dancers who are well-hydrated and who’ve had a light, healthy snack before dance class usually have the brainpower and energy they need to enjoy their dance experience.

Persevering through this often tiring time of year is a great life lesson in not giving up, one that can’t be underestimated.  Parents, we appreciate ALL you do to help make dance class a positive, fun part of your child’s weekly routine!

– Ms. Julie

Hurricane Harvey – Disaster Relief

Like many of you reading this, we watched helplessly while Hurricane Harvey damaged and destroyed so much of Southeast Texas this week. We are ready to give much-needed help directly into the hands of some of the families affected.

Chara Christian Dance Academy and Move Dance and Fitness, fellow More Than Just Great Dancing studios in Friendswood and Richmond, serve over 600 families, most of whom rode out the storm but are now dealing with the devastating aftermath, many of them displaced and who will need to restore or rebuild their homes. 

It is not hard to imagine ourselves in their shoes—hard-working families suddenly faced with flooded homes, picking up whatever pieces are left and figuring out how to restore or rebuild in the weeks and months—and maybe years—to come. It is heartbreaking.

Please help SDC help them by donating to our Disaster Relief Gift Card Drive, and please share the link to this page with your friends! From September 1-20, SDC will be collecting gift cards for these affected families’ necessities: food, gas, clothes, toiletries, pet care, and so forth. 

Ms. Julie will personally deliver the collection to the studios on September 21. 

“Never get tired of doing little things for others; sometimes those little things occupy the biggest parts of their hearts.”

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Back-to-School Memories

The SDC teachers and I are wishing all of our students a wonderful back to school week!  We love hearing about everyone’s new adventures at school – what their classrooms are like, who their teacher is, what their favorite subjects are – and we hope this week is full of fun!

In honor of this being the first week back to school, we have been reminiscing about some of our own favorite school memories.  Take a peek at our photo collage below to see what we looked like as young students.  Can you guess who is who?  We bet you can!

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Back-to-Dance Week!

We’re so excited to be jumping into the new dance season this week!  Welcome, dancers!

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It’s not too late to sign up …. click on the image for more info!

SDC’s Staff Development Days

Our staff members have been hard at work this week prepping for the new season!  We want every season to be better than the last, so this is our way of getting educated and inspired for a brand new dance year.  From communications to classroom resources, every meeting is about how we can serve you and your children to the best of our abilities.  We’re ready to hit the ground running for you!

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Looking forward to seeing all of our dancers next week!
Ms. Julie

Open House!

Join us on Tuesday, August 8, from 5:00-7:00pm for our extra special Open House Celebration event!  Help us kick off our 12th dance season by joining in the fun!

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Here’s what’s happening that evening:

– FREE dance classes will take place at 5:15 & 6:00

– FREE parent panel Q&A with two SDC dance parents at 6:00

– Complimentary CHIPS & QUESO from Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

– Registration promos & raffle PRIZES

– The chance for you to meet your teachers for next season

Whether you already dance with us or are thinking about it, we’d love to see you there!