Parent Observation Week!

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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

It’s not too late to join classes!

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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

Gratitude

 

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Thank you to our wonderful dance families for allowing us to teach your children, who bring so much joy into our classrooms every day!  We are grateful to know you and be a part of your lives.

We wish you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving Break!

– Ms. Julie

FYDE Presents “An Evening of Dance”

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You are invited to join us at the MCL Grand Theater on November 18 at 7:00pm!

Our very own Frisco Youth Dance Ensemble will be presenting “An Evening of Dance,” a concert performance featuring ballet, modern, jazz, and more!  We are so excited for the dancers to showcase a beautiful collection of dances choreographed by Ms. Kayla, Ms. Amanda, Ms. Sarah, Ms. Ariela, Ms. McKenna, and Mr. Richard.

Tickets may be purchased by clicking on this link.  Tickets are reserved seating only.

Through their performance, FYDE is also raising awareness for Traveling Tutus, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps children all around the world experience the joy of dance!  Traveling Tutus accepts donations of new and gently used costumes, dancewear, and dance shoes to distribute to orphanages, after school programs, shelters, hospitals, and other groups with young children eager to dress up like a ballerina or try on their first pair of tap shoes.

Studio Dance Centre’s five amazing Traveling Tutus Studio Ambassadors are collecting donations at the studio through November 15.

We appreciate your support of FYDE and Traveling Tutus!

– Ms. Julie

FYDE dancers and costume drive information

Recital Planning – Behind the Scenes

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We hope you are beginning to sense our excitement, because recital planning is officially in full swing!

Here’s a little peek of what’s going on behind the scenes:

  • Your SDC teachers are spending hours upon hours selecting just the right costumes and music for each class.  Costumes are previewed in person (like the one above!) and different styles are considered; music is checked to ensure the best choices for choreography.

  • Every dancer is being measured and sized for the best costume outcome.  Although costumes aren’t custom, we do our best to follow the manufacturer’s sizing guidelines in order to minimize the alterations needed.

  • Every detail is being double and triple checked to ensure accuracy before ordering costumes.  Our spreadsheets are filled with costume numbers, class numbers, and size numbers that get edited or confirmed as we finalize the orders.

Once costumes are on the way, our attention will turn to many of the other recital tasks waiting in the wings: creating the “day-of” schedule for each dress rehearsal and performance, editing music for time lengths, choreographing the routines, preparing take-home materials for our dance families, organizing Photo Week, and much, much more!

It all starts coming together next semester to make the recital a big success …. we can’t wait!

– Ms. Julie

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