Practicing at Home

4 tips for practicing at home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Studio Happenings

coming up at SDC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

New Class Opening

new Saturday Ballet 4 class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Ringing in the New Year

new year, new semester, fresh start

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Winter Break is Here!

 

preschool tap class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Parent Observation Week!

parent observation week is coming soon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

picture of ballet shoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Thanksgiving quote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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”

FYDE performance details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

sparkly pink tutu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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