Magical Unicorn Pop-Up Camp!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does your child love unicorns and rainbows?

It’s time for our first pop-up camp of the summer!

Join us for our Magical Unicorn Camp on Tuesday, June 26 from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

For $35, your child will enjoy a ballet and jazz class, magical unicorn crafts, and dance games!  No previous dance experience necessary.  Open to ages 3-8.

All participants receive a free unicorn headband too!

Reserve your spot in the camp by CLICKING HERE.  Space is limited so that all of our Magical Unicorns have room to groove!

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Five Benefits of Dance

Benefits of Dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At SDC, we believe that learning how to dance should be an encouraging and positive experience for children at any age!

And while the dance steps themselves are an important element to every class, the benefits of dance go far beyond tendus and pirouettes.

Here are our 5 favorite benefits of dance:

1) Dance requires perseverance

In today’s world of instant gratification, dance is different because it teaches children how to work hard over days, weeks, months, and years!  Consistent, developmentally-appropriate practice is the way to achieve progress.

2) There are opportunities everywhere

Every class is a chance to learn something new.  Whether it’s getting better at a step you already know or trying a new skill, the chance to try and try again is always there!

3) Forever friendships are formed

There’s something pretty special about the friends you dance with … you share laughs, work together as a team, push each other to do your best, and support each other’s dreams.

4) Dance prepares kids for life in the “real world”

The dance classroom is full of life lessons: from our preschoolers learning how to take turns to our teenagers learning how to prepare for an audition, everyone is developing the discipline and patience they’ll need in life outside the classroom.

5) The “comfort zone” is challenged

Accomplishing steps.  Performing in front of an audience.  Reaching a goal.  All of these things help children grow outside of their comfort zones!  A shy child can learn how to love the stage, and an enthusiastic child can learn how to harness her energy.

As you may already have observed in your child, the immediate joy of dancing comes from the thrill of movement and music!  What follows is another type of joy; one that comes from the long-term, deeply-rooted character qualities instilled during dance class.

These 5 benefits aren’t the only positives of course, but they are certainly some of our favorites!  We hope you see them develop in your child as they discover their love for dance.

– Ms. Julie

Class Recommendations

class recommendation expectations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Performance Week approaches quickly so does registration for the new dance season!  With class recommendations being emailed soon, we wanted to take a moment to remind our dance families about what that means, since class recommendations are made with many, many hours of consideration and deliberation!

  • When selecting class recommendations for our Levels 1, 2, and 3 dancers, we are looking at which classes are the most developmentally appropriate based on a dancer’s age and peer group.
  • When selecting class recommendations for Levels 4, 5, 6, and 7 dancers, we are looking at the skills your dancer was introduced to this year and evaluate whether those skills are still emerging, in development, or have been fully mastered.
  • We also consider factors like class conduct, attitude, attendance, and which dance styles we think may suit your dancer’s personality.
  • SDC offers 7 levels that cover our curriculum for ages 3-18, and it is expected for dancers to spend 2-3 years in a level before mastering the skills necessary for the next level. This is what we affectionately call the “grow and grind” in dance!
  • As a parent, your encouragement to your dancer goes a long way towards a positive response with class recommendations.  We believe a growth mindset can be nurtured in every dancer.
  • We expect that dancers who have reached the goal of moving up a level will continue to be gracious and supportive of their peers, and that those who are not moving levels yet understand that they are still making progress and are very much valued. 
  • If we need to make any adjustments to class recommendations, we will do so based on what we see developmentally at the end of your dancer’s summer classes or after the new dance season has begun.

We so appreciate all of the love and support you show your dancer! We are grateful to work alongside you to create an environment where every child can thrive.

– Ms. Julie

New dance resource: the Children’s Health Andrews Institute

new dance resource recommendation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developing well-rounded and healthy dancers is one of our top priorities here at SDC, where we believe every child can benefit from dance lessons!

In keeping with this philosophy, we have recently developed a relationship with an amazing community resource: The Children’s Health Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Located just a short drive away in Plano, the Children’s Health Andrews Institute houses a dance medicine program led by Dr. Troy Smurawa, a dance specialist.

Because dance is a both an athletic activity and a performing art, optimum dancer health includes a lot of different elements, including correct body alignment and technique, safe strengthening and stretching practices, and smart nutrition.  Dr. Smurawa and his team are equipped to support these unique needs and to care for dancers in the event of an injury. 

If you are looking for a way to enhance your dancer’s training, evaluate their strength, or rehabilitate an injury, we highly recommend looking into the services offered at the Children’s Health Andrews Institute.  This is the only specialized dance medicine program in the area, so we’re lucky to have access to it!

Click below on the logo to learn more about the Children’s Health Andrews Institute, or ask us to learn more about our personal experience with the organization.

– Ms. Julie

link to the Children's Health Andrews Institute

Six Recital Tips to Keep Your Sanity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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

The Summer Schedule is Here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Recital Expectations for Your Little One

recital expectations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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