Why Performing is So Beneficial

Benefits of Performing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you’ve probably noticed, the team at SDC has already begun talking about next year’s recital!  Costumes will be ordered soon and the event planning is well underway.  It’s this time of year, with the buzz of recital beginning, that parents sometimes ask us, “Why should my child participate?  What’s beneficial about it?”

The recital is an investment in your child’s dance education and it’s a pretty important commitment, so it’s easy to understand why you want to know all the details.  At its core, dance is a performing art, which is part of the reason why we want every child to experience the thrill of being onstage!

We believe there are a few core reasons at the heart of why performing is so valuable, even for our youngest dancers:

  • Progress

Throughout the dance season, your child is making awesome progress in class.  And when we say “awesome progress” we don’t necessarily mean the obvious, like learning fancy ballet steps (although that is pretty awesome too!).  What we mean is that your super-shy child bursts with confidence, or your child who said “I can’t” now says “I can,” or your teen who hid her 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 your child to demonstrate their progress—both with the steps AND with their self-esteem.

  • Potential

The recital is an excellent time to see what’s possible if your child sticks with dance for the long-term.  From the audience, you’re able to see the potential dance holds as you watch the variety of styles and age groups.  Your child, too, will be inspired by seeing the different dance routines, and might think to themselves, “I bet I can do that too!”  Dance offers the promise of so much growth if a young child perseveres and works hard; the recital performance brings this potential into the spotlight!

  • Passion

Performing holds an excitement like some children have never experienced before.  Nerves can transform in an instant as the dancers light up with joy when stepping foot onstage; they are swept away by the magic of entertaining the crowd.  The sense of accomplishment they feel has them hooked!  It’s this growing passion—not perfect technique or memory—that makes performing so special.

Progress, potential, passion … these are truly the foundation of what performing is all about.  At SDC, we love pretty much any opportunity to chat about these benefits, so if you have any questions about having your child perform in our recital, don’t hesitate to ask!

– Ms. Julie

Optimizing the Dance Experience

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At SDC, we’re not just teaching dance steps in our classrooms—we’re developing curious, compassionate young leaders and equipping them for success!

We know that it can be a challenge sometimes to know what to do to offer support and encouragement for your dancer—especially if you are still new to the world of dance!  Here are three of our best tips for making the most out of your child’s class experience throughout the season:

  • Talk about dance at home

Although many of our young dancers take just one or two classes per week, dance is usually on their minds every day!  Read dance books together or listen to music and try some dance moves in the living room.  This helps keep your child’s mind engaged about dance in an extra-fun way—because they can share it with you!

  • Ask your child to teach you what they are learning

Since dance lessons are built on structure and repetition, teaching someone else can be a fun way to practice.  Even if your child is still working on remembering their steps, this can help exercise their memory!  (Plus, it can be pretty cute.)

  • Voice your support

The way you praise your child can be very useful in helping them get the most out of dance class!  Use phrases like, “I love watching you dance!” or “I can tell you’ve been working hard.” or “Did you try your best?  That’s what’s most important.”  Your child’s confidence and enthusiasm will continue to grow with this kind of encouragement at home and at class.

We hope these three tips come in handy as your child progresses through the season, and of course we’re always happy to help with any class curriculum or programming questions you might have.  Thank you for choosing to dance with us!

– Ms. Julie

A Dancer’s Dress Code

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It’s a common question to hear from dance parents and students alike: What purpose does the dress code actually serve?  Well, SDC’s dress code was established for a few very important reasons:

  • Safety

The number one factor in establishing a dress code is for all students’ safety in class.  A basic leotard and tights, along with hair pulled back and the appropriate shoes, ensures that there are no extraneous clothes or jewelry that can cause safety problems, such as an earring caught on someone’s sleeve.  The dress code also helps teachers see that students are using the right muscles and alignment.

  • Modesty

At SDC, we want every student to feel great about trying his or her best in class.  Following the dress code helps us make sure that everyone is appropriately covered … but not so covered that their movement is restricted!  We know that kids can sometimes feel self-conscious, and we want to encourage their confidence by helping them feel comfortable in their dance clothes.

  • Respect

A dress code is one way students show respect for their peers and their teachers.  It demonstrates an understanding of how a dance class operates, with minimal distractions and the ability to move easily for any combination of steps or choreography.  It shows that the students are prepared to learn and are willing to save their fashion statements for outside of class.

  • Practicality

Because leotards and tights also often serve as a versatile base layer for costuming, it makes sense that students become accustomed to them during class time.  Just as swimmers wear swimsuits and basketball players wear jerseys, dancers wear leotards and tights to have the freedom of movement required to practice correctly and efficiently.  It’s our version of a uniform!

At SDC, we take a lot of pride in our dress code and are happy to help you with questions at any time.

– Ms. Julie

FREE gift box with new registration!

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Special offer alert!!

Is your child ready to attend a trial class at SDC?

Complete your registration and payment the SAME DAY as your visit, and bring home an awesome FREE GIFT!

The gift box above includes a wand, tiara headband, princess stickers, and dance bag!

This special offer is for a limited time only, starting August 13th, for the first 20 students who sign up.

If you haven’t signed up for a trial class yet, CLICK HERE to get started!

Welcome, new dance parents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are excited to kick off our 13th dance season NEXT WEEK and would like to welcome all of our new families!

Now that you’ve formally signed your child up for lessons and you’ve gotten all the pertinent information about the season, you are officially a dance parent at SDC!  

Being a dance parent here is a little bit like being in a secret society; there’s this new lingo to learn and a whole culture that you are now a part of.  Here’s the inside scoop on what you need to know for your new status as a Studio Dance Centre mom or dad:

Study up on your dancewear vocab.  A leotard is the form-fitting bodysuit that dancers wear to class, and tights are worn underneath (kinda like pantyhose).  Ballet shoes are usually pink and should fit snugly on your child’s feet; don’t buy them with room to grow!  Tap shoes are the noisy ones, and jazz shoes look a little like slip-on ballet shoes, except with a small heel.

Practice how to do a bun.  A bun is the hairstyle we recommend for most classes, as it allows students to move freely without getting hair in their face.  A quick Google or YouTube search will give you oodles of tutorials to choose from—or just ask us! We can give you a demo right here in the lobby.

Pack a dance bag.  Dance shoes, a water bottle, extra dancewear, and hair supplies … all of these things belong in your child’s dance bag.  (Avoid allowing your child to wear their dance shoes outside; it’s damaging.)  Be sure to label everything with your child’s name or initials!

Learn about the recital.  At SDC, we offer an opportunity every spring for our students to perform onstage.  The recital, as it’s commonly known, is when each class performs a routine onstage and in costume, and family and friends watch the show from the audience.  Check your Welcome Packet for all the details!

Introduce yourself to the other parents.  We love building a community of like-minded moms and dads who understand our culture and enjoy having their children involved in dance.  Our super-friendly dance parents are some of the best people we know, so we encourage you to introduce yourself in the lobby.  Share stories, find carpools, plan playdates, or ask about their personal experiences at SDC.  

We hope this primer serves you well and helps you feel welcome at the studio.  We’re glad you’re here!

– Ms. Julie

Mermaid Dreams Pop-Up Camp!

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Is your little mermaid ready to come out of her shell and dance?  Sign her up for our second pop-up camp of the summer!

Join us for our Mermaid Dreams Camps on Wednesday, July 18 from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

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

Reserve your spot in the camp by CLICKING HERE.  Space is limited so that all of our mermaids have plenty of room to make waves!

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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

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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

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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

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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