Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Taking Care of Your Child’s Costume

              There’s nothing else quite like a dance costume—it carries the excitement of performances yet to come, and of course, there are all those sparkles!  For many children, wearing a costume brings out the confidence and poise they’ve been working so hard on in class, and it is one […]

 

What is the Spring Concert?

              You’ve heard us talking about it.  You know it’s important.  You’ve seen it mentioned EVERYWHERE  You know there’s a lot of excitement around it … but what exactly IS the Spring Concert? Just as soccer players have tournaments, football players have games, and gymnasts have meets, dancers have […]

 

Why We Need Gritty Kids

              Gritty people have a growth mindset; they don’t give up. This paraphrased quote is from author Angela Duckworth, who popularized the word “grit” with her famous TED Talk about the power of passion and perseverance.  She wasn’t talking specifically about dancers, but she could have been! Children need […]

 

Raising a Healthy Dancer

              In our dance classes at SDC, we are committed to developing dancers who have healthy bodies and minds—and a healthy outlook on life!  We want our dancers to feel confident about themselves and love their bodies. What can you do at home to support this objective and boost […]

 

Parent Observation Week is Here!

              Dance families, it’s 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 […]

 

Age-Appropriate Movement

              Why is it so important that we teach age-appropriate movement here at SDC?  Because your child’s safety depends on it! Safe movements for young dancers are dependent on their ages and rate of physical growth.  For example, growth plates in the skeleton—the growing tissues that help bones become […]

 

Practicing at Home

              Many of our students absolutely LOVE practicing dance at home.  You’ll find them twirling in the living room and tapping in the kitchen—they just can’t contain themselves!  It’s not uncommon for a parent to tell us that their child feels compelled to create her own dances in the […]

 

Why Performing is So Beneficial

              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?  […]

 

Optimizing the Dance Experience

              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 […]

 

A Dancer’s Dress Code

              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.  […]