Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Setting the Right Expectations

              This is a topic we’ve explored on the blog before, and we wanted to expand on it this season! Performing in the recital is a brand new experience for most of our young dancers.  And while some will find it exciting, others might be a little nervous. In […]

 

Practicing at Home for the Recital

              We absolutely LOVE it when our students say they want to practice their recital dance at home.  Their enthusiasm is contagious, and then everyone in the class wants to practice at home too!   But as a parent, how should you go about encouraging this?  Is there such […]

 

Building Confidence with Dance

              Dance is the ultimate performing art, and dancing onstage at the recital serves as a powerful tool for building a child’s confidence in themselves—a confidence that easily carries over into a dancer’s home life, schoolwork, and friendships. So how can one special event create such a big difference?  […]

 

Teamwork

              What’s an invaluable life skill that everyone needs?  Teamwork!  And dancers must do a lot of it.  By working with their classmates on a group performance for the recital, our dancers of all ages learn how to work together to create the best possible result. As you’ve probably […]

 

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 […]