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Preparing For Your Child's Dance Recital

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Jan 10, 2014 10:31:00 AM

dance recitalIt's never too early to start thinking about recital! Participating in a recital is the perfect way for your child to celebrate their hard work throughout the year in dance class, and it is a wonderful way to create lifelong memories with your family!

While dance recitals are a ton of fun, many parents worry that a large performance may be stressful (especially parents with first-time dancers). While recital is a busy time, it is also a fun time, an experience that should be enjoyed by parents and dancers alike! To help make sure that your recital experience is the very best that it can be, we've compiled several helpful tips to help get you and your dancer prepared, ensuring the big day will be as much fun and stress-free as possible! 

Practice Make Perfect!dance recital, practice

The importance of practice is simple: as with any skill, the more often you practice something, the better you will get! Think of any top often do you think they practice? Olympians often train 4-8 hours per day depending on their sport. NFL players work practice for about 4 days a week, 5 hours at a time, and that doesn’t include general workouts. In preparation for their Christmas show, the world-famous Rockettes practice 8 hours a day, 6 days per week. As you can see, reaching your full potential in any area takes time and commitment.  It is important to attend all weekly dance classes and scheduled rehearsals, and communicate with your teacher if you need to be absent.

Dance Recital preparation is the perfect time to develop a practice schedule for your dancer at home. By practicing your dancer's recital routine at home several times a week, he/she will become comfortable with the choreography. Ask your dance teacher for the name of the routine song and see if there is a video of the choreography available for practicing with at home. Once your dancer is confident with the routine, he/she will be full of excitement for the opportunity to show off on stage!

dance recitalDay-Of Helpful Hints:

• Make sure you pack snacks and things to do backstage (snacks should not be messy…you wouldn’t want anything to spill on a costume!)  Most dance studios will tell you what to bring and not to bring.

• Lay out your costume the night before to ensure you have all the pieces (head pieces, tights, shoes, etc.)

• Do a trial run with hair and make-up so both you and your child know what to expect so there is no extra stress on show day (make-up is typically new to young dancers and can take a bit of getting used to!)

• Pack extra hair elastics, bobby pins, safety pins, clear nail polish (for runs in tights) and hairspray

• Label all your costumes and accessories to make sure that things don’t get mixed up

• Make sure you pack your camera to capture the magical moments!  (Although check your dance studio's photography policy as most do not allow photography during the show for safety reasons.  But take pictures before and after til your heart's content!)

Once you and your dancer feel prepared for the dance recital, the fun really begins. On the big day, your dancer will get to put on his/her most beautiful smile, and as a parent, you can sit back and enjoy the show!

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Five Reasons To Attend Summer Dance Day Camp

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Jan 7, 2014 12:58:00 PM

summerdancecamp1.jpgWe can all remember the first time that we went off to summer camp. We were afraid of leaving our parents and go into a new adventure with new people. Even if the camp was for a day, it was still scary for some of us. But in the end, it ended up being a great experience! The same can be true for your little dancer. It is often difficult for your little dancer to want to go to summer dance day camp. It is a new place, and although they will only be away for a few hours of the day the new environment and new people can sometimes be overwelming. The good news, however, is that there are great benefits to attending summer dance day camp for your little dancer.

Here are five great reasons to attend a summer dance day camp.

1. Physical Activity
One of the healthiest things for your child as he or she is growing up is to engage in physical activity. The dance classes offered at summer dance day camps will give your little one the opportunity to exercise while at the same time having fun! Not only will your little one grow physically stronger but they will also get accustomed to physical activity, which will aid them in the future. Start these healthy habits early with movin' and groovin'!

2. Social Skills
Summer dance day camps an incredible opportunity for your little dancer to make some new friends. Being placed in a new environment with new people will give your dancer the opportunity to expand and improve their social skills. The more your little one is exposed to other people, the better they will be able to adjust into situations where they need to socialize and summer dance day camps are able to provide that for your child.

3. Independence
Summer dance day camp can provide your dancer with more independence, as he or she is away from you for a period of time during the day. The more comfortable they become with independence the more prepared they will be for school and the real world.

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Engaging in dance classes is a great opportunity to boost your dancer’s confidence. Dance teachers offer encouragement, which propels your dancer’s skills forward and improves their self-esteem.

 5. A Good Time!
Summer dance day camps can be a lot of fun! What better benefit for your little dancer than a time of joy and fun?

Although it may seem scary for your little dancer to be far away from you even if for a short amount of time, the benefits of summer dance camp are sure able to help your little dancer in the long run. That is why it is a great idea to encourage your little dancer to attend a summer dance camp!


Dance, Chicago!

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Jan 3, 2014 11:50:00 AM

To a lot of people, Chicago is one of the greatest city's in America.  With so much to do, things to see, and people to meet, how could you not love it?  What most people don't know or aren't aware of, is that Chicago has some of the best dance shows, programs, and classes out there.  It is home to hidden dance gems throughout the city.  While actually taking the stage and dancing might not be for everyone, there's a dance for everyone.  Let's dance, Chicago!

There's definitely not a lack of dance programs in the city for you to choose from.  While there are a plethura of well-known dance companies, there are some smaller ones that are just as beneficial to dancers and non-dancers.  Some companies offer you the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences, while some are meant for the sole purpose of gaining more knowledge and experience with a particular genre of dance.  Then there are those classes that you go into to move for the whole purpose of moving.  If you love to dance, you need to check out one of Chicago's many dance classes.  Everyone should dance, Chicago!

If you'd rather watch someone else dance, Chicago has many professional and student based dance companies that put on performances throughout the year.  Whether you're interested in ballet, hip hop, jazz, latin, or ballroom there's always something for you to go see.  Some of the Chicago favorites are The Nutcracker Ballet performed by both professional and student groups, spontaneous street Hip Hop performances, or Salsa nightclubs where the professionals show off their moves.  You are always filled with dance, Chicago!

On top of the fact that Chicago has a multitude of dance programs to choose from...the dance festivals are unlimited here.  Summer brings all sorts of dance festivals to the city: Latin, Jazz, Hip Hop, etc.  If you want to be outside listening to great music and dancing, summer in Chicago is where it's at.  You make it hard not to dance, Chicago!

Whether you want to be in the spotlight or watching from your chair, there's so much dance in Chicago that there's something for everyone.  It's just about going out and finding what speaks to you.  Dance is something that makes most people happy and that most people can do or enjoy on a certain level, so if it's out there then you should become a part of it.  So...what are you waiting for??  Let's dance, Chicago! 

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