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5 Easy Steps to Enhance Your Child's First Dance Class Experience

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Feb 28, 2014 8:45:00 AM


The first day of dance class is something to be excited about...it can also raise a lot of questions, though! What should we expect? How can we get ready? What will we experience and what does my child need to wear? In hopes of answering these questions (and more!), we've outlined a few things you can do for your dancer to give them a fanatistc first experience.

1. Talk About The Class Ahead Of Time:  It’s a great idea to talk about the new dance class beforehand so that your dancer knows what to expect.  For the toddler dance classes and older, it’s important your dancer knows ahead of time that you will not be going into the room.  Offer ongoing encouragement such as “I’m going to be so proud of you to watch you dance with the big kids.”  “I will be right outside if you need me.”  “You are going to have so much fun.”  “We will do something special afterwards for my big boy/girl dancer like get ice-cream.” “You are in a big kid class now, so mommy’s/ daddy’s have to sit outside.”   This way, there are no surprises.

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2. Meet The Teacher Ahead Of Time:  Use the teacher’s name when talking about the class ahead of time and show them the dance teacher’s bio and picture to get your tiny tot excited to meet their new teacher.

3. Bring A Friend:  It always adds to the fun and eases any butterfly nerves to have a friendly face with you. Invite a friend to join by having them schedule a trial dance class.

4. Come Dressed Appropriately:  It also helps, especially for the young dancers, to understand they are going to a structured class (versus unstructured playtime) if they are wearing the appropriate clothing.  We do not require you to buy anything specific, but get creative on the clothes choices to make them feel like a dancer.  If you are ready to make a purchase, receive 10% off your first order with discountdance.com by using Dance To EvOLvE's code TP35961. You will also find affordable dance attire and shoes at stores such as Target, Payless, and sometimes Walmart.  If you do not have the ballet or tap shoes, just let your dancer know you are going to try it for today and if s/he likes it, then you will get the fun dance shoes. 
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5. Get Involved:  If your dancer is participating in Baby Boppers or Magical Munchkins the more you get involved, the more engaged your dancer will be and the sooner they will start doing the activities on their own.  If your dancer is in an older class, just stay near-by (at least that first day) so s/he has the visible comfort of you close-by.

Remember, every dancer’s first experience will be different, depending on their age, the type of class they attend and their past experiences. And yes, tears are normal! Adjusting to a new activity can take time and it is very common for it to take a few classes before a new dancer is comfortable and fully engaged. The best thing to do is give it some time because only time will tell.

We can't wait to get dancing with your little one!

 

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San Diego After School Programs for Kids

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Feb 17, 2014 12:00:00 PM

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Your child will be taken care of and looked after in the many local San Diego After School Programs. This short guide will give you some information to help you make an informed decision for your child. Luckily, there are many after school programs in San Diego to choose from! While some may be specific programs such as Mad Science which provides science enrichment, others like the YMCA serve as a resource database for how to get started on the right path.


1) Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater San Diego has safe, affordable & fun 1438274438851.jpgafter school programs for kids. The BGCGSD has four locations in San Diego and provides quality youth programs for kids ages 5-18 years old. Two after 
school programs that BGCGSD offers are the S.T.E.P. U.P. Curriculum
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2) The YMCA of San Diego County provides nurturing child care. They have a childcare resource service worth checking out. The Y or YMCA provides families with information about options for child care, and more specifically how to choose a quality program that meets their family's needs.A free referral database makes the after school program search accessible with a listing of all licensed child care centers, nanny agencies, and license-exempt school based programs. Community care licensing is another option as well. From the resource center, you can find information on how to choose child care, where to find after school programs for kids, and the cost of child care. Everything is done to promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.S.T.E.P. U.P. is a structure and philosophy that targets the five core program areas of: Education & Career Development, Character & Leadership Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. Formula for Impact incorporates specific, targeted programs and high-yield learning activities to achieve the three priority outcomes of Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.This option for after school programs in San Diego is a good one because it has a dedicated professional staff who care for their members as well as affordable after school pricing and programs that inspire hope and opportunity within a safe environment. Click Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego for more information.

3) Mad Science has a mission to spark imaginative learning through their after school programs, birthday parties, shows and special events, camps, in-class workshops, and preschool programs. As the leading science enrichment provider for children in preschool through 6th grade, Mad Science of San Diego has over 150,000 students who have participated in their After School Programs. Hands-on courses meet once per week, after school for one hour. All programs include demonstrations with qualified and dynamic instructors, and students make and take home a science project related to the class topic each week. All classes are held at your child's school, which is pretty convenient. This is a program perfect for kids in grades K-6 who aspire to be scientists or just want to have fun and learn science at the same time. 

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4) The PrimeTime Extended Day Program caters to the San Diego Unified School District. Designed by experts in child development, education and youth leadership, PrimeTime provides kids of elementary and middle school ages a fun and engaging learning environment during the hours most parents/guardians are working. In the PrimeTime environment, students can “get in the Zone” by participating in a learning zone, which includes improvement of reading, writing, verbal, math, science, social and communication skills, and a fun zone comprised of many team-building activities and interaction among kids. PrimeTime requires an application process, but all participating families get free child care. In addition, the program leaders and staff enjoy making a positive impact on today’s youth. Check out PrimeTime for your dancer today. Dance To EvOLvE teaches at after school programs like PrimeTime. With after school programs structured differently from six-week to year-round programs, Dance To EvOLvE has three types of programs. From Dance! Design! Direct to Dance Classes and Music Classes, this program works with youth in elementary, middle, and high schools in San Diego. The dance teachers will not only teach your kids the fundamentals but inspire them through hip-hop, cheer, jazz, modern, ballet, latin dances, and zumbatomic rhythms. Music classes encourage singing, moving, and playing different styles of instruments. 

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Dance To EvOLvE’s after school program in San Diego is flexible to fit your schedule and budget. Be sure to consider this unique program. As you can see by now, there are many options for after school programs for your kids. San Diego just so happens to be a city with lots of good choices! Of course all the programs each have their pros and cons, but each one is special in its own way. Make sure to find the after school program that fits best with your child. We hope this guide helps you find a great after school program in San Diego. Happy Searching!

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Dancing In Chicago!

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Feb 11, 2014 8:58:00 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.  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.  

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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!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 get dancing in Chicago!

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Reminders for your Dancer when attending a Dance Lesson In San Diego

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Feb 8, 2014 6:26:00 PM

Warm Up

Stretching or shaking your body before the dance lesson is not only necessary but essential.  It’s important to let your dancer know that it is important to get those silly giggles out before the class starts.  Any great dance instructor knows that a proper warm-up prevents injury while also setting the tone of the dance lesson on a good note.

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Adhere to dress code and studio policies

Every studio has its own dress code and studio policies.  However, when dancers wear their dance attire to class, this not only shows that they are prepared for a class, but it provides structure and discipline to a dance environment.  Being ready and showing care and concern for the studio policies will teach your dancer some life lessons too.  

Be courteous, to both dance instructors and fellow classmates

During a dance lessonwe are all one happy dancing family.  In order to foster this friendly, family environment, dancers are expected to show respect and listen closely when an instructor is teaching.  It is also good to remember that traditional dance etiquette is that dancers thank their teachers after their dance lesson.  Doing so will earn brownie points and extra kudos.

Realize that “practice makes perfect”  

Learning how to dance and being able to execute the right moves and techniques takes lots of time and effort. Your dancer may be discouraged at first, but assure him/her that practice will go a long way. Perfection is not necessarily the goal here, but the focus is trying your best. And with the right teacher helping, they will get the moves before they know it. 

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Last but not least, smile and have fun

Having fun inside a dance lesson is always important. A good dance studio knows how to include learning with fun activities.  

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After all, a dance lesson is not measured by how good its dancers have mastered the steps, but by how many smiles and laughs a dancer experiences while doing their dance moves in a dance lesson.

Thanks for reading these five reminders for your dancer when attending a dance lesson in San Diego.  We hope you picked up a tip or two!

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3 Things To look For When Choosing A Dance Studio in Chicago

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Feb 7, 2014 6:28:00 PM

Choosing a dance studio in Chicago for your little dancer can be overwhelming as there are so many things to consider. Not to worry parents! Here are three key points you should look for when deciding where to start your child’s journey in dance.

1) AGE APPROPRIATE: One of the most important things to consider when searching for a dance studio in Chicago for your little dancer is a dance studio that specializes in the age of your child...especially if you have little dancer. Dance classes should always be age appropriate in levelkiddanceclass of skill. After all you wouldn’t want your little dancer dancing to Gangnam Style in their tap class! All dance studios offer tiny tot classes but many really focus on the advanced dance classes.  We suggest that if you have a young dancer, a studio that has great tiny tot dance classes would be an ideal fit as it is a completely different skill set of a teacher who can teach advanced classes versus engaging a tiny tot.  So always be on the look out for those dance studios who truly dedicate their dance classes to having age appropriate classes and dance studios that just have a true love for children.

2) PROFESSIONAL: Wherever the dance classes take place, whether it be in a recreational room or on a beautiful dance stage… professionalism is the outer face of the business.  Now you might be asking yourself, well what makes a good professional first impression?  Just think of what you wouldn’t want your little dancer dancing in or around.  A dance class could be on a beautiful stage in downtown Chicago, but if the floor looks like it hasn’t been mopped in a few months and there are hazardous things surround the stage, probably not the best dance studio for your dancer.  Also look at what kind of props the teacher uses with children during dance class.  Do they have their own “color” to stand on? Do they get little things to hold onto to make them feel special? Do they get little goodbye stickers and hugs?  Once again, depending on the age and level of the dancer, it depends on what you need to look for.  Advanced classes require special floors while younger classes may not require the specific floor or room but does require a great teacher who uses props to engage their dancers.  Overall, you can tell a lot about the dance studio on how they present themselves and how they interact with the dancers during the class.  

3) NURTURING: One last thing to keep in mind when searching for a dance studio in Chicago, is a class full of dance technique and laughter.  Your dancer might be too young to be in a strict ballet class. On the other side a class full of laughter, fun and games can be interesting to your danceclassforkidsdancer, but may not have all of the age appropriate discipline you as a parent were looking for.  That’s why you want to find a dance studio that provides a dance class that has the combination of both dance technique and laughter.  Children learn from laughter and should be used as tool for the dancer’s to progress.  Not every dance studio may have this type of dance class, but when you find one that does… you know that dance studio is a keeper!

Selecting the best age-appropriate, presentable, and engaging dance studio in Chicago is no easy task. However, if you look in the right places and keep all these tips in mind, it's definitely possible. I hope this short guide to fidning a dance studio in Chicago for your little new dancer helped. Stay tuned for more of our blogs!

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3 Things To look For When Choosing A Dance Studio in San Diego

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Feb 4, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Choosing a dance studio in San Diego for your little dancer can be overwhelming as there are so many things to consider. Not to worry parents! Here are three key points you should look for when deciding where to start your child’s journey in dance.

1) AGE APPROPRIATE: One of the most important things to consider when searching for a dance studio in San Diego  for your little dancer is a dance studio that specializes in the age of your child...especially if you have little dancer. Dance classes should always be age appropriate in level of skill. After all you wouldn’t want your little danDance Class For Kidscer dancing to Gangnam Style in their tap class! All dance studios offer tiny tot classes but many really focus on the advanced dance classes.  We suggest that if you have a young dancer, a studio that has great tiny tot dance classes would be an ideal fit as it is a completely different skill set of a teacher who can teach advanced classes versus engaging a tiny tot.  So always be on the look out for those dance studios who truly dedicate their dance classes to having age appropriate classes and dance studios that just have a true love for children.

2) PROFESSIONAL: Wherever the dance classes take place, whether it be in a recreational room or on a beautiful dance stage… professionalism is the outer face of the business.  Now you might be asking yourself, well what makes a good professional first impression?  Just think of what you wouldn’t want your little dancer dancing in or around.  A dance class could be on a beautiful stage in downtown San Diego, but if the floor looks like it hasn’t been mopped in a few months and there are hazardous things surround the stage, probably not the best dance studio for your dancer.  Also look at what kind of props the teacher uses with children during dance class.  Do they have their own “color” to stand on? Do they get little things to hold onto to make them feel special? Do they get little goodbye stickers and hugs?  Once again, depending on the age and level of the dancer, it depends on what you need to look for.  Advanced classes require special floors while younger classes may not require the specific floor or room but does require a great teacher who uses props to engage their dancers.  Overall, you can tell a lot about the dance studio on how they present themselves and how they interact with the dancers during the class.  

Dance Class For Kids3) NURTURING: One last thing to keep in mind when searching for a dance studio in San Diego, is a class full of dance technique and laughter.  Your dancer might be too young to be in a strict ballet class. On the other side a class full of laughter, fun and games can be interesting to your dancer, but may not have all of the age appropriate discipline you as a parent were looking for.  That’s why you want to find a dance studio that provides a dance class that has the combination of both dance technique and laughter.  Children learn from laughter and should be used as tool for the dancer’s to progress.  Not every dance studio may have this type of dance class, but when you find one that does… you know that dance studio is a keeper!

Selecting the best age-appropriate, presentable, and engaging dance studio in San Diego is no easy task.  However, if you look in the right places and keep all these tips in mind, it’s definitely possible.  I hope this short guide to finding a dance studio in San Diego for your little new dancer helped. Stay tuned for more of our blogs!

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Three Reasons To Attend Kid’s Camp In Chicago

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Feb 3, 2014 9:21:00 AM

Summer_Dance_Camp-_Parachute.jpgKid's dance camps are a fun way for your little ones to receive focused dance training. In addition to having more hours dedicated to dancing for a period of time, your little dancers will also be able to have tons of fun! Each city and location that kids dance camp takes place in, can offer a variety of benefits and unique additions to the dancing experience. Chicago is definitely one of those excellent cities! Here are three reasons to explore kid’s dance camp in Chicago.

 

1. Great Weather In The Summer

Part of the appeal of kid's dance camp in Chicago is it's great weather during the summer. This provides a great opportunity for your little ones to do various dance activities outside which allows for more interactivity. Temperatures in Chicago can rise up to 80 degrees so it is important to keep your little ones hydrated at all times and protected from the sun. Don't forget those water bottles, hats, and sunscreen!

2. Vibrant Dance Community

Chicago has a very vibrant dance community. The dance community breeches across various dance styles. This apparent in the various dance studios around the city for people of all ages. This sets the stage for a dance-positive atmosphere in kid's camp. Most teachers in kids camp in Chicago will not only be passionate about dance but will also be able to pass that on to your little ones. A positive dance atmosphere is something Chicago has and that is very apparent at kids camp!

kidscampchicago.jpg3. Great Locations For Dance Activities

Chicago has some awesome locations for kids camp dance activities. Some of those include parks and some indoor studios. These places are great places for kid’s dance camp activities to take place which can provide not only physical activity for your little ones but will improve social skills as they interact with each other!

Chicago is a great place for kid’s dance camp! We encourage you to have your kids attend one!

For more information on kids dance camp in Chicago and other kid's camps in general visit ChicagoKids.com!