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How to prepare your kids for the first class at a kids dance school?

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on Dec 26, 2014 4:05:00 PM

The first day of class at a kids dance school is definitely something to get excited about! Yet it can be a bit daunting to the little dancers (and their parents). Of course, for children to go somewhere new and stay with people they have never met before can seem pretty scary, and somewhat challenging. But no worries, there are also things you can do beforehand to make that first day a successful one. The secret is in the planning! Use the list below to help you with any details you might have overlooked in planning for your kids’ first day at dance school.

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Wearing the right dance attire will enhance your little one’s first kids dance class experience. It will make them feel like dancers! First, look at what your studio requires for dress code through its website or supporting staff. Although some may have a more formal and restricted dress code, our kids dance school offers a flexible dress code with no specific outfits required. Also, choose dance attire and shoes based on your child’s class type and dance style. For example, leotards, tutus, tights and ballet slippers are great choices for ballet classes, while for kids hip hop classes, clothes that your child can easily move in and sneakers with laces are strongly encouraged. You can see our detailed dress code suggestions on the our website. If you are ready to make a clothing or shoe purchase, receive 10% off your first order with discountdance.com by using Dance To EvOLvE's code TP35961. Stores such as Target, Payless, and sometimes Walmart are also great go-to destinations for affordable dance attire and shoes, just be aware that their inventory is not as constant or reliable. Last but not least, make certain that both clothes and shoes are the correct size for your little dancers as well.  Shoes should be a little bigger than your child’s foot, but not so big that the ballet slippers are sagging, or they are tripping over their own toes!

 

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Taking the time to talk to your children about what to expect on their first day of kids dance school can be very beneficial in helping a new student feel comfortable in class. Let them know what to expect and this will avoid that awkward moment when a new student does not know how to behave. Showing your child some videos of our dance classes on Youtube can be helpful, especially those of his/her class type. They'll feel a lot better about facing that first day of dance class if they become familiar with some dance moves and activities they may do, such as the game of rhythm in Hip Hop classes from our San Diego kids dance school. Moreover, these videos will give them an idea that they will be sharing the same space with other children, following a dance teacher’s instruction and doing those dance moves together. In this way, they are much less likely to be intimidated at the first dance class by seeing so many new faces. Another way to prepare for little dancers’ debut in kids dance school is to tour the classroom before class starts. Simply arrive early to familiarize you and your child with the facility and studio so your child will have chance to get comfortable.Lastly, a visit to the dance school’s website is always helpful, as it provides valuable information about the school and community, as well as insight into what's expected of students.

 

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At the end of the day, encouragement from parents is the best tool to comfort your little dancers and greatly reduce their anxiety for their first day in kids dance school, especially for “big girl or boys” dance classes where parents won’t go into the classroom. The key is to talk about the class beforehand in a fun light-hearted manner to ease some of those nerves. You can ask your children about their feelings-- both the excitement and the concerns-- about starting dance classes and point out the positive aspects of it, such as how fun it will be making new friends and learning new games together. Meanwhile, reassure your child that if any problems arise, you will be there to help resolve them. It can also be a good idea to make some fun plans after the dance lesson as a reward for the child completing their first day of dance class, such as going to the park or getting ice cream. However, while it is important to talk with your kids enthusiastically about dance school, be careful to not overdo or force it.

Dancing is such a great form of socialization, exercise, muscle development and confidence building for children.  There are so many benefits to be gained from a dance school for kids, and parents can play a very important role in the amount of interest a child takes in dance.  The more prepared you are, the less nervous your little ones will get. If you have done the three things in this list, we ensure that your child will have an excellent chance at being comfortable and fully engaged in their first dance class! 

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How Kids Dance Schools Benefit Early Development of Little Dancers

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on Dec 7, 2014 9:47:00 PM

Time and time again, parents always ask us, “It is beneficial for toddlers and young kids go to kids dance school? Aren't they too young to be dancing?" The truth is, the ability to start dancing is innate and primal, developing in children before they can even form words! And dance is a powerful tool for developing physical, emotional, social and cognitive attributes of a growing child. Our kids dance school designs dance classes to make it age appropriate for children as young as 14 months. Participating in kids dance classes and exploring their innate ability have numerous benefits on early childhood development. These benefits of partaking in kids dance classes ranges from increasing their amount of daily exercise to making new little friends with shared interests.

kids dance schoolPhysical Development

Physical development is one of the most obvious benefits dance classes have for children. They are learning a great range of motion, body awareness, balance, muscle strength, coordination, and endurance. Movement patterns require the child to use their entire body to reach a level of fitness that is unparalleled by other activities. At kids dance schools, little dancers begin to understand that the possibilities of movement are endless and fun to explore.

Social Awareness

At kids dance schools, children have the opportunity to learn in a comfortable social setting. They must take turns, work as a group, cooperate, share, understand space, form lines, watch and support one another, perform, and interact. The group dynamic at a child's dance class challenges young ones to understand themselves in relation to others and to respect others as they share and move through space in unison. They also learn how to communicate, listen and express ideas with people other than their parents. For example, at kids dance school, little dancers start to pay attention to when it is and is not appropriate to talk in class. Taking classes at a dance school for children also helps to reduce anxiety about new people and places as children learn the social skills required to initiate relationships with other children their age.

Cognitive Developmentbenefits of dancing for kids

Through experiences in dance school, children understand that movement can be used as a response to an idea or problem at a young age. This creates a cognitive link to a solution or outcome. This type of cognitive development creates an awareness of how to function in the world. For example, it is very common in EvOLvE dance classes for children to be taught to leap over a "river" (scarf or mat) so they don't get wet. This idea achieves several different concepts: leg extension, transferring weight, problem solving, imagination, balance, space recognition, etc. The idea is that physical expression or solutions give young ones another way to handle the world while their verbal communication develops.

kids dance schoolEmotional Maturity

Kids dance school provides a structured outlet for a healthy physical and emotional release that helps develop emotional maturity of the little ones. There are endless opportunities for little dancers to experience and share various emotions through dance moves. Dancing not only helps them achieve the ability to creatively express their emotions, but also increases their self-esteem and confidence. Take EvOLvE annual recital for instance. At first some dancers may be intimidated or too shy to perform in front of an audience. However, through practices and dance classes, dancing helps them to get more and more comfortable with their own body and abilities, thus alleviate their fear of performing in public.

Therefore, as long as kids dance schools design kids and toddler dance classes in an age-appropriate way, it can maximize benefits on early childhood development. Taking dance classes allows young children to be more physically active, more comfortable in socializing with their peers, and encourage cognitive development. If you have a very young toddler and would like to start slow, try our You&Me: Parents/Toddler interactive class first and see how your little ones handle it. We know that taking the first step can be the hardest, but we guarantee that both you and your little dancers will be thankful for your choice later!

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Family Day and Dance Classes In Evanston, 4S Ranch and Fremont

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on Dec 1, 2014 11:06:00 PM

Family activity opportunities are everywhere! No matter where you live in, there is always a kid-friendly or family-friendly side of that city. This year, we are introducing our kids dance school to new locations in three different cities: Evanston, Chicago; 4S Ranch, San Diego; and Fremont in Seattle! Dance classes in Fremont and Evanston will be open in January 2015. All of these areas offer entertainment for kids that fosters learning and fun. Read on to explore the vibrant and exciting activities your family can do either before your child's dance class or afterward.

1. Evanston

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Evanston is a special and diverse city in Chicago with its historic neighborhood, bustling downtown
 and Lake Michigan. Along with these attractions, our kids dance classes in Evanston are located at the center of the city, which is accessible and close to everything in Evanston. A 10-minute drive will take you to the Evanston Farmers Markets in Ecology Center, which is a great place for your family to have some fresh, affordable and locally grown food after the little dancer’s morning dance classes. Similarly close to our dance class is Evanston Public Library. If you want to boost your children’s learning potential and would like your kids to be exposed to the merits of reading, this is definitely the place to take them after classes. It offers special programs and story hours for preschool age children at least 20 months old. If you are up for a longer drive, Up to 30 minutes, the Chicago Children's Theater is a great option. The fun and inspiration that it passes to little dancers is worth the visit. This theater, geared towards kids as the name suggests, is devoted not only to delivering visually stunning children’s shows but to educational programs for young performers as well. It is a good opportunity to show your kids where they can apply the dance techniques they learn in class in Evanston.

2. 4S Ranch/Rancho Bernardo:

Kids dance class in 4S Ranch4S Ranch and Rancho Bernardo are lively communities with endless opportunities for sports with so many public parks and playgrounds, and active youth sport community organizations. We hold our kids dance class in 4S Ranch at Kid Ventures, the neighborhood play center with creative play facilities aiming to help nurture your child’s imagination and creativity. Here your children can play different roles and explore different skills in various scenarios in its play village such as theater, nursery, pirate ship, etc. When your kids are done with dance class in 4S Ranch, just take them out of the classroom and Kid Ventures is right there. Warning: the kids may have so much fun they won't want to leave when it’s time to go home! Another great spot in 4S Ranch for family activities is the 4S Heritage Park. It has two play structures, one of which is designed for smaller children and a basketball court for Dads and their friends. There is also large grassy field for all types of sports where your dancers can practice some new dance moves they just learned in class. Only 3 minutes away from our 4S Ranch kids dance studio, this public park is perfect for a family gathering, a walk with the dog, or a casual stroll. while waiting for your kids taking their dance classes.

3. Fremont:

Our new dance classes in Seattle is located at Fremont Health Club. Fremont, isKids Dance Class Frement known for its unique, quirky and artistic atmosphere. For families who would like to try biking with your little ones after their dance classes, head to Gilman Bike Trail. There are a couple of places to rent bikes that are designed to carry little bikers at the back and offer helmets for kids as well. It’s all relatively flat so it’s good for kids or parents pulling a trailer. Gas Works Park is the public park near our dance school where you can go right after class for family activities. It is an ideal spot in Fremont for kite flying with kids, watching the sun set across the lake and just chilling out after the children have spent all their energy during dance classes.

We all do our best to encourage family bonding time with our kids rather than plugging them in to the TV, smart phones or iPad (however tempting that might be). It is such a wonderful bonus to be able to have that enriching time with the kids in such a convenient location to their dance classes. Dance classes in Evanston, 4S Ranch and Fremont are surrounded by many amazing family friendly attractions as listed above. Check them out after picking up your kids from dance classes and enjoy the family fun!

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