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Dance Culture in Different Countries: Dancing in Russia – Ballet as National Pride

Posted by Brittany White on Feb 13, 2015 11:58:00 AM

Ballet classes for kids in San Diego

Russian culture is often associated with classical music and the long tradition of dance, especially folk dance and ballet. Russia's classical ballet had considerable influence on world ballet culture – so also on American ballet culture. The director and owner of Dance To EvOLvE, Brittany White, who is called by the kiddies of her classes Miss B, teaches ballet to all, from tiny tots to adults. Brittany's ballet classes for kids have just the right balance of bubbly fun and classical ballet education according to the age and level of the kids in her class. It is well known, that most famous ballerinas started their dance education extremely early, at the tiny age of two or three years.  Brittany considers this age a perfect age to start taking Dance To EvOLvE ballet classes! Even at this early age kids are able to internalize dance skills, and at the same time have fun with dance moves and simple group choreography. There are so many real benefits of ballet classes for toddlers, the tiny tutus and ballet slippers are like an adorable bonus!

 

San Diego Dance To EvOLvE ballet classBenefits of Ballet Classes for your Child:

1. Posture and Confidence: Our dance teachers insist on keeping a straight back, which can become a habit outside of the dance class room. Ballet exercises help improve your child's poise, confidence and add a touch of grace.

2. Support for Physical Development: Ballet classes for kids provide core strengthening and stabilize children’s developing muscles. The stretching improves flexibility.

3. Flexing Mind and Memory: Ballet choreography helps to train a child’s mind and memory.Tthey are guided to process and remember each movement and step, and translate that memory into physical movement.

4. Forming a Sense for Beauty and Aesthetics: Our Dance To EvOLvE ballet teachers use classical music for their classes which has a proven positive influence on kids' development of receptiveness to beauty and aesthetics.

With all these benefits available for little growing bodies and minds, just check out our San Diego Dance To EvOLvE locations and find the one close to your neighborhood!

 

Ballet - from Royal Entertainment to Physical Education and Fun for KidsDance To EvOLvE ballet classes

Originally, the purpose of the ballet in Russia was to entertain the czar (Russian king) and his imperial court. The first ballet company in Russia was the Imperial School of Ballet, founded in St. Petersburg long time ago in the 1740s. Later on, the most influencing ballet company was Ballets Russes, founded in the 1909. The company traveled abroad and profoundly influenced the development of dance worldwide. Finally, an offspring of the first Russian ballet company, George Balanchine, founded the New York City Ballet Company in 1948. Today, ballet is not only a very intelligent and aesthetic entertainment for the audience, but also a lot of fun for your kids. When they dance, they are learning to feel and value the joy of dance moves and receiving excited applause from their “imperial court” – you!

During the last 20th century, Russian ballet dancers rose to fame and preserved the perfection of the ballet traditions. Russia's choreography schools produced one internationally famous star after another. Nowadays, the Bolshoi Ballet Theater in Moscow and the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg remain famous throughout the world. Both of these theaters do regular tours in the USA.

 

Swan Lake at the Copley Symphony Hall:

Copley Symphony Hall (San Diego Downtown, located near Dance To EvOLvE’s location in Point Loma) gave stage to The Russian National Ballet Theater's famous masterpiece “Swan Lake” on Thursday, February 12.  Swan Lake is considered by many to be one of the greatest classical ballets of all time. Its romance and beauty has allowed the classic ballet to mezmorize audiences for more than 100 years since the successful performance in St. Petersburg in 1895 (the very first performance in Moscow was not well received by the audience). The first American production was performed by the San Francisco Ballet.

Because of the tragic story and the length of the masterpiece (Swan Lake is traditionally presented in four acts) please use your best judgment when deciding if attending a performance of Swan Lake is appropriate for your little dancers.

 

From Russia with Love

From Russian ballet in the 1740’s to modern day ballet in New York, it is clear that both Russia and the U.S.  celebrate a long history with the love of ballet.  It continues with our children and teaching them the same techniques that have been performed for hundreds of years.  That doesn’t mean learning them effectively has to be stuffy and stiff.  Dance to EvOLvE has perfected the art of teaching classical ballet to kids as young as 2 in a fun and enriching environment.  Sign up for a trial class to unleash the historied potential in your child!

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Dance At Home: Bonding Time with Your Dancers

Posted by Brittany White on Feb 6, 2015 11:17:00 PM

For kids and toddlers, dance class may simply be a weekly activity. However, with the company of a parent or guardian, the practice of dance can continue all through the week! Not only will dancing outside of a kids dance classes help your child to further foster interests in dance, but it can also elevate his or her dancing skills and coordination! Especially as little ones are preparing for a performance or annual recital, practicing dancing at home allows them to come away feeling happy and proud of themselves, and knowing that they can do their best at show time (click here for a seriously cute example from our YouTube channel). In addition, dancing at home with your little dancers also means extra family bonding time! It shows that parents are supportive of what the kids are doing and care about their growth. Despite of all the benefits, implementing at-home dance practice time often stumps the parents of young dancers. But no worries! Below, we’ve provided several tips for making practice time a fun activity for parents and dancers alike!

1. Talk with your dancer’s teacher

Speaking with your child’s dance teacher is a great way to begin your at-home Ballet_teacher_and_student_.jpgpracticing. The instructor is familiar with how your dancer learns, what he/she struggles with, and what routines and steps the dance class is currently working on. Oftentimes, dance teachers will post videos of specific routines online for the purpose of at-home practice. Communicating with your teachers not only ensures that you will collect the appropriate material to practice, but also provides opportunity for positive reinforcement in class.

2. Set A Schedule!

It is important that your dancer knows ahead of time when at-home practice will occur just as they would know when their dance class  is. Carefully arrange the schedule of dancing practices among other things the little ones need to do, such as homework, sports and relaxation time. By planning ahead, it is something that he/she can look forward to! Post a calendar where your dancer can see it, and remind them in the morning if you have practice time scheduled for later that day. Keeping a consistent routine will turn practice into a habit, preventing arguments on days when your child may be feeling tired or lazy.

3. Create a Rewards System!

Children are very goal driven; give them something to work towards! Create a chart where dancers can track their progress. Perhaps after 5 completed practice sessions, a small reward is given...such as a trip to the ice cream store! (This means additional bonding time!) For bigger goals, perhaps 10 practice sessions, a larger reward may be given. Maybe a new tutu? Talk to your dancer about what would motivate him/her. As each reward is reached, the opportunity to discuss progress arises. “After 10 practices, look how much easier it is to shuffle!” Meanwhile, offering positive encouragement and praising your child for doing something well throughout the dance sessions are simple yet effective in keeping your kids motivated!

4. Make It Fun!danceclassesforkidsholidays

While practice is a time to focus on improving and memorizing, dancing together should feel like fun, not a chore! Obviously, your little one enjoys their dance classes for kids and toddlers, so at-home practice should be the same. Create a fun playlist (your dance teacher can help with song suggestions), set aside a special dance space in your home, backyard, or at community parks, and perhaps even put on your favorite dancewear. Let your dancer be creative; once you’ve practiced steps and routines from dance class for 10-15 minutes, encourage your child to show off his/her favorite moves, or create a small piece of choreography together! Giving your toddler the freedom to use his/her imagination will keep dance practice interesting, engaging, and fun! It will also be interesting if parents incorporate the classics or pop music into dance practices, such as Swan Lake or Nutcracker for dancers from toddler ballet classes, Selena Gomez or Taylor Swift songs for dancers from toddler hip hop classes, etc.

Every family is different, so take the time to see what kind of routine works best for you. As your dancer begins to improve and make progress in their kids and toddler dance classes, you can be proud and celebrate your hard work together! Think of all the fun you can have as you move and groove together throughout the week...who knows, maybe as a parent you’ll be inspired to take a dance class of your own!