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5 Best April Fool's Day Jokes to Play on Your Kids

Posted by Brittany White on Mar 24, 2017 6:09:00 PM

April Fool’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re like me, you enjoy playing a little prank on your child! April 1st is the one-day out of the year that we get to act like kids too. Heck, your kid gets love and affection from you the other 364 days out of the year, so now it’s your time to have a little fun! Obviously we want to stay away from any pranks that may end in tears so here are 5 kid-friendly April Fool’s Day pranks that parents can play on their kids.

 

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1. Stuff toilet paper in their dance shoes

This April Fool’s Day joke for children will have your kid thinking they grew over night! While your child is asleep, stuff toilet paper inside their dance shoes. As they are getting ready for dance class and putting their shoes on, they will have a startling surprise! Their feet can no longer fit in their shoes! This will definitely throw them off and make them believe they grew while they were sleeping. There is nothing better than messing with their minds!

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2. Fill their closet with balloons

While your child is at school, fill their closet with balloons. When they go to get dressed for their San Diego dance class there will be a surprise waiting for them. The second they open the closet door they will be bombarded with balloons! They won’t have any idea what hit them (literally). Imagine their face when they see 20 balloons coming at them! This April Fool’s Day joke can sure be a priceless one!

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3.  Have Jell-O be their juice  

After a fun filled dance class, your child might be a little thirsty. Prepare a nice after dance class snack for them with some juice to drink. The night before, make Jell-O and pour it into you child’s favorite cup. Put a straw in it so the Jell-O can form around it. When your child goes to drink their juice the next day, nothing will come up! See all long it will take for them to notice what you have done! Being creative is the best part about playing an April Fool’s Day joke for kids.

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4. Put a For Sale sign on the front lawn

This next best April Fool’s joke for kids may require a bit more planning. If you can get your hands on a For Sale sign put it on your front lawn. Tell your child that you guys are moving away from San Diego and they will now be attending our Chicago dance class. Don’t let this prank last too long though, for we know how much kids love our dance classes and we don’t want them to get upset.

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5. Cover the TV remote sensor with a piece of tape 

The last prank can be beneficial to you and your family! When your child is not looking, place a piece of tape over the TV sensor. When they go and try to turn it on, it won’t work! Tell your child that the TV must be broken and you don’t know when it will be fixed. Now you can spend time with your child without having them be distracted. It’s a win-win! Maybe ask them to show some dance that they learned at dance class!

Now that you have a list of the best April Fool’s Day jokes for kids, it’s time to get started!! Just remember that this day is supposed to be fun and a day full of lots of laughs! It’s important to create some memories with your kids by pranking them in a way they will never forget! Someday they will be able to pass the tradition on to their family!

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San Diego Summer Camp Ideas for Kids & Toddlers

Posted by Brittany White on Mar 13, 2017 2:29:36 PM

 

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Hey parents! Summer is here in a big way and if you haven't already, you are probably wondering about what to do with your kiddos now that they have been home for a while. With the huge variety of kids summer camps that are offered throughout the city, having to choose one for your child might make your head spin! To make it a little easier for you, we have put together a list with a few different genres of kid’s summer camps in San Diego that will empower your kids to have the best summer ever!

Artsy camps

If you know your child has a creative imagination, here are some great artsy kids camps. For the arts and crafts lovers, the New Children’s Museum is hosting project based camps for children as young as 4! Your child will get a ton of attention from the professional art teachers and real artists running the camp! If you want to make sure it’s the right children's summer camp for your little one, check out their open house on Friday June 14th!

If your child likes to move and groove to music, there are a ton of studios in San Diego offering summer dance camps. Check out the specialized themes that Dance To EvOLvE hosts throughout the summer! Summer dance camp is the perfect place for your children to build friendships, confidence, and comfort with meeting new people. There are a variety of themes for the kids to participate in. From the Royalty of Fairyland theme to superhero theme, and many more, it’s never a boring day for the campers! It also provides children with important teamwork skills that they will learn through dancing and choreographing together. Also, at the end of the summer, the kids get to overcome their shyness and show off all that they have learned in a performance held at the end of each summer dance program. This is a wonderful children's summer camp for your kids to enjoy and have fun at.

 

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Outdoorsy camps 

If your child loves to be outside and active then don’t be afraid to sign them up for a camp that will let them explore the wonders of the outdoors! The YMCA is one of the more traditional children's summer camps with lots of outdoor activities for the active kids! It’s perfect for the adventurer who isn’t afraid to get their shoes muddy!

How about seeing if your kiddo will enjoy a new sport before signing them up next year? Try out this non-competitive soccer camp offered by Little Rascalz Soccer School! It gives the kids a chance to get out their energy while learning some new skills! It is super cute and they even allow parent participation so you don’t have to sit on the sidelines. This is a great summer camp in San Diego that your child could thrive at!

 

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Scholastic camps

Bring the mad scientist out in your child by letting them explore the world of science and choose from a variety of different themes with unique topics for your science enthusiast to discover at the Balboa Park museums! Check out the science camps offered at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Museum! With summer camps offered for kids of all ages, your kiddo will be able to try something different as they get older!

Balboa Park offers a ton of different children's summer camps of different ages and interests! From the creative ones to the curious ones, they will learn all about science, arts and history!

 

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We hope this helpful guide and will make your brainstorming process easier! Your child will have fun with any kid’s summer camp that they choose! And for the parents who want a bigger variety, take a look at a lot of camps being offered this summer here!

Let us know if you have any awesome suggestions for summer camps in San Diego or if you have any comments about the ones we posted! Summer is the season where kids need to be kids and have fun. Sign up your kid to have fun at a camp this summer and you and your child will be glad you did!

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Summer Break: Camp Time

Posted by Brittany White on Mar 6, 2017 7:29:42 PM

Summer is finally approaching! There’s nothing better than the great weather and free time to spend with your little ones. It’s the perfect time to try something new and refreshing! With so many options, we know it can be overwhelming to find something for your little one to do over summer break. 

So who are we, you may ask? We are Dance To EvOLvE. A mobile dance company for kids ages 2-12! We offer dance classes with styles ranging from ballet, tap, to hip hop. One of our most exciting programs are our summer dance camps! We offer half-day dance camps for kids and full day combination dance/soccer camps beginning in June all the way through August. Our mission is to evolve our students through dance while creating heart-warming smiles! So take a break from the harsh summer sun and read on to learn more about why so many parents enroll their kids in our summer dance camps!

1) Beat Summertime Boredom

Many kids look forward to summer, but then they get extremely bored halfway through their break! Not our campers! During our summer dance camps for kids, there's so much for your little one to do! From dancing, playing games, or even doing arts and crafts. Kids can also memorize steps, rhythm patterns in music, and formations which keep their brains working while having lots of fun! Our summer dance camps for kids are the perfect way for kids to beat summertime boredom! 

1-3391805252010121954.jpg 2) Make New Friends

Children who participate in our summer dance camps have a fun, and safe environment to interact with children their own age. Our summer camps for kids create a team-like atmosphere by encouraging children to work as a team. As kids build up their self-confidence, they will have an easier time making friends. These skills can even help little ones make new friends in school! Our summer dance camps create the perfect environment for campers to make lifelong friendships. For some extra fun outside of our dance camps, many dancers often have playdates with their new buddies. It's a great way for your children to make special, lifelong memories!

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3) Maintain Physical Health 

It's no mystery that dance is a great form of exercise! Our dance camps provide a great way to stay fit during summer break. They are a fun and exciting way to let kids' energy run free. Our campers have the chance to dance and participate in various indoor and outdoor activities which can help with your child’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength, balance, coordination and stamina! It’s a great way for your little one to start understanding what it’s like to maintain a healthy lifestyle! To keep the fitness going all day long, we offer offer half and full day summer dance camps with a soccer option. For more information on our full day camps, make sure to visit our website!

 

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4) Explore New Dance Styles

Our summer camps for kids are the perfect way for your little one to explore new dance styles. Your child can try ballet, hip hop, tap, or all 3! It's a fantastic option for experienced dancers to try new styles of dance, while new dancers can test the waters of each style of dance and pick their favorite! Getting the chance to do many styles of dancing is one of the best reasons for enrolling your child in any of our summer dance camps! Another reason our camps are awesome is because we're easy on your wallet! If you register your dancer for a 2nd Dance To EvOLvE camp, receive 15% rebate! For more information on our discount visit our websitehere

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Dance camps are the perfect way to get the benefits of dance within a short period of time!  If you're interested in signing up your little ones for a summer dance camp, you can find all the information you need on our website! Check it out to learn more about all of our San Diego and Chicago locations, camp dates, and dance styles. We have plenty of options to match up with your child's interests and your schedule! But make sure to hurry and register soon, our camps will fill up! 

Our summer dance camps are an experience your little one cannot miss out on! If you have any questions, make sure to leave us a comment down below or visit our website for our contact information. And don't forget to download the Ultimate Guide To Prepare Your Dancer For Dance Camps linked down below! We can't wait to see you all this summer! 

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Three Reasons to Attend Kid’s Dance Camp In San DiegoYour Blog Post Title Here...

Posted by Brittany White on Mar 1, 2017 10:39:29 AM

1-3391805252010121953.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. San Diego is definitely one of those excellent cities! Here are three reasons to explore kid’s dance camp in San Diego.

1. Sunshine

Part of the appeal of kid's dance camp in San Diego is that it allows for plenty of outdoor activities. San Diego is a city known for its sunshine. It is estimated that there is sunshine in San Diego for 68% of the whole year! The sunshine and pleasant weather will allow your kids to do more dance activities outside and enjoy the warm weather! A downside to the amount of sunshine is that it can often be dangerous for the skin. That is why it is important to make sure your little ones are wearing sunscreen, and on those really hot weeks, check out an indoor summer dance camp.

2. Vibrant Dance Community

San Diego 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 San Diego 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 San Diego has and that is very apparent at kids camp!

 

3. Happy People

Perhaps it is because of the good weather but people in San Diego are generally nicer, happier and more relaxed.
For that reason your little one will most likely encounter some well-humored and nice people at kid’s dance camp. This will build a sense of community and make your child feel much better about themselves as they improve their social skills. San Diego is a great place for kid's dance camp! We encourage you to have your kids attend one!

 

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3 Tips Of What To Pack For Summer Dance Camp

Posted by Brittany White on Feb 19, 2017 1:59:52 AM

One of the most fun activities that any child can participate in for the summer are fun summer camps! Because your little ones are really little movers, what better way to spend the summer than in a summer dance camp!

Although it may seem simple, sometimes knowing what to bring to summer dance camps can be difficult! That is why we decided to give you some tips on how you can pack for summer dance camp for your little dancer!

These can be used for any dance camp! Let’s get started!

Clothes

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Be sure to check with the studio for their dress code as might be different from regular classes.

For hip-hop classes at summer dance camp, a t-shirt and
shorts is perfect! But, if you want to get your little dancer in the spirit of hip-hop, you can give your little dancers t-shirts, sweatpants, or shorts that are super baggy. Then add a sweatshirt and a cool hat and you’re good to go! Be sure to pack those tennis shoes! Also, make sure your little girl dancers don't wear skirts because they will be doing a lot of floorwork.

For tap classes, any comfortable clothing is fine. Make sure to include those tap shoes or if you don’t have them, some nice dress shoes will do.

Your little ones will be jumping up and down and moving around so it is never too cautious to pack an extra set of clothing items.

Food & Snacks

Your dancers will need as much energy as possible to go through the classes at summer dance camp so make sure to pack a water bottle and some healthy snacks!

Some good ideas for snacks include the Clif Z Bar for Kids, other healthy bars, and some fruit are always a good energy source! Summer dance camps

Fun Attitude!!

This one might be a bit of a cop-out but don’t forget to encourage your little dancer to have fun!  are not only designed to teach your little dancer some dance technique but also for them to have loads of fun! So be sure to get your little dancer pumped for a great time! 

5 Benefits of Summer Dance Camps For Kids

Posted by Brittany White on Feb 15, 2017 11:25:06 AM

summer dance campAs the weather warms up and schools let out for the summer, many parents find themselves searching for daytime activities for their children. There are so many options available, it can sometimes be overwhelming to choose. Summer dance camp is a wonderful choice for both boys and girls. With a variety of benefits: physical, mental, and social (we’ve listed five benefits below)...why not find a summer dance camp near you today? 

1. Improved Learning Skills:

In dance class or summer dance camp, your child will develop the ability to focus and understand the concept of discipline. These skills learned through dance will carry into all areas of life, including both home and school settings. These educational skills learned and practiced in summer camp will stick with your child as he or she enters the new school year, and will lead to an improved academic performance!

2. Beat Summer Boredom!

While many children look forward to summer all year long, without a daytime activity, the days can tend to drag on. Summer dance camps provide a variety of fun for children as they learn new moves, play fun games, and develop creativity. As children experience new dance styles and learn new skills, they may just decide that dance is a hobby they’d like to stick with all year long!

3. Improved Social Skills: 

2-3.jpgSummer dance camp is the perfect place for your children to make new friends. As your child gains self confidence, he/she will also become more comfortable meeting new people and building relationships. As children learn new dancing skills and choreography together, they learn to work as a team. Additionally, more reserved children can learn to overcome shyness and stage fright through fun performances often held at the conclusion of a camp session.

4. Improved Physical Health:

Dance is a form of aerobic activity; it is a sure way to keep your child moving and grooving for an extended period of time. According to a study conducted by Pro Dance Center, regular dance practice can also increase your child's flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina. Enrolling in a summer dance camp provides your children with an opportunity to improve their balance and coordination, and it is a great way for them to begin developing healthy habits and healthy hearts!

5. Improved Self-Confidence:

Dance provides children with an outlet for self expression. Learning to express their feelings in a new way provides opportunity for improved self esteem. As children master new dance skills and become more aware of how their bodies work and move, they will gain a sense of accomplishment. The pride that comes with achievement prompts children to feel more confident in themselves! The confidence found in dancing is something that often sticks with children through out their entire lives. 

3-5.jpgThese are only five benefits of summer dance camps, but the list goes on! Whether your child has years of dance experience or none at all, be sure to check out the dance camps near you this summer! Local dance studios offer a variety of options from ballet, to choreography, to hip-hop and more. Start your research and be sure to get registered early...secure a spot in the perfect camp for your child today!

 

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7 Tips To Prepare For Summer Dance Camp

Posted by Brittany White on Feb 4, 2017 4:48:39 PM

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Summer dance camps are one of the most exciting parts about being on summer break! However, for many, it is also the first time kids are separated from their family. We understand that summer camp might be a new experience and that it might make both dancers and parents a bit uneasy. So we’ve compiled few tips and tricks to help put your mind at ease and to get you and your little one prepared for a fun-filled summer at camp!

1) Have A Positive Attitude

The most important part about making yourself and your camper more comfortable with summer camp is to have a positive attitude! If you don’t think camp will be a positive experience for your child, neither will he/she. Remain positive, give him/her a pep up talk in the morning if the nerves kick in. You can also offer words of encouragement and remind your camper of how much fun camp is! For young campers, reminding them that attending camp is definitely something for “big boys” and “big girls” will also make a huge difference. So turn that frown upside down and head to camp with a positive mindset!

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2) Share Your Own Camp Experiences!

Did you go to camp as a child? If you did, don’t forget to show your pictures of yourself from when you were a camper! Explain to them how much fun you had, how many friends you made, your favorite summer camp memories, and all the neat things you learned! Your summer camp tips will excite your children for their own camp while at the same time easing their nerves!

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3) Head To Camp With A Friend!

Having one of your child’s friends attend summer camp with your child will comfort your camper because they will know someone as soon as they arrive to camp! Not only will this strengthen your child’s current friendship because of these new and fun experiences, but it will reduce your child’s anxiety significantly! (especially if your child is shy!) Having a camp buddy will help your child venture out of his/her comfort zone and help add new kids into their friendship circle!

4) Learn About The Camp!

Learning about the camp in advance will most likely ease your nerves! Go online and research the names and faces of the camp staff. You can also get a better idea of what to expect by reviewing camp videos, brochures, etc. which can all be found on the website of the summer camp your child is attending. Reading over camp safety policies or reviewing safety with the camp provider will also make you and your child feel a lot better if you’re nervous about the big day! 

 

 

5) Packing For Camp!

We know that as a parent you might feel obligated to pack every single thing you can think of. But don’t worry, you really don’t need to pack too much! An extra change of clothes in a bag is always handy (just to be safe in case of accidents). Don’t forget to pack healthy snacks such as fruits and veggies for breaks (nothing too sugary!). Water bottles are a must, you can even bring one reusable bottle so your child only has to carry one bottle. It’ll also make their bag a bit lighter. A list of emergency contacts is important for your child to leave with the camp providers just in case of an emergency. Lastly, be sure to label everything with your child’s first and last name just in case he/she loses any of their belongings!

6) Stay Composed!

Resisting the urge to tell your child over and over how much you will miss him/her will make summer camp a lot easier for you and your child. When you constantly tell them that you will miss them, it increases the risk of separation anxiety, especially when you’re saying your goodbyes. Instead, recognize that it is just a few hours a day, and your child will be having so much fun so there won’t be time to get homesick! Give your child a hug and a kiss and send them on their way!

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7) Give Yourself Extra Time On Check-In Day!

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Understand that the first day of summer camp can be a bit hectic, so allow yourself plenty of extra
time to get checked in. Make sure you arrive early to talk to the camp staff, get your child checked in, take pictures, and say your goodbyes for the day. You won’t regret giving yourself plenty of time to get all of these things done without feeling rushed!

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Local dance studios offer a variety of summer options. These summer dance camps offer music and creative movement classes, choreography, and teach kids different dance styles such as hip-hop, tap, and ballet! Start your research and be sure to get registered early because camps fill up fast! For more information and tips for summer dance camps, check out the Ultimate Guide To Prepare Your Dancer For Summer Dance Camps linked down below or leave any comments/questions down below! Secure a spot in the perfect dance summer camp for your child today!

 

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5 Reasons To Do A Summer Dance Camp

Posted by Brittany White on Feb 1, 2017 11:09:31 PM

How many parents out there are starting to think about your children's summer camps and vacations? Summer is filled with so many different options for families to explore. Kids (even the young ones) can participate in programs with many different time frame options allowing them to try something new for as long or little as they want. Why not try a summer dance camp to take a break from the sun and heat? Summer dance camps typically allow kids to try different styles of dance, work quickly toward a performance, and learn in a fun, relaxing environment! We offer fun summer camps in San Diego and fun summer camps in Chicago as well! Read on to see why dancing in the summer is so much fun and helpful!

  1. Keep The Juices Flowing:

Throughout the school year, kids are learning all day, every day. Summer dance camps are a great resource to trigger their brains in a fun and athletic way through physical and observational learning. Students memorize sequences of steps, rhythm patterns in music, spacing, and formations, keeping those brains active! Studies show that when we make split-second, quick decisions (like when we dance), we create new neuron pathways that increase our intelligence. Give your kids a break from school but keep their minds engaged through dancing!

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  1. Give Them A Sun Break:

We all want to enjoy the sunshine this time of year but many kids appreciate some time out of the heat here and there. Children's dance camps typically take place inside cool buildings. They sometimes even come with snacks, lunch, games, and/or craft breaks which allows kids to go outside for fresh air. You can also switch up your summer camps a bit to give your child more variation to better deal with the heat!


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  1. Explore New Dance Styles:

Many parents are interested in short commitments for their children until they find what they are truly passionate about. Summer is the perfect time to try new dance styles like ballet, tap, and hip hop to see what really gets a kid moving! There's no school that prevents kids from exploring their interests and so many camps are offered! In addtion, many kids dance camps offer a crash course to a specific style or they fuse several styles within a week and focus more on fun. If one style isn't a good fit for whatever reason, a dancer will quickly move on to another after a day or a week. If you are looking for serious improvement, check out a summer dance intensive at a summer camp in Chicago or San Diego.


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  1. Get Maximum Creativity:

If your child is drawn to creativity, children’s summer dance camps are a perfect fit! Kids get numerous chances to share their creativity through new movements, games, arts and crafts, and songs. Some children's dance camps even involve costume design, choreography mentoring, and hair and makeup techniques for the stage!

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  1. Make New Friends:

Dancing creates a team-like atmosphere because the participants must work together to create the finished product. Because camps tend to be half day, many kids will schedule play dates with new friends after your children's summer camp too! This is a great way for kids to make new friends and create special memories that will last a life-time!


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You can find dance camps through your local studios, community centers, or creative arts programs. Do a search online and see what kinds of options you have for this summer! Registration typically starts early so stay ahead of the game and reserve your spot! Dancing is an overall great way for kids to express themselves and get great exercise. Go sign up your kid for a dance camp and have them explore their creativity and talent! Our summer camps in San Diego and Chicago have many locations all around both cities so go ahead and check out our website! We hope this helped and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to let us know!

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Nutcracker: A Holiday Activity For Kids

Posted by Brittany White on Dec 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

holidays_christmas_costumes1.jpgThe holiday season is here once again! Ahh, I sure have missed this wonderful time of the year with steaming hot cups of cocoa, warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, and all-around jolly holiday cheers. I’m sure all of you have missed this magical time spent with loved ones just as much as I have. With the holiday season, an amazing opportunity for some holiday activities for kids and the whole family also arrives.

The perfect music to accompany this post would have to be the sound of sugar plums quietly dancing in the background. You can probably guess exactly which song I’m talking about! Use your imagination and hear the music in your head to give this post some extra emphasis! Did you guess what it is? If you were thinking of the Nutcracker story, then you guessed correctly!

The watching the classic ballet performance that goes hand-in-hand with the song is a perfect holiday activity for kids and the whole family.  In this holiday season, anyone can find a Nutcracker performance in his or her local dance studios not too far away.

The Nutcracker embraces the spirit of the holiday season and is an enjoyable holiday activity for kids! The whole family (even dads!) can enjoy it and also dancers can identify some of the moves they learned from our dance classes!

The Nutcracker has it all with an enchanting story of a little girl in a magical world with a Nutcracker, King Mouse, and dancing sugar plums. The scenery backdrops, costumes and dancing are absolutely gorgeous, and the music will simply take you away. (Plus, you’ll be able to recognize a
lot of these songs from your holiday shopping).

holidays_christmas_costumes.jpgTo give you a brief history: The first version of the Nutcracker called The Nutcracker and The Mouse King premiered on December 18, 1892 in St. Petersburgh to limited popularity. However, the score within the ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was the huge success that brought us the classic song "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." As the years progressed, the ballet really became famous when the world-renowned choreographer George Balachine choreographed a new version in 1954. If you have ever seen the Nutcracker it was most likely based off the choreography in Balachine’s production. The Nutcracker is one of the most famous ballets in present time and is a great holiday activity for kids and the whole family  that should not be missed during the holiday season.

In terms of showings, a professional company performing the Nutcracker will leave you breathless and in awe; however, it will come with a more expensive ticket. If you, like many of us, are looking for something a little more budget friendly, many local dance studios do versions of the show. For example, I have seen the San Diego Youth Ballet’s version of the Nutcracker for $15-$20, and thought it was wonderful. At the end of the day, no matter what price you pay, you can’t help but leave the show with holiday nostalgia after hearing familiar classical music, seeing children in adorable costumes, and getting impressed by the leading dance soloists.

Here are a couple professional companies offering the Nutcracker this year in the San Diego area:

City Ballet of San Diego

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

California Ballet

Moscow Ballet

West Coast Ballet Theatre

Nutcracker this year in Chicago area with pricing details

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New Children’s Dance Classes in Chicago

Posted by Brittany White on Nov 29, 2016 4:53:14 PM

The Windy City has new children’s dance classes available! Here at Dance To EvOLvE, we are proud to announce that we will be holding kids dance classes in Rogers Park beginning January 2017. Additionally, we will also be hosting after school/daycare programs where your children can dance with us!

If you’re on the fence about signing your child up for kid’s dance classes, check out the reasons we encourage even the littlest ones to start dancing! Here, we have put together great information about the benefits of dance at an early age. It introduces kids to a different way of thinking, expands their socialization skills and keeps them physically healthy.

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What Dancing Does at a Young Age

While you might think that your children are too young to be taking dance classes, think of all the benefits that dance brings along. Dancing allows children the freedom of expression in a way few other activities can. This can often open up a new perspective of thinking that will carry on with them throughout their lives. Examined Existence, a website that studies the different activities that affect the human body, states that “experts from Stanford University say that dancing is great at involving all the brain functions simultaneously – from musical and kinesthetic, to rational and emotional.” Not only does dance help young individuals feel more confident in expressing themselves and utilizing their mind, but overall young dancers have a major advantage of unlocking their fullest potential. Children’s dance classes help those who want to learn the true art form of expression the opportunity to channel their skill and energy into a positive and grand spectrum. As an added bonus, allowing them to exhaust all their energy in a kid’s dance class instead of home means less clean up work and a happier/healthier child (and parent for that matter)!

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The Importance of Arts Within a Community

When it comes to the arts, The Windy City is blowing us away with their new innovative and intricate mindsets.  Whether it be music, drawing or children's dance classes, these mindsets often stem from young individuals that make an impact within the community. Allowing for a community to build means a better future, which is the true purpose of art. In Strengthening Communities Through Dance by Dee Decker, the author states “Many key principles of social interaction including creativity and teamwork are displayed at community dances.  Dancers are allowed to express their creativity in a nonverbal format. [...] Through dance, we are laying the foundation to share in the camaraderie, to be healthier, and to strengthen communities.”

Art allows for individuals to come together to build, create, and discover. Within a community we build relations with one another, we create memories that will last us a lifetime, and we discover ourselves. Be involved in your community by signing your child up for kid’s dance classes and watch the social connections blossom!

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How Can I Make Sure My Child Fully Expresses Themselves

Allowing your child to stray from daily routine by putting them in some extracurricular activity that they enjoy is the first step. The second step is to make sure that your child works to their fullest potential, which means balancing work, nutrition, and fun. The third step, which is the most important step, is to guide them throughout the process and in life in general. It’s not enough to just hold their hands or to sign them up for what you see as beneficial, but actually get involved. Parental Rights, a website that delivers information to protect children by empowering parents states, “students with involved parents tend to earn higher grades, have better social skills, and are more likely to graduate and go on to post-secondary education.” So this means that the parent cheering for their child during a basketball game or practicing dance drills with them before a recital is more encouraging than the parent that just lets their child run amuck. Get involved with your children, because to them you're irreplaceable.  

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Here are some of our newest kid’s dance options in Chicago! Be sure to check out the following locations.

Lincoln Park

Little Beans Cafe (1809 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614) 

In Bucktown, there are many things to do with your children. You could visit the Windy City Fieldhouse, The Purple Monkey Playroom or perhaps even Old Town’s aquarium. And now at Little Bean’s Cafe, in Bucktown, children’s dance classes have already begun. They have a wide variety of classes from Tiny Mover Tap to Beat Breakers Hip Hop and so much more that your children will love. On top of that, when you register your child at Dance To EvOLvE, you’ll receive a discount during play time at Little Bean’s. Instead of taking your kids out to see the big Bean (because we know you’ve bean there, done that), take them to Little Bean’s where they can dance today for their life tomorrow!

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Studio Fit Chicago

Studio Fit Chicago (1011 W Armitage, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60615)

Studio Fit Chicago wants people to know that there is no "one size fits all" mentality and believes that there should be no stereotype when it comes to overall fitness and dance! Studio Fit is located in the heart of Lincoln Park and encourages those who join to empower their lives by embracing new change. Studio Fit wants to help individuals set goals and pursue passions that are sparked from within. Now that Dance To EvOLvE is having children's dance classes at Studio Fit, it gives children the opportunity to dance to their fullest potential in an overall encouraging and motivating environment. These new kid's dance classes in Lincoln Park will help children discover the true joy of dancing and their best fit in life!

Rogers Park

Glenwood Dance Studio (7017 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626) 

By Rogers Park at Glenwood Dance Studio, located in the heart of the Glenwood Art District, Dance To EvOLvE will also be hosting a few dance classes, such as Magical Munchkins and Tiny Movers for your children of the ages 2-4. Chicago’s Art’s Festival is held in the area yearly with outdoor entertainment and music, so expose them to as much art/culture as you can and they’ll get their chance in the spotlight. These kid’s dance classes in Rogers Park will teach your little ones the basics of tap and ballet while putting in our signature Dance To EvOLvE touch. Be sure to sign up early when Winter registration begins in early January.

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After School Programs

Dance To EvOLvE will also be organized with after school/daycare programs in several Chicago locations. For your convenience, we offer childcare where they can dance, sing, and play with us. Allow your children to play with us as we inspire and motivate them through dance. Dance To EvOLvE will be working at Wee Care Daycare, University Commons Dance, and St. Paul’s. For more information or time listings, visit our Dance To EvOLvE website and see all the different children’s dance classes/after school programs we have to offer.

Come join us here at Dance To EvOLvE and schedule a trial class!

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