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Summer Camps

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Mar 28, 2014 10:05:00 AM

San Diego Summer Camps

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Hey parents! Summer is just around the corner and you’ve probably started wondering about what to do with your kiddo this summer.  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 and some of the best options San Diego has to offer.

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 four! 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 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 comfortability with meeting new people. There are a variety of themes from the Royalty of Fairyland and superhero themed for the youngest dancers to Hip Hop, Creative Explorers and more for the older kids, it’s never a boring day for the campers! It also provides children with important team work 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. 

Kids summer campOutdoorsy 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 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! Super cute and they even allow parent participation!

Scholastic camps

Bring the mad scientist out in your child by letting them explore the world of science to choose from a variety of different themes with different 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

The San Diego Museum of Man offers a ton of different camps for kids of different agesand interests! From the creative ones to the curious ones, they will learn all about science, myths and mysteries!

Kids summer camp

Hopefully this was a helpful guide and will make your brainstorming process easier! We hope that your child has fun with any kid’s summer camp that they choose! And for the parent’s who want a bigger variety, take a look at this site that shows you tons the camps being offered this summer! http://www.sandiegosummercamps.org/

Let us know if you have any awesome suggestions for San Diego summer camps or if you have any comments about the ones we posted! 

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10 Questions To Avoid Dance Academy Drama

Posted by Brittany White on Jul 31, 2012 8:23:00 AM

We've all heard a story here and there about dance academy drama. There are the crazy stage moms or the teachers that show too much favoritism...How about the diva that has to be the center of attention or the studio owner that just only focuses on making money? No matter what, when you put multiple performer types all together, things can easily get too political. Some dance academes are worse than others though. Here are a few tricks to avoid the dance academy drama:

1. Ask if the dance academy focuses on competitions or not. Do they have multiple trophies all around the studio?

2. Check how expensive their recital fees are and how much hype surrounds it. Click here for a good example of a recital that is not blown out of proportion. 

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3. See what their reputation is by chatting with some other moms about what they've heard.

4. Get an overall vibe of the dance academy. Is it about creating a positive environment where dancers feel welcome to learn or does it feel cliquey? 

5. Does the dance academy require you to purchase their custom dance clothes or is the dress code too strict? Here is an example of a flexible dress code policy. 

6. See if they offer a trial class or maybe a drop-in fee before you spend a bunch of money. 

7. How does the front desk staff treat you? Are they warm and inviting or does it seem like they don't have time to answer your questions?

8. Observe how the teacher interacts with their dancers. Are they focusing on their class as a whole or a select group?

9. How involved are the other dancers' parents? Does it seem healthy or overbearing?

10. How are attitudes dealt with or behavioral issues? Do you agree or disagree?

Of course, no matter what we get involved in, conflict is part of our daily lives. The important thing to remember is that we cannot control the people around us, but can always remove ourselves from negative environments. If a dance academy is doing its job right, the true spirit of dance should always come through. Support, encouragement, and positivity are all great aspects of the dance world that can do wonders for anyone. Always do your research to ensure that your dancer is in the best environment possible while obviously having FUN!

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How can a good dance class for children prepare your dancer for school?

Posted by Brittany White on Apr 14, 2012 1:00:00 PM

A good dance teacher should go way beyond simply teaching dance in a dance class. A good dance teacher not only develops technique, imagination, and artistry but also teaches skills such as social, listening, coordination, memorization and math. They should also introduce class structure which is imperative when starting school. Good dance teachers see the importance of developing little humans versus just developing a dancer. They create a perfect environment in their dance class for a young dancer to start learning the skills that will benefit them in all their school years.

Quality children’s dance lessons will involve the dancers understanding that they need to listen to the teacher and follow the rules of the class and directions of the teacher. The young dancers will also learn to make lines, wait their turn, dance together, share, listen and repeat or listen and follow, and also count. As I like to say with my students, ‘the magic number is 8’ and we do a lot of counting forwards and backwards to 8. Putting dance moves with counts (or numbers) is the starting blocks of all the research that shows that dance helps mathematic scores.

In addition to all the skills the young dancers learn, they are also becoming comfortable with participating in a class without mom and dad. This helps with separation anxiety that is often a problem for the parent and child when beginning school.

Dance To EvOLvE’s tag line is ‘Dance Today For Your Life Tomorrow‘ and outlines the philosophy of EvOLvE and the EvOLvE teachers. As a team, we believe in teaching more than dance and take our role as a teacher seriously to develop our students in all aspects.

Brittany White, Dance To EvOLvE Director

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