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New Kids Dance Classes in Cleveland East!

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on Feb 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

This February and March 2018 the mobile kids dance company, Dance To EvOLvE, is thrilled to announce 5 new locations opening in several Cleveland East Neighborhoods! Since San Diego, and Chicago has welcomed these fun and upbeat kids dance classes to their communities with open arms, the Dance To EvOLvE team is very excited to bring these high-quality, fun and affordable kids dance classes to the Cleveland East area! Read on to learn more about Dance To EvOLvE and which neighborhoods will be introducing classes this Spring!

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About Dance To EvOLvE

Dance To EvOLvE is unique as a mobile dance company as they don’t have ‘one’ studio. they hold all of their classes in third party venues around Cleveland.  Through our highly trained teachers, they offer great classes in recreation centers, schools and other venues, and specialize in teaching children ages 1.5 - 12 years.  They are a team who loves what they do!

Their mission is to evolve their students through dance while creating heart-warming smiles!  They are so confident in their ability to do this that they offer new dancers a risk-free money-back guarantee! Dance with DTE for a month, and if they can't help make sure it is the right fit for your child, they will refund you a month of classes!

 

Meet Brittany White, EvOLvE Director

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Brittany has over twenty years of teaching experience, a diverse dance background, and lived and danced in five countries.  Studying with acclaimed dance instructors, she attended GuGiordano Jazz Chicago and was awarded a dance scholarship from the nationally recognized dance program at the University of Arizona.  She directed Ceroc Dance in London, the largest UK partner dance company.  Brittany was a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, Africa and attended graduate school at Hawaii Pacific University to earn a Masters in Business Administration.

She recently relocated to the Cleveland area after spending 12 years in San Diego, where Brittany started Dance To EvOLvE in 2008, including the unique Dance To EvOLvE program, a student-directed leadership dance program that develops dancers’ character, life-skills, and creativity through dance.  Brittany creates a positive and dynamic class, combined with heartfelt energy, excitement, and a love for teaching.  She teaches with a passion, realizing the direct impact dance has made on her character and professional career.  Brittany teaches a diverse range of classes including jazz, contemporary, tap, ballet, and hip-hop from tiny tots to adults.

 

What's in it for Cleveland?

FREE DANCE CLASSES! To introduce themselves to the Cleveland area and celebrate their grand opening, DTE is offering a host of free kids dance classes to several different communities. The schedule is as follows and includes multiple dance classes for kids of various ages each day. Spaces fill up quickly for these free classes, so RSVP here to ensure you get a spot!

Monday, February 19, 2018 in Mayfield Village  
Wildcat Sport & Fitness Community Center (6116 Wilson Mills Rd. Mayfield Village, OH 44143)

Friday, March 2, 2018 in Macedonia  
Macedonia Family Recreation Center (1494 E Aurora Rd, Macedonia, OH 44056)

Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Solon  
WHYM Dance (32901 Station St #112, Solon, OH 44139) 

Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Kirtland  
Kirtland Community Center (7900 Euclid-Chardon Road, Kirkland, OH 44094) 

As experts in teaching dance to boys and girls ages 1.5-12 years, Dance To EvOLvE offers Tap, Ballet, & Hip Hop. Classes are all age-appropriate & include fun dance curriculums. Having a great time is the name of the game here, not competition dance, and heart-warming smiles are guaranteed!

Dance To EvOLvE offers a unique and fun way for kids to get involved in dance classes. The teachers at EvOLvE make sure to create an encouraging learning environment by keeping the classes full of energy and positivity. The team has already inspired children from all demographics to enroll in their classes throughout the East Cleveland area.  Since the main focus of EvOLvE’s dance classes for kids is not on preparing the students to join a professional dance company, every child is able to learn the fundamentals of dance in a fun, stress-free setting. For kids this means no yelling teachers and more stickers and smiles! And EvOLvE is certainly not lacking in the sticker department (seriously, we’ve got rolls and rolls of them!).

Besides maintaining this very important and never ending sticker collection, the team also focuses on teaching age appropriate classes with fun props and creative techniques. For example, the Tiny Movers class is a combination of ballet and tap dancing or tumbling designed for kid’s ages 3-4.5 years old. The class gets the kids moving and teaches them musicality, and most importantly the class is fun! It is also very adorable to watch little ballerinas twirl around, but that is just an added benefit. EvOLvE offers these great classes for children ages 14 months all the way through 12 years old.

The progressive dance classes enable kids to always take that next step to keep them challenged, learning and having fun.  All toddlers and kids dance classes are great for both boys and girls, and all are encouraged (but not required) to participate in the annual spring recital. Check out descriptions of all kids dance classes here.

 

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Cleveland East Locations

Classes begin in February in Mayfield Village and March in Shaker Heights, Solon, Macedonia and Kirtland. In all, 9 locations are scheduled to open by summer, so there will be lots of convenient dance class options!

Locations still in the works include: Willoughby Hills, Chardon, Painsville and Mentor. Click the map below to see all Cleveland Dance To EvOLvE locations and specific information about classes, schedules and start dates at each.


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But Why Dance Class?

Well, there are actually several benefits to placing a child into dance at a young age. Besides the obvious “they are getting exercise” reason, dance class can also be a great place for kids to learn confidence, respect, and discipline in a positive atmosphere.

EvOLvE is happy to bring kids dance classes to Cleveland area suburbs where the focus will be on building kids confidence. Dance class also helps children learn to listen to direction and apply corrections given to them by the dance teacher. While we cannot guarantee this will translate to your kid doing the dishes when asked, it is always worth a try!  Plus, the skills a child learns today in dance class from the teacher will carry on to be used in everyday life even after they stop dancing. The teachers at EvOLvE work specifically with the children on curriculum that ensures the entire class is growing and improving.  EvOLvE strives to instill impacting lessons in every class that the students can carry with them as they further their education.

 

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With Dance To EvOLvE continuing to expand in East Cleveland, there is more opportunity for children to be exposed to the joys of dancing. The whole team at EvOLvE is thrilled to bring their kids dance classes to the Cleveland community. Please feel free to visit EvOLvE at their new locations this February and March! Be sure to click below to check the website for more information.

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Every City Needs a Dance Company

Posted by Brittany White on Nov 18, 2017 5:24:32 PM

For most cities, it is industry that brings people into the area and creates the city for a general purpose. However, it is the arts that stimulate the city to become a living, breathing community where people want to visit and be a part of. Sure there are those who can try to argue against this, but honestly who travels to France and doesn’t visit the Louvre? Or who could leave Florence without having waited at least two hours in line to stare longingly at Michelangelo’s David? Even if you were able to leave these cities without witnessing these masterpieces, the streets in France and Florence are both overflowing with live music and vibrant color that by just walking around along the cobblestones you are swept up into the artwork of the city.

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Unfortunately, at some point in our society, the collective opinion has allowed art to only be deemed necessary in large, “upscale” cities. This attitude is especially prevalent when we look at the support of professional dance companies in smaller cities verses cities like New York City. Rather then focusing on a city negatively affected by this lack of artistic support, we want to keep things positive and instead look at a city where they are helping to rebuild a dance company and the benefits the community has experienced from the company’s presence. 

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Cleveland, OH the city of “rock and roll” is also our amped-up city that has recently revitalized the Cleveland Ballet in 2014. To put things into perspective, Cleveland has a population of 385,809 in comparison to New York City with a population of over 8.538 million! Luckily, the city of Cleveland has not allowed numbers to deter them in their quest for advocating the arts. And what better organization to support than a dance company whose mission is to present “world class dance on stage through classical and new works and to ensure that classical and neoclassical ballet is accessible and relevant to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.” Since the dance company’s revitalization, Cleveland has gained an expanded cultural richness and, of course, seen a rise in a number of cute little ballerinas in tutus. Which, if we are being honest, is one of the best adorable perks of attending any ballet performance.

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There are several examples of how having a dance company in Cleveland has helped the city’s culture. Perhaps the best example is the positive exposure children get from seeing the Cleveland Ballet. The Cleveland Ballet is an especially good example since they regularly participate in outreach activities, and work with schools and other non-profits to expose children from all socioeconomic backgrounds to the arts. Having a professional company also increases Cleveland's support of bringing dance into the community through outreach and community funded events.

The city also moves towards creating more kids dance classes in Cleveland from the Cleveland Ballet’s presence. Besides gaining the professional dance school associated with the ballet company, the city sees an increase in other dance schools both professional and recreational in the area! A huge component in a child’s involvement in dance is getting the child to and from dance class each week. This job normally goes to our lifetime and forever loved personal chauffeurs, our parents. A parent who attends a professional performance of the Nutcracker or Swan Lake witnesses the beauty, hard work and dedication dance requires first hand. From viewing a Cleveland Ballet performance a parent is able to gain a deeper appreciation for the art and become more willing to enroll their child in a kids dance class in Cleveland.

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The benefits from enrolling children in a dance class are endless! From building self-esteem to challenging a child’s focus and mind, dance class is a great way to spark creativity in young ones. Kids dance classes also helps kids learn valuable life lessons like that improvement comes with commitment and in order to see results they need to put in the work.  Even a child who simply participates in a recreational dance class in Cleveland will gain the confidence and joy that only a dance class can offer. 

In the end, it is the benefits children receive from both being exposed to dance and participating in it themselves through kids dance classes that becomes the ultimate reason for having a professional dance company in every city. Yes, the dance company will bring culture and nightlife to the city, but most importantly it will inspire children to become creative and help them develop an appreciation for the arts thus sustaining art for generations to come.

Click below to check out the great kids dance classes now offered in Cleveland's East Suburbs by Dance To EvOLvE!

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