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Beat The Heat With Your Kids This Summer

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on Jul 31, 2017 11:22:38 AM

Its mid-July and almost everyday heat records are being shattered! This means that kids are getting bored and tired especially as the temperatures continue to rise. So it’s important to have back-up plans to beat the heat and kid’s summer boredom! So here’s a list of some of our favorite creative ways to stay cool!

 

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Public Pools

If you aren’t lucky enough to have your own pool or complex pool, Rec center pools often allow kids to come and free swim. Some of them even have a splash pad, waterslide or water playground for the kids. Like a little mini-Soak City but way more convenient and cost effective! Overall it’s a cheap and great way to access a pool! Just don’t forget the sunscreen! While you are at the rec center you can also take...

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Dance Classes 

Get out of the sun and get your kids grooving! Dance classes are a fun inside activity that still lets your kids get some exercise and get a break from the sun. There is such a variety of styles, from Hip-Hop to Ballet, that every dancer can find a class that they love! Start with a drop-in then maybe even sign up for a whole session! Check out our summer classes here: http://www.dancetoevolve.com/san-diego/dance-classes/schedule

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Make Your Own Popsicles

All you need is your favorite fruit juice and some Popsicle molds and in a few hours you have got a delicious ice-cold treat! Popsicle molds are relatively cheap and can be bought at Rite-Aid, Walmart and off Amazon! Our favorite juices to use are orange, mango and guava. If you are feeling fancy you can even add some fruit! It’s a great way for your kids to get a little creative and get to customize their treat!

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Water Games

Another great inexpensive way to cool off but still be playing outside is to play some water games! These are some summer camp classics that kids love! Some basic ones are water balloon tossing contests where you get further and further away from your partner! Or just a water balloon fight if you don’t mind picking up all the balloon remnants after! Another great game for littler kids is duck-duck-goose featuring a soaked sponge; as you go around you hold the sponge and let it drip onto the heads of the ducks then you squeeze it out over the chosen goose! Our final game is a relay where the kids fill up a cup using only a bucket of water and their hair! The kids have to run to the bucket of water, dunk their head in, then run back and squeeze out their hair into the cup that you are holding next to their line! This game works best with a larger number of kids and its great for girls with longer hair!

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Outdoor Art Projects

You know how kids love to paint on themselves or each other? Well this is an activity where that is the goal! Using non-toxic water-soluble paint masterpieces on each other then to clean up spray each other with the hose! Its artistic, creative and a great way to cool off!Source: http://dguides.com/images/sandiego/attractions/mission-beach.jpg

Beach Day

If you are lucky enough to live near a beach like our San Diego families, another way to beat the heat is to have a beach day! Make it a day trip by bringing a picnic lunch and plenty of water! Also pack the boogie boards, surfboards, and any other activity that your kids like to do in the ocean! Just remember to stock up on the sunscreen, and bring an umbrella!

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Summer Camps

Although summer camps are often outside, there are many that are actually mainly inside! For example science, cooking, sewing, and dance camps. Depending on the camp your child will get some exercise, learn new skills, build on old ones, explore their passions and have fun! Especially if you are a working parent these are great to keep your kids entertained all day long! Check out some of our dance camps here: http://www.dancetoevolve.com/san-diego/summer-dance-camps

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Rock Climbing Gym

Another fun activity that is indoors and air-conditioned is a rock climbing gym! Many places have lessons for kids and kid friendly climbs. It is amazing exercise, a mental challenge and it’s so incredible when your child reaches the top for the first time! Overall it’s a great way to get out of the sun and try something new!

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See a Movie

Seeing a movie seems like a nighttime activity, but in the summer when it is blazing hot it’s a great way to have fun indoors! If you want a less high-energy activity then this is a great option. So mix it up by seeing a movie during the day instead of at night!

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Go to a Museum

Summer does not have to be all play all the time! Museums are a great way for kids to learn and stay smart over the summer in a fun and air conditioned way! There is also such a variety from art, history to science that all kids can find a museum that they love! Chicago is ripe with museums and San Diego has some great ones in Balboa Park.  Make it a fun and educational day that your kids will never forget! 

 

Don’t let summer boredom and the heat get the best of you! Keep the kids cool and entertained all summer long by trying these activities!

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Fun Fourth of July Activities for Kids

Posted by Helen McCarthy on Jul 3, 2017 10:02:00 PM

The Fourth of July is fast approaching! This holiday usually brings time spent with family and friends enjoying a classic summer bbq - and of course everything red, white, and blue. Whether you are attending a block party or celebrating at home, we have some great ideas for getting your little ones involved with some fun Independence Day activities for kids!

The most essential part of any party that you plan is the food! There are so many holiday snacks you can make, and the best part is that you can get the kids involved in the preparation. There is always fun to be had decorating cookies or cupcakes with red, white, and blue sprinkles or frosting. Its great to see all the creative designs the little ones come up with, and they have a blast helping you out. Another great summer dish that they can help you prepare is fruit salad. Not only is this a nutritional addition to any BBQ menu, but it is also such a refreshing, quick, and easy entree to prepare. Whether you just choose to prepare a classic fruit salad using your favorite festive fruit or get creative using cookie cutters to cut fruit into cute star shapes it’s sure to be a hit. You can also have the kids help you make a unique dessert by creating kabobs with fruit, brownies, marshmallows - really anything that you want! These are delicious and effortless!

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Moving on from the food, another great area of the prep that the little ones love to help out with is the decorating! This can be a tricky task, but don’t feel like you need to go out and buy decorations that you are only going to use for one day when you can make your own to last for years to come! We found a great way to not only create super cute star suncatchers, but also use all those old crayons you have laying around the house. These festive decorations will definitely be a crowd pleaser at any party, and the kids will have a blast making them with you!

We also have so many DYI craft ideas that kids and adults alike can play with while enjoying the food and festivities! Confetti launchers are the perfect at-home alternative to fireworks without all the safety hazards. There is sure to be fun to have with these confetti cannons for all ages. The kids can help out with creating their own unique designs on the outside of the cannons and will love setting off their own fireworks! Another easy craft that everyone can get involved in is the creation and exploration of slime! Not only can you make the slime Fourth of July themed, but it’s a great Independence day activity for kids. And finally, what better way to cool down on a hot summer’s day than to have a water balloon fight?! You can even split into different teams to have Patriots against the British to have your own historical battle.  

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The last key ingredient to any party is the music! Make sure to have a playlist planned with all your family’s favorite songs to groove to! Your little ones will love busting out some of the moves they have been learning in their Dance To EvOLvE classes or summer camps, and now is the perfect time to share them with the rest of the family!

And of course, the main attraction of any 4th of July festivities is the fireworks show! Don’t forget to plan out the best viewing sight to enjoy a fireworks show! In San Diego there are usually a few shows to be seen from anywhere along the beach or the bay. From watching the annual parades in Coronado or Old Town to enjoying the day at the Del Mar Fair, to spending the day at the beach. There are so many great Fourth of July activities for kids in San Diego. If you live in Chicago make sure to check out all the parades and music festivals they have located throughout the area! So much fun ready to ensue for the entire family with all the events planned - Chicago is definitely prepared with many activities for kids on Independence Day!

We hope you have a great time trying out some of these activities and exploring your city on this fun-filled holiday! Wishing you all the best dance parties and time spent with those you love with these 4th of July activities for kids!

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Summer Dance Class Themes with Dance to EvOLvE

Posted by Helen McCarthy on May 27, 2017 8:14:01 PM

Summer is fast approaching - crazy right!? With the kids home all day without school you are going to want activities that keep them active, involved, and social. Luckily, at Dance To EvOLvE we have been hard at work planning themed weeks to keep our our current kids dance classes fun and fresh this summer!

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What better way to kickstart the summer than to dance outside? The summer themes begin with Dance Outside Week, where dancers get to enjoy the beautiful weather that comes with the new season (or lack thereof at our San Diego locations). Teachers often choose to spend the games portion of class outside, or even teach their entire class in the fresh air! These activities will be in safe, shady areas, but be sure that your dancers bring plenty of water on this day so that they stay hydrated! 

The fun outdoors doesn't end there – get ready for anything and everything bubbles on Bubble Day! Teachers might add an under the sea mermaid twist to the theme or opt for a more whimsical take on the idea. During game time dancers will have an opportunity to venture outdoors to play with all types of bubbles. From large bubbles they can chase with friends to small bubble wands they can twirl around with, your little one will have many opportunities to find creative ways to incorporate bubbles into movement and dance.

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During Beach Week we bring the tropical mindset to the studio! Our San Diego students are already familiar with the sandy beaches by the ocean, so this is a fun way to incorperate their favorite summertime activities into dance class. Dancers at our Chicago locations will get to travel to more coastal shores without hopping on a plane. On beach days dancers get to dress in their favorite beach-going attire – a super fun way to switch up their normal dance class routine. Beach themed games will be set up during the allotted game time. Sure to be a blast! 

Families, you will get a chance to put on your dancing shoes and learn a few steps from your young dancer during Parents Get Involved Day! This class is all about being a part of the Dance To EvOLvE family, so you definitely do not want to miss out. You can look forward to some partner dancing with your little one, and they will love to show you what they have been learning in class. Older dancers will also have the opportunity to teach their families some new moves they learned – a super fun activity for all participants that is guaranteed to improve dance parties at home.

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Switch Up The Style Day is a great way to expose our students to different dance styles that they might not have learned before! For example, classes during this week could potentially incorporate some hip-hop moves into a ballet/tap class. Teachers might choose to change up small sections of the routines throughout the class or simply change the entire class to a different style. The possibilities are endless with this theme, and we can’t wait to see the unique ideas our teachers come up with!

The Dance to EvOLvE team is excited to experience the creativity and laughter that our themed summer classes bring – from enjoying the great outdoors, to fun with costumes and bubbles, to seeing YOU bust some moves on the dance floor! Be sure to keep your eye of for these special classes on the announcement page so that your dancer is a part of the fun!

If you are looking for other ways to keep your little one active this summer, look no further than our Dance To EvOLvE summer camps! We are hosting a wide range of themes and locations this summer that are a perfect way to creatively focus their energy, keep their minds active, and build friendships outside of school. Go check them out!

 

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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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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.

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Dance Studio For Kids and Art Education in Balboa Park

Posted by Brittany White on Sep 22, 2016 10:31:30 PM

Balboa Park is notorious for its art and culture. For many years, families have come to this area for its museums, gardens, attractions, and venues. There are events always happening and endless things to do near Balboa Park. They have the San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, Alcazar Garden, Botanical Building, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park Carousel, Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre, and now a dance studio for kids!

Being a parent, children are priority. You think, “where can I take my kid today?” or “where can my kid play with other kids?”

Now that there are dance studios for kids near balboa park, that adds another activity to the list of things to do!

Why Should My Kid Dance at Balboa Park?

dancesummercamp2-1.jpgTrips to the San Diego Zoo or Balboa Park Carousel, require constant parental  supervision. Having a dance studio for toddlers near Balboa Park gives kids that opportunity to not only interact with other children, but move and grove with them (and gives parents a bit of a break)!

What is so fantastic about these dance classes for children near Balboa Park, is that it is near Balboa Park. If you are concerned about your child having too much energy during an outing to the Museum of Man, you might want to consider taking them to a dance class before to spend that energy. And what better way than through artistic expression?!

After your toddler finishes their dance class, you can take them to a museum they have never been to, or stroll through a garden while they demonstrate the new moves they learned!

It also is an excuse to see what attractions Balboa Park has every week! 

Dance studios for kids adds a great addition to the art Balboa Park offers. Dance is an art because every dance tells a story. It is a story that you are able to tell without using your mouth, but your body. Of course, being young, children will not completely see the art that dance truly is, but it exposes them the different types of art there are in this world.

Why Should I Expose My Child to Art If They Don’t Understand It?

Just because they do not fully understand it, does not mean it is not important. Art is very important for early childhood development. Through art, kids are able to explore, observe, and imitate. Children learn how to control themselves and how to control their environments, which is an important skill to have.

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Being able to explore and experiment can trigger toddler’s brains and activate their fine motor skills, cognitive development skills, and many other skills depending on the art.

Nowadays, schools have had budget cuts and, therefore, arts have been the first to go. Parents can still expose their child to various art in Balboa Park, such as dance, sculputre, photography or even fascinating architecture. Luckily for San Diego, we have a whole park full of art and culture!

How Will I Know If My Child Will Like Dancing?

You will never know unless you give it a shot! According to What To Expect, a pregnancy and parenting website, children are naturally attuned to sound and rhythm and will respond to music by smiling, swaying, bouncing up and down, or even clapping their hands. If you notice your child responding to music, it would be a good idea to have them try dance classes!

Do I Have To Pay To Find Out? What If I Just Want to Try One Class?

Dance To EvOLvE offers a trial class for your child to try out risk free! What have you got to lose? Even your trial class will result in a visit to one of the most visited urban parks in the country. Click below to try us today!

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April Fool's Day Pranks You Can Play On Your Kids

Posted by Brittany White on Mar 29, 2016 10:27:44 AM

April Fool’s Day is one of the most overlooked holidays. I mean a holiday where you’re allowed to prank people all day? Even your kids? There are so many different practical jokes to play on your kids that will get a laugh out of them, and only a little bit of embarrassment. Here are a few ideas…


Food Pranks

There are so many ways you can prank your kids on April Fools Day with their food. One easy, but great idea is to fill up their cup with jello instead of juice. When they go to take a sip from the straw, they will be so confused! And, it’s a win for them too because then it turns into a yummy snack!

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Food dye is a wonderful invention. You can put food dye in just about anything, and get some startled looks from your kids when they realize the milk is suddenly blue. Grab some dye from your local store and go crazy!

As they’re getting ready for their dance lesson, prepare a nice cereal snack for them. Make sure you make it a few hours early though, because you’re gonna need to stick it in the freezer for a while. Imagine their face when they try to get a big spoonful of Lucky Charms, only to realize it’s frozen.

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Mess with their Mind Pranks

These April Fool’s Day jokes will make your kids take a second look. If you have a good 20 minutes to spare, turn as much as you can in your house upside down. This means pictures, clocks, chairs, toys, anything you can think of! This will for sure throw them off.

When you pick up your kids from their dance school on April Fool's Day, make sure you have a crazy wig on! Whether it’s a hot pink afro, or a rockin’ mullet, you’ll be looking great and your kids will be the perfect amount of embarrassed in front of their dance friends.

Another funny idea would be to swap out their dance clothes with a larger size, causing them to think they have shrunk! This means their leotard, tutu, shoes, etc. Plus, you can use the bigger clothes later on!

Chicago

For those of you in Chicago, there are plenty of ways to use the city to your advantage on this holiday. If your child is a big fan of the Cubs, convince them their Chicago dance school got moved to Wrigley Field for the day! This one may cause some disappointment, but could still be funny as long as they have a good sense of humor. Same goes for the Soldier Stadium if they’re more of a Bears Fan.

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San Diego

There are endless possibilities for practical jokes in San Diego. One idea would be to convince them your family is going to be leaving the San Diego sun and moving to a much colder city in the middle of nowhere. 

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Another good one would be to tell them that they are unfortunately going to miss participating in the recital with their San Diego dance school, because you are going out of town. If you’ve ever been to recital before, you know that this is not something to be missed.

Now that you have all of these ideas in your mind, it’s time to get to work! Just remember that April Fool’s Day is supposed to be fun and be a day full of extra laughter! Create some more memories with your kids by pranking them in a way they will never forget, so they can pass the tradition on to their family one day!

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5 Reasons To Do Summer Dance Camps

Posted by Brittany White on Mar 25, 2016 11:07:35 AM

How many parents out there are starting to think about 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 towards a performance, and learn in a fun, relaxing environment. Read on to see why dancing in the summer is such a fun time of the year!

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 neural pathways that increase our intelligence. Give your kids a break from school but keep their minds engaged through dancing!

2. 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. Dance camps  typically take place inside with maybe a snack, lunch, game, or craft break outside for fresh air. Switch up your summer camps a bit and give your child some variation for dealing with the heat.Creative_Explorers_Summer_Dance_Camp.jpg

3. 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! Many 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.

4. Get Maximum Creativity

If your child is drawn to creativity, summer dance camps are a perfect fit! Kids get many chances to share their creativity through movement, games, arts and crafts, and songs. Some dance camps even involve costume design, choreography mentoring, and hair and make-up techniques for the stage! 

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5. 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 camp too! This is a great way for kids to make new friends and create special memories that will last a life time! 

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!  We hope this helped and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to let us know!

 

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Welcome San Elijo, Grantville, and Mission Hills, to the Dance to EvOLvE Family!

Posted by Brittany White on Dec 16, 2015 5:46:58 PM

As the temperatures drop in our sunny San Diego, family-friendly activities are slowly moving indoors. The sun goes down earlier, the evenings are chillier, and kids have more and more time off from school for the holidays. But never fear, we at Dance to EvOLvE have got the perfect activities to keep your little ones moving and happy, at three new fabulous locations!

San Elijo

At our San Elijo location, the San Elijo Parks and Recreation Center, classes start in January, but registration is open now! Find us at 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos 92078. Parking is free, and a trial class is too! Sign up for a risk-free trial class, and we’ll help you find the class that best fits in your family’s busy schedule. San Elijo is home to tons of great family friendly attractions, like it’s proximity to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, lots of sweet camping spots, and a 2-mile stretch of one of California’s most beautiful state beaches. 

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Dance to EvOLvE’s high-quality San Elijo dance classes for kids are just one of the many must-do’s of the area. Our kids dance classes are very affordable, and it’s been proven that dance classes for two and three year olds improves motor skills, self esteem, and socialization. Registration funds are collected online through the recreation center’s website, or at the San Marcos Community Center’s front desk, located at 3 Civic Center Drive. Exact cash, check, and all major credit cards are accepted. 

Grantville

Grantville, San Diego is a historic part of town, close to Allied Gardens, Serra Mesa, and Mission Valley East. As one of California’s oldest communities, Grantville is easy to navigate by Friar’s Road, Mission Gorge Road, or easily accessed by San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System’s Green Line.

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Being a hop, skip and a jump away from Mission Valley Shopping Center and Fashion Valley Mall, this is a great location to sign up for Dance to EvOLvE’s kid-centric dance classes if you want to drop the kids off while you pick up some holiday cheer. Find us at Party Fitness Center, 4659 Mission Gorge Place. We’re here on Fridays, from 10:45am-12:30pm. This location features free parking, but don’t forget to pack a reusable water bottle or two, as this dance studio has no water fountain on site. Right now, Grantville’s classes feature a 10% discount on registration fees, and there’s our educational development days, which feature free classes as well. As this is a location where Dance to EvOLvE personally handles registration, there are two auto-renew options for your enrollment in children's dance classes. The monthly option automatically renews your registration each month, while the semester option auto renews after each semester. Don’t want auto-renewal? That’s totally fine! Just make sure to cancel by the 25th of each month, to avoid fees for the following month.

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    Our other new location in Mission Hills opens in February of 2016. We’ll be bringing down the house at RISE Studio, 2971 India Street. Mission Hills has something for everyone, with great restaurants and boutique shopping, perfect for picking up a bite to eat after working up an appetite in dance class. Registration is open now, so reserve your spot today. Feel free to contact us for updates on Mission Hills kids dance class offerings, or if you have any questions on our attendance and enrollment policies. We’re looking forward to seeing you at one of our new locations.

Shop around, with 13 locations and 50 classes per week, we at Dance to EvOLve hope you find something that fits your needs perfectly to get your little one moving for the holidays! A session of dance classes makes the perfect gift for your toddler so make sure to spread the word! Now you will have an answer when the aunt, uncle, cousin or grandparents asks "what do the kids want for Christmas this year"! 

Happy Holidays! 

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3 Reasons Homeschool Students Should Take Ballet

Posted by Brittany White on Dec 14, 2015 11:00:50 AM


Ballet is a great extracurricular activity for homeschooled students. Due to their flexible schedules, these students have the special opportunity to participate in ballet class any time of the day. Homeschooling also presents its own unique set of challenges, which is often reflected in a child’s behavior and performance. Consider three ways your child can benefit from taking ballet class while in homeschool. 

1. Structure

Kids_ballet_class.jpgHomeschooling is a great option for highly motivated students. However, if there is little to no structure in the home, it can have a negative impact on a child’s ability to focus and stay on task. Ballet class can provide the much needed discipline and structure that might otherwise be lacking in the home. Ballet students are taught to show respect for authority, demonstrate proper etiquette in the classroom, and learn responsibility. Being on someone else’s schedule also teaches a homeschooled student time management, a skill that not only helps them with their academics, but even prepares them for the workforce. Check your local dance schools, studios, and recreation centers for midday classes; some of these have created classes specifically with the homeschooler in mind.

2. Socialization

Some homeschooled students have the tendency to be shy or withdrawn; others are hungry for interaction. Ballet class gives homeschooled students the opportunity to socialize with others their age, giving them a sense of community. Many students have forged lifelong friendships based on their mutual love for dance. Through fun, interactiveactivities, ballet students learn to cooperate with others, creating a positive and supportive dynamic in the classroom. Whether a student is learning to be more assertive, or learning how to play well with others, this environment helps homeschooled students develop better social skills in, and outside the classroom.

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3. Skill

Every child, homeschooled or not, needs exercise. Ballet class is especially great for homeschool students because it fulfills physical education requirements and gives them a chance to blow off some energy. Contrary to popular belief among many young ones, ballet, however, is not about prancing around in a tutu. Ballet is beautiful, but it’s also very challenging. Ballet technique gives students a full-body workout, enhancing their motor skills, and improving their balance and coordination. Homeschooled students have a particular advantage since they can usually devote more time to practice. When they diligently apply themselves, homeschooled students have the opportunity to accelerate and improve, which in turn, increases their self-confidence.

Ballet, as well as other dance forms, has many physical, mental, and emotional benefits for homeschooled students. It instills principles that help them become better students, children, and members of the community. If you’re considering putting your homeschooler in an extracurricular activity, never underestimate the power of dance.

About the Author:
Bethany Leger taught ballet for 7 years in Dallas, TX. She is the founder of Ballet For Adults, a site dedicated to educating adults about ballet.

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