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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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Toddler Dance Classes in Chicago!

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Aug 13, 2014 9:22:00 AM

Dancing is all the rage these days.  All you have to do is turn on the TV and you will find some variation of "So You Think You Can Dance With the Stars?"  People are flocking to dance studios to learn how to shake it like the pros, but despite the popularity of dance it can still be challenging to find proper toddler dance classes in Chicago.  Location is everything! What fun is a kids dance class if it is too difficult or too far to get to? It’s also important to take into consideration commute time on different times of the day. Crossing Chicago at rush hour?  No thank you!  With location being so important, EvOLvE has made it a mission to provide convenient kids dance studios in fun, accessible areas. Read on to find out more about our up and coming dance locations.

kids dance class chicagoRavenswood/Wrigleyville local dance classes

Our Ravenswood/Wrigleyville local dance classes are ballet, tap, hip hop and combination.  This new location offers dance classes for toddlers and preschoolers, ages 2-4.  Not far away is Wrigley Field, giving you the opportunity to take your toddler to a Cub’s game! Watching a baseball game with your child can prove to be an amazing, fun experience. If baseball isn’t your thing, check out Welles Park which has a fully enclosed, shaded playground and a spray water feature, perfect for hot summer days. With all the dancing, splashing, and baseball, your toddler is sure to have a blast in this exciting location.

Edgewater local dance classes

Similar to other locations, our Edgewater local dance classes are tap, ballet and hip hop.  This kid friendly area features parks on every other corner as well as an array of movie theaters and restaurants. In addition to this is a park facility called Broadway Armory that offers tons of fun activities for children such as soccer, volleyball and gymnastics.

Uptown & Old Irving Park local dance classes

 Our next two studios are in Uptown and the Northwest side of Chicago. These areas offer lotstoddler ballet class chicago of fun parks, restaurants and kid friendly activities for your toddler. Kids dance classes in Uptown and Old Irving Park include creative movement classes, tap and ballet combo classes and hip hop classes for ages 2 to 12. We want to ensure that our dance studios are in locations that are not only convenient for you but are safe and kid friendly for your dancing superstar.

Evanston local dance classes

Our upcoming location in January of 2015 will be located in Evanston. This location has it all from malls, parks, theaters and lots of fun places to eat. Starting in November, an indoor kids center called Little Beans Café will be opening that will have something for everyone including our Evanston local dance classes. This family friendly suburb is close to the city and a perfect place to get up on your feet.

Once you have decided on the best area for your toddler dance lessons in San Diego, you can begin to look at what studios in your preferred area offer; what the teachers teach, background on the studio and age appropriateness of the skills taught. A good kids dance studio will love children, but more importantly know how to speak to and motivate them.  Teaching children is much different than teach adults, and teaching toddlers is much different than teaching 8 year olds, as many of us know from first hand experience!  When you do a trial class, ask yourself: was the music appropriate for the age group? Were the skills challenging, yet achievable? Was the teacher patient?  Was the facility clean and safe?  Last, but not least, ask your child if he or she had fun!  Did your toddler experience lots of laughs and smiles in class? The right dance studio should have the perfect combination of learning and laughter to fully benefit your toddler.

kids hip hop class chicagoYour convenience matters to us, which is why our locations are in safe, kid friendly atmospheres with lots to do. We want the dancing experience to be fun, engaging and active for your toddler and a good location and studio are key to that. For more information on our Dance to EvOLvE locations, check our website or our twitter for updated information or any fun activities or themes for the week. We cannot wait to get dancing with you!

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Dance class locations in Chicago!

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Jul 3, 2014 10:41:00 AM

Chicago is one of the busiest cities in America, with all the hustling and bustling it can be difficult for families to find good and close options for their kid’s dance classes. Public transportation can be such a hassle during any day of the week and no one wants to add any more extra time to their commute. Worse than the time spent on the commute is the stress of having to carry around a ton of different stuff with you! So before you commit to a specific studio, its important to make sure that the location is right. Location, location, location! With location being so crucial, Dance to EvOLvE has made it a mission to provide convenient access to residents all over Chicago! We want to help you figure out what will work for you and what you should be lChicago Dance classesooking for in Chicago!

First off, no matter where you are located there is definitely an opportunity to dance for your kids! When searching for a dance studio near you, try and narrow down your search to make sure you aren’t stuck commuting to a studio that’s too far and difficult to get to! There are multiple ways that you can do this. First check the zip code and find out how long the commute will take not taking into consideration traffic or congestion on public transportation. Then test it out. See how long and how difficult it will be for you to get your kids to the studio that day and time for their dance class. It’s always helpful when the studio is located in easy to access areas especially near public transportation! Also think about how many times a week you will be commuting to this location. It doesn’t seem so bad once but that time does add up!

Knowing how important convenience is to parents, Dance to EvOLvE has made it a priority to provide accomodating locations so that families in multiple areas of Chicago can easily find a studio near them! What makes this easier for us is that unlike a traditional studio which is established in one location with a front desk in place at that studio, Dance to EvOLvE is a traveling studio with multiple locations throughout the city which allows parents more options and convenience when choosing dance classes!  Dance to EvOLvE offers dance classes for kids in some of the most accessible areas of Chicago! Bucktown, Edgewater, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview are already established with dance classes in session now, and Evanston is a new location coming soon! Every location offers the most popular types of genres including ballet, tap and hip hop for kids of a variety of ages! Check out Dance To EvOLvE’s dance class schedule and browse through the rest of the site now and see which classes, times and locations are most suitable for your family!

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There's so much dance in Chicago that there's opportunity for everyone.  It's just about going out and finding what’s right for you and your family. Dance is something that is supposed to make people happy and provide some stress relief, so don’t let the difficulties of searching for a good location take a toll on the enjoyment of it all! Being prepared and knowing what to look for when embarking on your search for a great kids dance studio saves a ton of time and is really important to your dancer in the long run! Hopefully this article helped you brainstorm and as always we love to hear our reader’s opinions! That being said...what are you waiting for?? Let's get dancing in Chicago! 

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Dance, Chicago!

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Jan 3, 2014 11:50:00 AM

To a lot of people, Chicago is one of the greatest city's in America.  With so much to do, things to see, and people to meet, how could you not love it?  What most people don't know or aren't aware of, is that Chicago has some of the best dance shows, programs, and classes out there.  It is home to hidden dance gems throughout the city.  While actually taking the stage and dancing might not be for everyone, there's a dance for everyone.  Let's dance, Chicago!

There's definitely not a lack of dance programs in the city for you to choose from.  While there are a plethura of well-known dance companies, there are some smaller ones that are just as beneficial to dancers and non-dancers.  Some companies offer you the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences, while some are meant for the sole purpose of gaining more knowledge and experience with a particular genre of dance.  Then there are those classes that you go into to move for the whole purpose of moving.  If you love to dance, you need to check out one of Chicago's many dance classes.  Everyone should dance, Chicago!

If you'd rather watch someone else dance, Chicago has many professional and student based dance companies that put on performances throughout the year.  Whether you're interested in ballet, hip hop, jazz, latin, or ballroom there's always something for you to go see.  Some of the Chicago favorites are The Nutcracker Ballet performed by both professional and student groups, spontaneous street Hip Hop performances, or Salsa nightclubs where the professionals show off their moves.  You are always filled with dance, Chicago!

On top of the fact that Chicago has a multitude of dance programs to choose from...the dance festivals are unlimited here.  Summer brings all sorts of dance festivals to the city: Latin, Jazz, Hip Hop, etc.  If you want to be outside listening to great music and dancing, summer in Chicago is where it's at.  You make it hard not to dance, Chicago!

Whether you want to be in the spotlight or watching from your chair, there's so much dance in Chicago that there's something for everyone.  It's just about going out and finding what speaks to you.  Dance is something that makes most people happy and that most people can do or enjoy on a certain level, so if it's out there then you should become a part of it.  So...what are you waiting for??  Let's dance, Chicago! 

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Finding The Best Children's Ballet Classes In Chicago

Posted by Laura Spicuzza on Apr 18, 2013 10:54:00 AM

MTM2NjQ0ODQyMjA0NzAyMzA1.pngI've never been to a studio that told me ballet wasn't important.  Quite the opposite,


 actually.  When I was a young girl growing up, I wanted to be a "jazz" dancer - with the sparkly costume and fingers spread out wide.  What I learned was, to be a great jazz dancer (and any other type of dancer for that matter), you have to have ballet.  It is true in every aspect of dance.  If you carry the understanding, form, and vocabulary of ballet all of dance becomes easier.  There's no better time to start ballet than when you're a young child.  That is why I'm going to help you understand how to find the best children's ballet classes in Chicago.

If your dancer is under 6 years of age, it's structurally impossible for their bodies to fully handle some of the techniques of classical ballet.  That is why most studios offer  pre-ballet or tiny tots classes for children.  Many studios are different, but now-a-days, you can get your dancer in a pre-ballet class as early as 2 years old.  When you're looking for children's ballet classes in Chicago, it's important to look for certain qualities within the program.  Between teaching your child the vocabulary of ballet, learning dance class etiquette, and introducing ballet to a young dancer in a way that makes them love the practice for life...finding these key elements will make your dancer into a beautiful/ handsome ballerina.

describe the imageThe Vocabulary of Ballet:  I often have dancers join me in class after their parents have told me that the dancer has taken ballet for the last year, only to find out that they know none of the vocabulary that corrolates with ballet.  While a tiny tots ballet class should be fun, it should also be instilling the practice of ballet into the young dancer.  Make sure when you're looking for children's ballet classes in Chicago, to ask the studio if you can observe a class prior to signing your dancer up.  If they are having a good time but still learning, that's a great start.

Dance Class Etiquette:  The next thing I look for is how a class is conducted in terms of dance class etiquette.  Are they listening to directions?  Are they being cautious of one another and not constantly bumping in to each other?  Are they kind to their peers and respectful to their teachers?  When you're observing the class, make sure to look for these things in the classroom.  While some chaos can be fun (who doesn't enjoy a round or two of Freeze Dance), the overall class needs to feel structured and be a safe environment for all those in it.

Tkids activitieshe last thing to look for is tiny dancers leaving the room with a smile on their face.  There is plenty of time in life to take things seriously, but sometimes it's just nice to be happy and have a smile on your face.  In children's ballet classes in Chicago, ballerinas should be learning but they shouldn't feel drained or stressed.  Ballet is supposed to be fun and enjoyable!

So there you have it.  The key components to finding the perfect children's ballet classes in Chicago.  In every aspect of dance, ballet plays a part.  Whether it's learning to have grace in tap dancing, perfect technique in jazz, or simply finding the strength that it takes to be a prima ballerina...ballet is essential.  For young kids, the practice of ballet can be used in their every day life so make sure you find the best class for your kiddo. 

The truth is, "dance is the song of the body"...so start making the music.

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The Best Types Of Dance Classes For Kids In Chicago

Posted by Brittany White on Sep 5, 2012 7:11:00 AM

William Edgar Stafford once said, “Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music” and he couldn't be more right.  Dancing is such a natural thing for kids.  They start moving their bodies before anyone tells them that there is a right or wrong way to do so.  Not only does dance help with kids motor skills and coordination, it can also be great for them to build confidence and boost their self-esteem.  There are so many great types of dance classes for kids that help them express themselves.  Here are some of the best types of dance classes for kids in Chicago:

 

Tap & Ballet Combination Classes:
A lot of dance classes for kids in ChicaDSC 0330 2 2go are hour long dance classes that focus on one genre of dance.  If a child is older than 6 years old, those types of classes are great.  If they are younger, an hour dance class focusing on one genre of dance can be a very long hour.  That's why combination classes are great for little ones!   The tap section lets them use their high energy, while the ballet section teaches them grace.

Hip Hop Classes:
Hip Hop is one of the best dance classes for kids in Chicago.  It gives the kids a chance to listen to popular music (should be age appropriate) and let loose.  Hip Hop builds strength and rhythm through fun tricks and dances.  It's the perfect class for kids to move and groove in.

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A general dance class is normally offered at any type of kids creative center or kids gym.  This type of dance class works on motor skills, coordination and rhythm.  They would work on a large spectrum of movement instead of a focused genre.  These classes are fun and good for kids who are just starting to get into dance and great for all ages.

With all these options of dance classes for kids in Chicago, it's in your best interest to see if the studio you choose to take a class in offers a trial class so you can make sure it's a good fit for you and your dancer. Every child loves to dance and should get the chance to truly experience it for themselves.

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