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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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How Dance Classes Benefit Early Development

Posted by Brittany White on Aug 16, 2012 4:27:00 PM

Time and time again, I hear people ask, "Aren't they too young to be dancing?" The truth is, as long as you find age appropriate dance classes, no. The ability to start dancing develops in children before they can even form words! (Click here to see a fun example.) Dance is a primal part of human experience across all cultures and time periods that unites us all no matter our age. The benefits it has on early childhood development is definitely worth understanding. 

Physical Development
Physical development is one of the most obvious benefits dance classes have for children. They are learning a great range of motion, body awareness, balance, muscle strength, coordination, and endurance. Movement patterns require the child to use their entire body to reach a level of fitness that is unparalleled by other activities. Through dance classes, kids begin to understand that the possibilities of movement are endless and fun to explore.

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In dance classes, children have the opportunity to learn in a comfortable social setting. They must take turns, work as a group, cooperate, share, understand space, form lines, watch and support one another, perform, and interact. They learn that communication can occur through immediate and effective movement to express an idea. The group dynamic in dance classes also challenges young ones to respect others as they share and move through space in unison. Many times you will see a very strong bond between dancers because of these efforts no matter how old they are. 

Cognitive Development
At a young age, children understand that movement can be used as a response to an idea or problem. This creates a cognitive link to a solution or outcome. This type of cognitive development creates an awareness of how to function in the world. For example, it is very common in dance classes for children to be taught to leap over a "river" (scarf or mat) so they don't get wet. This idea achieves several different concepts... leg extension, transferring weight, problem solving, imagination, balance, space recognition, etc. The idea is that physical expression or solutions give young ones another way to handle the world while their verbal communication develops. 

Emotional Maturity
Because dancing is also an art form, children are learning how to creatively express their emotions as well. There are endless opportunities to share and be aware of various emotions as students experience one another and themselves through movement. Dance classes provide a structured outlet for a healthy physical and emotional release that helps devolop emotional maturity. 

Scientific research has barely tapped in to the benefits of dance classes for early childhood development. I think we can all agree by saying that they are definitely not harmful. Well, unless you are involved in something like the show, "Dance Moms"... but that's a different blog post. Stay tuned! 

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What age should a child start taking dance classes?

Posted by Brittany White on Nov 11, 2011 1:30:00 AM

This is a common question with an easy answer...it’s really up to you as the parent and what you are looking to get out of the experience for you and/or your child.  EvOLvE Dance offers a Mommy or Daddy & Me class for ages 15 months to a young 2 years that is a parent interactive class.  Is the class structured the same as our ballet classes or does the teacher have the same expectations?  Of course not, but it is a great class for a little one to start developing coordination, social skills, understanding the connection of music to movement, and a bonding experience between the child and parent.  The class is designed to be a general movement and music class to hopefully start developing a love of dance.  

What if your child is younger or older than those defined ages?  Every child’s development is different so slightly younger or older students are fine if the parent has different expectations when going into the class.  For example, a 12-month old can enjoy and benefit from the class but won’t be able to physically do everything in the class...and that is okay!  These types of classes should have a more general and relaxed format to accommodate the various ages in the class. Students who are 2 years, or by age definition, eligible for the older class are still welcome to take the Mommy or Daddy & Me class if the parent feels the child is not ready to move up or if the parent is just looking for that special experience with their child.

I know many studios say 3 years is the average age to start a student in dance class.  I agree if you are looking to start a traditionally structured ballet, tap, or hip hop class.  But if you are looking for a class that simply introduces movement, music, and fun...start them early!  Get them dancing!  Dancers looking to study the more technical side of dance in a more serious, structured class usually begin this path around the age of 6.  Their attention spans usually enable them to take an entire hour of one style of dance compared to combo classes.  

With that said, a lot of parents ask is it too late for my child to start dancing?  A simple answer:  no, it’s never too late.  Dance is an universal love that all ages can experience.  :)

Brittany White - EvOLvE Dance Director

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