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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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Back to School Mood Chart

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on Aug 18, 2017 6:17:59 PM

Summer is winding down and it is officially the “back to school season.” This time of year is always a whirlwind of emotions for parents and for kids. So we have created a Back to School Mood Chart so that you can pinpoint what exactly you are feeling and why!

Sadness

It is a sad moment that summer is ending. Days of camp, free play and warm weather are ending and it is natural to feel a little sad! Also a new school year means that your kids are getting older which sometimes is a little sad as well! It always seems too soon to say goodbye to your little ones, even though they will be your little ones forever no matter how big they get.

 

Happiness

Summer was wonderful. Full of family time, relaxing days and good memories! Now you are happy to continue on making memories during the new school year! It’s a new chapter in your and your kid’s lives but you are happy to see what good times it brings!

 

Joy

As summer ends that means finally your kidsare back at school! Finally time to just relax, or do all those little things around the house that you haven’t been able to do because your kids have been home! Or if you are a working parent finally you have a set schedule and do not have to pay for childcare anymore! It’s a joyous occasion! Celebrate!

 

Dread

Early mornings, packed lunches, shopping trips, homework sessions, and classroom drama (might) lie ahead. There are plenty of things about back to school and school that are not so fun and it is understandable to have a good amount of dread.

 

Anger

Maybe summer went by in a flash and many of your plans did not pan out and your to-do list is longer than ever. Or maybe the thought of spending a large chunk of change on back to school shopping trips is making your blood boil! There are many completely valid reasons to be angry during this time of the year.

 

Surprise

Summer is over already? Is it really time to go back to school? Time seems to be moving increasingly faster with every year so it is completely normal to be caught by surprise by September! Wasn’t just yesterday the last day of school?

 

Anxiety

Will they like their teacher? Will they have friends in their classes? Will they be able to handle the homework and new material? During this time of the year there is a lot of changes and newness in the near future, which can cause worry for both kids and parents. Just always assure yourself that you will make it through. Do not let being worried get the best of you!

 

Anticipation

With all these changes, it is normal to feel a sense of anticipation. With great new back to school activities, new friends, learning new things, and many more new experiences ahead it is wonderful to feel anticipation about the new school year!

 

Excitement

Along with the anxiety and worry that these changes can cause they can also cause excitement! A new year is exciting because of all these changes and the chance for wonderful new experiences! Not only at school but new after-school activities as well. This is a great time of year to try new after school activities! For example dance, music, sports, art are great new back to school activities for kids. Dance to EvOLvE is a great back to school activity for San Diego and Chicago kids.

 

During this time it is important to focus on the positive aspects of the back to school season including the chances to try new things and have a fresh start! New activities such as dance classes are a great part of a new school year so check out our fall class schedules:

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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: https://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!

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: https://www.dancetoevolve.com/san-diego/summer-dance-camps

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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Dance Party & Birthday Ideas for Kids

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on May 10, 2017 6:30:01 PM

Parties are always a special time for kids, and if you’re anything like me, ensuring all kids' dance parties or birthday shindigs are perfectly planned out is priority number 1 when it comes to the little ones. However, sometimes a dash of inspiration is needed to make sure your parties aren’t a complete flop. 

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There are a plethora of different ways to create the best birthday or kids dance party you and your family will remember for years and we have some great ideas you can use for your next party.

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If you love the thought of a themed party but can’t seem to get the formula right to pull one off, Dance To EvOLvE hosts dance parties for kids that you can tap in to! Our San Diego location has many different themes, but don’t worry Chicago parents, we’re not leaving you in the cold! Dance To EvOLvE also has great birthday party ideas for kids in Chicago that you’re more than welcome to check out here. We cater to any and all children, so finding a theme that best suits your child will be a piece of cake with us. Do they have lots of energy almost 24/7? Are they into dressing up and wearing costumes? Here at Dance To EvOLvE, we make it a priority to ensure your child has the best time having the most fun with us. Does your child like to play the hero and save the day? Then our Superhero Party would be the perfect fit. Maybe they like to use props and obstacle courses. Then our Kids on the Move Party will sure to keep your child up and moving while also having loads of fun. The possibilities are endless! One thing is for sure. Dance to EvOLve definitely knows how to throw an awesome dance party for kids!

First things first. The question we all run into when planning a party is “where do I start?”

 That’s easy! Start by choosing a theme best suited for your kid. There are a lot of great dance party ideas for birthdays you can incorporate that will be a sure hit for your child and their friends. Do you need some inspiration? Dance to EvOLvE hosts parties that we know you'll love. We have a great selection of themes of any birthday party ideas for kids in San Diego you can find here. However, if you’re more of a DIY individual, then here are a few ideas you can use for your kid’s next birthday:

Arts and Crafts Party

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 Throwing an arts and crafts birthday party where kids can make their own crafts is a great way to keep their creativity sharp while also giving them time to socialize with their peers. Arts and crafts are so versatile, it can really range from small scale projects to big ones as well. It's one of the many great ideas, especially for birthday party ideas for kids in Chicago when the weather may not be great for outdoor parties. You can create different stations that kids can visit and participate in. It’s an awesome and inexpensive way to keep their imagination flowing and also gives parents more art work from their very own child for safekeeping. 

 Movie Night Party

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If you’re hosting a birthday party, but want something parents can also enjoy as well, movie nights parties are great options. If you're on the west coast, birthday party ideas for kids in San Diego definitely needs to take advantage of the nearly perfect nights we have. Have your child choose their favorite movie and have a large screening of it for his/her friends and family. You can create a concession section filled with movie theatre candies and LOTS AND LOTS of popcorn. Not only will the kids enjoy being outdoors under the stars, but parents also can enjoy a night out with their kid.

Neon Party

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Who doesn’t love anything glow in the dark? Throwing a Neon birthday party is a fun theme for any child that will leave them in awe. A neon theme is a perfect dance party for kids, but you don’t have to end it at just wearing neon and bright clothes. Let the kids have some fun with glow in the dark paint and let their creativity soar. You can even use mini glow sticks as party favors, get some funky tunes playing, and start a neon dance party that will sure to leave everybody talking about it for days.

Whether you're looking for birthday party ideas in Chicago or San Diego, Dance to EvOLvE has got you covered. At the end of the day, all that matters is your child is having fun, whether it means throwing a Superhero Birthday Party or hosting a Royalty of Fairyland Party. We want to make sure kids are having fun and with the dozens of themes we have and your personal creativity, there’s no doubt your child will have the time of their lives during their next party.

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Where to Find Dance Classes for Kids Around North County San Diego

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on Mar 4, 2015 12:30:50 PM

San Diego's North County is a vast, expansive region known for its natural beauty and diverse terrain. It is comprised of a collection of unique communities, from the gorgeous beachfront views in Del Mar to the lush mountains of Escondido and Carmel Mountain to scenic Rancho Bernardo. Other communities in this region include Miramar, Carlsbad, Fallbrook and Palomar Mountain.

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If you live around these areas and your kiddo is constantly turning your living room into a dance hall, maybe it’s time for you to search for North County dance classes for kids! Dance To EvOLvE offers dance classes at multiple convenient locations throughout North County San Diego. This means that you can get the best of EvOLvE without driving all around San Diego for your child’s dance classes.

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Our kids dance classes at Carmel Mountain  should be the first site to check out if you live in the community around Poway, Sabre Springs, Rancho Penasquitos, Black Mountain Ranch, or Ranch Bernardo. The classes are held in Carmel Mountain/Sabre Springs recreation center and are really close to some elementary schools such as Highland Ranch Elementary, Shoal Creek Elementary and Creekside Elementary. The neighborhood Carmel Mountain Ranch, or CMR, is home to fun Christmas events, “CMR Olympics” and the Christmas light show "Holiday Magic at Fairway Village". In 2015, EvOLvE offers an 8-week winter session dance classes for kids as young as 24 months at CMR center, including Tiny Movers classes, a dance class of ballet with tumbling and dance games. Here is an excerpt of feedback from a parent of a Tiny Mover Dancer at Carmel Mountain: “my daughter has really been enjoying her ballet/tumble dance class with the other children and looks forward to it every week! We are happy to be participants in the program!"

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4S Ranch is another place to consider for your kid’s North County dance classes. If you live around 4S Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Sante Fe, Black Mountain Ranch, Carmel Mountain, Rancho Peñasquitos, or if your children go to Stone Ranch Elementary School, Monterey Ridge Elementary School or Del Sur Elementary School, chances are high that you are not far away from our 4S Ranch classes in Kids Ventures! It is only a few minute drives from Ranch County Library, 4S Heritage park, 4S Ranch Community Park, or 4S Ranch Sports Park, where you probably have taken your kids for family outing. EvOLvE at 4S Ranch  offers both affordable weekly dance classes and 12-week winter semester dance classes with a diversity of choices from ballet/tap combination classes to hip hop classes for all age groups. Moreover, we let you take a trial class before registering to ensure it is the right fit for you and your dancer.

3. Rancho Bernardo

Rancho Bernado is a community in the northern hills of San Diego just south of Lake Hodges and the San Pasqual Valley and is on the top list of where to find North County dance classes for kids as well. If you live in Rancho Bernado or near 4S Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Poway and Escondido, definitely check out our dance classes for kids located at the Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center. Here, you can find ballet/tap dancing combination classes designed for a wide range of dancers, from 2-year-old toddlers, to 5-year-old preschoolers. This is how a parent comments on our North County dance classes for kids in Rancho Bernardo: "Thanks so much for all your hard work and going the extra mile. My daughter absolutely loves your Dance To EvOLvE lessons and it has helped her self esteem to see that she has some natural talent as a dancer." Sign up for Rancho Bernardo kids dance classes and experience the growth of little dancers like she did!

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There are so many opportunities for kids to explore the dancing fun in San Diego’s North County. And it will be a bonus for parents if it comes with less car time. To select children’s dance classes based on where you live or where your kids go to school will save you time on driving and money on gas. Dance To EvOLvE offers dance classes in various locations all over North County including Carmel Mountain, 4S Ranch and Rancho Bernardo. Visit our website for more information about where we offer our North County dance classes  and feel free to turn on Google maps to calculate the driving time!

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How to prepare your kids for the first class at a kids dance school?

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on Dec 26, 2014 4:05:00 PM

The first day of class at a kids dance school is definitely something to get excited about! Yet it can be a bit daunting to the little dancers (and their parents). Of course, for children to go somewhere new and stay with people they have never met before can seem pretty scary, and somewhat challenging. But no worries, there are also things you can do beforehand to make that first day a successful one. The secret is in the planning! Use the list below to help you with any details you might have overlooked in planning for your kids’ first day at dance school.

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Wearing the right dance attire will enhance your little one’s first kids dance class experience. It will make them feel like dancers! First, look at what your studio requires for dress code through its website or supporting staff. Although some may have a more formal and restricted dress code, our kids dance school offers a flexible dress code with no specific outfits required. Also, choose dance attire and shoes based on your child’s class type and dance style. For example, leotards, tutus, tights and ballet slippers are great choices for ballet classes, while for kids hip hop classes, clothes that your child can easily move in and sneakers with laces are strongly encouraged. You can see our detailed dress code suggestions on the our website. If you are ready to make a clothing or shoe purchase, receive 10% off your first order with discountdance.com by using Dance To EvOLvE's code TP35961. Stores such as Target, Payless, and sometimes Walmart are also great go-to destinations for affordable dance attire and shoes, just be aware that their inventory is not as constant or reliable. Last but not least, make certain that both clothes and shoes are the correct size for your little dancers as well.  Shoes should be a little bigger than your child’s foot, but not so big that the ballet slippers are sagging, or they are tripping over their own toes!

 

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Taking the time to talk to your children about what to expect on their first day of kids dance school can be very beneficial in helping a new student feel comfortable in class. Let them know what to expect and this will avoid that awkward moment when a new student does not know how to behave. Showing your child some videos of our dance classes on Youtube can be helpful, especially those of his/her class type. They'll feel a lot better about facing that first day of dance class if they become familiar with some dance moves and activities they may do, such as the game of rhythm in Hip Hop classes from our San Diego kids dance school. Moreover, these videos will give them an idea that they will be sharing the same space with other children, following a dance teacher’s instruction and doing those dance moves together. In this way, they are much less likely to be intimidated at the first dance class by seeing so many new faces. Another way to prepare for little dancers’ debut in kids dance school is to tour the classroom before class starts. Simply arrive early to familiarize you and your child with the facility and studio so your child will have chance to get comfortable.Lastly, a visit to the dance school’s website is always helpful, as it provides valuable information about the school and community, as well as insight into what's expected of students.

 

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At the end of the day, encouragement from parents is the best tool to comfort your little dancers and greatly reduce their anxiety for their first day in kids dance school, especially for “big girl or boys” dance classes where parents won’t go into the classroom. The key is to talk about the class beforehand in a fun light-hearted manner to ease some of those nerves. You can ask your children about their feelings-- both the excitement and the concerns-- about starting dance classes and point out the positive aspects of it, such as how fun it will be making new friends and learning new games together. Meanwhile, reassure your child that if any problems arise, you will be there to help resolve them. It can also be a good idea to make some fun plans after the dance lesson as a reward for the child completing their first day of dance class, such as going to the park or getting ice cream. However, while it is important to talk with your kids enthusiastically about dance school, be careful to not overdo or force it.

Dancing is such a great form of socialization, exercise, muscle development and confidence building for children.  There are so many benefits to be gained from a dance school for kids, and parents can play a very important role in the amount of interest a child takes in dance.  The more prepared you are, the less nervous your little ones will get. If you have done the three things in this list, we ensure that your child will have an excellent chance at being comfortable and fully engaged in their first dance class! 

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How Kids Dance Schools Benefit Early Development of Little Dancers

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on Dec 7, 2014 9:47:00 PM

Time and time again, parents always ask us, “It is beneficial for toddlers and young kids go to kids dance school? Aren't they too young to be dancing?" The truth is, the ability to start dancing is innate and primal, developing in children before they can even form words! And dance is a powerful tool for developing physical, emotional, social and cognitive attributes of a growing child. Our kids dance school designs dance classes to make it age appropriate for children as young as 14 months. Participating in kids dance classes and exploring their innate ability have numerous benefits on early childhood development. These benefits of partaking in kids dance classes ranges from increasing their amount of daily exercise to making new little friends with shared interests.

kids dance schoolPhysical 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. At kids dance schools, little dancers begin to understand that the possibilities of movement are endless and fun to explore.

Social Awareness

At kids dance schools, 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. The group dynamic at a child's dance class challenges young ones to understand themselves in relation to others and to respect others as they share and move through space in unison. They also learn how to communicate, listen and express ideas with people other than their parents. For example, at kids dance school, little dancers start to pay attention to when it is and is not appropriate to talk in class. Taking classes at a dance school for children also helps to reduce anxiety about new people and places as children learn the social skills required to initiate relationships with other children their age.

Cognitive Developmentbenefits of dancing for kids

Through experiences in dance school, children understand that movement can be used as a response to an idea or problem at a young age. 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 EvOLvE 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.

kids dance schoolEmotional Maturity

Kids dance school provides a structured outlet for a healthy physical and emotional release that helps develop emotional maturity of the little ones. There are endless opportunities for little dancers to experience and share various emotions through dance moves. Dancing not only helps them achieve the ability to creatively express their emotions, but also increases their self-esteem and confidence. Take EvOLvE annual recital for instance. At first some dancers may be intimidated or too shy to perform in front of an audience. However, through practices and dance classes, dancing helps them to get more and more comfortable with their own body and abilities, thus alleviate their fear of performing in public.

Therefore, as long as kids dance schools design kids and toddler dance classes in an age-appropriate way, it can maximize benefits on early childhood development. Taking dance classes allows young children to be more physically active, more comfortable in socializing with their peers, and encourage cognitive development. If you have a very young toddler and would like to start slow, try our You&Me: Parents/Toddler interactive class first and see how your little ones handle it. We know that taking the first step can be the hardest, but we guarantee that both you and your little dancers will be thankful for your choice later!

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Family Day and Dance Classes In Evanston, 4S Ranch and Fremont

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on Dec 1, 2014 11:06:00 PM

Family activity opportunities are everywhere! No matter where you live in, there is always a kid-friendly or family-friendly side of that city. This year, we are introducing our kids dance school to new locations in three different cities: Evanston, Chicago; 4S Ranch, San Diego; and Fremont in Seattle! Dance classes in Fremont and Evanston will be open in January 2015. All of these areas offer entertainment for kids that fosters learning and fun. Read on to explore the vibrant and exciting activities your family can do either before your child's dance class or afterward.

1. Evanston

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Evanston is a special and diverse city in Chicago with its historic neighborhood, bustling downtown
 and Lake Michigan. Along with these attractions, our kids dance classes in Evanston are located at the center of the city, which is accessible and close to everything in Evanston. A 10-minute drive will take you to the Evanston Farmers Markets in Ecology Center, which is a great place for your family to have some fresh, affordable and locally grown food after the little dancer’s morning dance classes. Similarly close to our dance class is Evanston Public Library. If you want to boost your children’s learning potential and would like your kids to be exposed to the merits of reading, this is definitely the place to take them after classes. It offers special programs and story hours for preschool age children at least 20 months old. If you are up for a longer drive, Up to 30 minutes, the Chicago Children's Theater is a great option. The fun and inspiration that it passes to little dancers is worth the visit. This theater, geared towards kids as the name suggests, is devoted not only to delivering visually stunning children’s shows but to educational programs for young performers as well. It is a good opportunity to show your kids where they can apply the dance techniques they learn in class in Evanston.

2. 4S Ranch/Rancho Bernardo:

Kids dance class in 4S Ranch4S Ranch and Rancho Bernardo are lively communities with endless opportunities for sports with so many public parks and playgrounds, and active youth sport community organizations. We hold our kids dance class in 4S Ranch at Kid Ventures, the neighborhood play center with creative play facilities aiming to help nurture your child’s imagination and creativity. Here your children can play different roles and explore different skills in various scenarios in its play village such as theater, nursery, pirate ship, etc. When your kids are done with dance class in 4S Ranch, just take them out of the classroom and Kid Ventures is right there. Warning: the kids may have so much fun they won't want to leave when it’s time to go home! Another great spot in 4S Ranch for family activities is the 4S Heritage Park. It has two play structures, one of which is designed for smaller children and a basketball court for Dads and their friends. There is also large grassy field for all types of sports where your dancers can practice some new dance moves they just learned in class. Only 3 minutes away from our 4S Ranch kids dance studio, this public park is perfect for a family gathering, a walk with the dog, or a casual stroll. while waiting for your kids taking their dance classes.

3. Fremont:

Our new dance classes in Seattle is located at Fremont Health Club. Fremont, isKids Dance Class Frement known for its unique, quirky and artistic atmosphere. For families who would like to try biking with your little ones after their dance classes, head to Gilman Bike Trail. There are a couple of places to rent bikes that are designed to carry little bikers at the back and offer helmets for kids as well. It’s all relatively flat so it’s good for kids or parents pulling a trailer. Gas Works Park is the public park near our dance school where you can go right after class for family activities. It is an ideal spot in Fremont for kite flying with kids, watching the sun set across the lake and just chilling out after the children have spent all their energy during dance classes.

We all do our best to encourage family bonding time with our kids rather than plugging them in to the TV, smart phones or iPad (however tempting that might be). It is such a wonderful bonus to be able to have that enriching time with the kids in such a convenient location to their dance classes. Dance classes in Evanston, 4S Ranch and Fremont are surrounded by many amazing family friendly attractions as listed above. Check them out after picking up your kids from dance classes and enjoy the family fun!

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Four Things to Look For in Kids Dance Schools For Your Young Dancer

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on Nov 26, 2014 3:34:00 PM

If your children are interested in taking dance lessons, your choice of kids dance school is crucial to your little ones’ future learning experience. What and how a dance studio teaches will have an impact on young kids’ physical and emotional development, especially if it is their first dance class ever. Yet it can be overwhelming and time-consuming to search for the right one. There are so many factors to take into consideration: instructors, dance styles, facility, proximity, etc. No worries, we’ve got your back! Here is our advice of 4 main things to look for in kids dance schools for your young dancers.

1. Specialization in your child’s age

kids dance schoolSelecting an age-appropriate dance school for your little ones could not be more important. It will not only improve learning effectiveness but also avoids physical damage from doing dance moves that their bodies cannot handle. Dance To EvOLvE is a San Diego-based kids dance school specialized in teaching toddlers and kids from 2-6 years old, thus all of our kids dance classes are oriented towards children in this age range. Our dance instructors are experts in both dancing and teaching. They are knowledgeable in teaching proper dance techniques for young children, and experienced in communicating effectively with them. So always look for a kids dance school that is dedicated to little dancers of your child’s age. 

2. Specialization in the type of dance that kids enjoy the most

Ask your kids what type of dance they would love to try and pick the dance school thatdifferent dance style in kids dance school is specialized in this style. Beforehand, you can show them some videos online to give them an idea what each dance style is like. Dance studios that are specialized in your kids’ favorite type of dance will maximize their dancing experience through quality teachers and professional skills. For example, EvOLvE is focused on a variety of dance styles for children for over 4 years. Each teacher is carefully selected by his/her experience, passion, and professionalism in certain dance. No matter if it is ballet, tap dancing, hip hop, salsa or jazz that your children are interested in, you can always find a class here presented by our talented teacher crew.

3. Core value on the little ones

kidx dance schoolAll kids dance schools are not necessarily alike, even when they offer the same dance classes. It is the core values of a dance school that makes a difference. Different dance schools have different beliefs, guiding principles and attitude towards details of dance classes, such as how little dancers should behave in class, or what the atmosphere of dance classes should be like. Parents are able to find out about a school’s value in multiple ways, by going through its website, by talking to its teachers or by visiting one of their dance classes. Always choose dance schools that put your child’s feeling and growth as priority. Our dance school emphasizes letting young kids have fun while dancing, and allowing them to learn though laughter in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We encourage little dancers to participate in our classes in an active, engaging and creative way with limited downtime, because we believe that they improve faster with a smile and a giggle.

4. Location

Last but not least, location plays a key role in parents deciding on the right kids dance school as well.kids dance school Needless to say how inconvenient it is to commute during rush hour, it would be even more annoying if it happens to be dangerous weather (rain, sleet, snow anyone?) and you have to drive across half of the city to drop your little dancers off. Therefore, make sure that the dance school you pick is in accessible, convenient area, ideally close to your work or home. Dance To EvOLvE is a mobile dance school with multiple locations. Our classes are available in many areas throughout San Diego, Chicago and Seattle, so parents have a variety of options to choose from when deciding where they would like their kids to take dance classes.

In a nutshell, there are 4 things to keep in mind while selecting the best kids dance school for your new little dancers: it has to be age appropriate, specialized in the dance style your child wants to learn, focused on little dancer’s development, and located in a convenient area. We know that finding the right kids dance school can be tricky, but it will be all worth it when you peek into the studio and see your little one twirling to the music or "breaking it down" with all the enthusiasm their little bodies possess.

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What makes a good dance teacher in a kids dance school?

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on Nov 22, 2014 8:57:00 AM

There is a real difference between being a good dancer, a good dance teacher and a good kids dance teacher. Too often, people think that because some are good competitive dancers, they will be good teachers or even good kids dance teachers as well. That is not necessarily the case. Little do they know that dancing is one skill, teaching kids how to dance is another. Young kids and toddlers are not like average adults who can understand most of the things that teachers convey, or express what they feel towards the content they are learning. To successfully teach children dancing, dance teachers in every kids dance school has to develop their own methods of catching little dancers’ attention, delivering their skills effectively, taking good care of each students and so on. Obviously the criteria for a good teacher will depend on the kids dance school’s philosophy and age group that they are teaching. But in general, here are some key qualities that are imperative to any kids dance teachers and are also what we look for when hiring and mentoring our Dance To EvOLvE teachers.

teachers of kids dance schoolProfessionalism: Kids dance school teachers need to be able to answer parents’ questions and communicate important information. They need to be reliable to be at class consistently and to be on time. 

Knowledgable About Dance Development: The instructors in childrens dance schools need to know when students are ready to advance. It is crucial that they do not teach above the student’s age or level if their muscles and strength are not ready. Different levels of expectation should be applied to different ages of little dancers. For example, for our Magical Munchkins tap dancing class for 2-years-old toddlers, teachers would expect just the movement of legs and feet from them. However, if it were Start Shiners tap dancing class for 5 years old, the teachers would require the little ones to actually make the sound from dance moves.

Truly Passionate: Teaching in a kids dance school should be a true delight for the instructors. Great teachers enjoy the art of teaching dance, and enjoy being in the studio as a teacher watching their students grow. Their enthusiasm towards dance and teaching is contagious and will definitely affect and shape the little dancers’ attitude in dancing as well. Plus, teachers must truly love this age group, no faking it with a 3-year old. 

Good Class Management: One of the biggest characteristics of great dance teachers that wekids dance teacher kids dance school see missing in a lot of great dancers is the ability to manage a class. The little dancers need to stay engaged and focused in a way that makes class fun while keeping them safe. Class management is imperative to a successful, efficient and productive class in a dance school for children. This is an acquired skill and should definitely be continually watched so the teacher can improve.

Good Preparation: A unique thing that our kids dance school’s teachers are required to do in order to maintain high quality classes is a lesson plan to ensure that teachers are not just ‘winging’ it week to week. All our teachers, for all ages and levels, also must complete teacher shadowing and a teacher development workshop once a year. Teachers can learn so much from each other and it is important to watch others to keep those creative juices flowing.

kids dance school kids dance teacherEvery kids dance school has different sets of criteria about choosing teaching staff. The teachers are what differentiate or ‘make’ a kids dance school. Dance To EvOLvE has some of the best teachers around but they are all different and have different teaching methods. Some teachers are higher energy and louder and some have a much calmer quality to them. Neither of these types is better than the other, but just different and can have different effects on your little dancer. Thus it is also important to find out who is the right teacher for your little dancers. The first thing parents should do is to visit the website of the kids dance school they select and look at the description of its dance teachers. Pay attention to their education background, dance experience and personality, which is revealed in the way they introduce themselves. Besides reading the introduction of teachers, parents can also try visiting a kids dance teacher’s class and watch to see if the class seems organized and well run or if the little ones have enough time dancing and taking breaks. Talking to teachers directly after class will be helpful too. Prepare specific questions about little ones such as what the teachers will do if their children are not following instructions. 

Overall, picking the right dance teacher for your child is essential to the kind of dance experience your little ones will have in the future. A great, skillful teacher with the qualities mentioned above will guide the little dancers to develop the same passion towards dance he or she has already discovered.

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