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Dance Classes in Encinitas and Logan Square

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Sep 19, 2014 2:19:00 PM

Dance class opportunities are everywhere! No matter where you are, there is always a chance to move and groove to the music whether it is in your living room or in a studio. A couple of our favorite locations are Encinitas dance classes in San Diego and Logan Square dance classes in Chicago. These areas offer kid friendly entertainment as well as vibrant and exciting opportunities to get your toddler up on their feet. Read on to explore the endless dancing opportunities as well as all the fun activities for you and your kid.

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North County is sometimes overlooked due to not being at the heart of San Diego, but that does not mean it isn’t an excellent option for dancing and attractions. Why not check out the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad with your little one or have a blast with the new added features at Legoland.  Another attraction to North County is the dancing features.  Check out Encinitas dance classes as well as Carlsbad dance classes. Your child can have a blast dancing to the music they learned how to make at the Museum of Making Music.

Logan Square Chicago

Logan Square is full of some amazing features as well as vibrant dancing opportunities for your child. Catch a movie at Logan theater where you can find kids movies for only one dollar Tuesday's and Wednesday's at 10am. You can also eat locally at the Logan Square farmer's market every Sunday up until October 26th with live music and all sorts of organic food.  Lastly, catch one of the many kid friendly festivals going on during the Summer time. Along with these attractions comes the opportunity to let loose and dance to the music at local dance studios around the area. Take a dance class in Logan Square in the morning, then eat lunch and practice some new dance moves at your local farmer's market in the afternoon.  children dance classes

Dancing can be done anywhere. However, it is an added bonus when dancing can be done in areas with numerous other attractions to keep your little one active and learning. Mix kids dance classes with some of these amazing attractions and your superstar is sure to have a blast. 

We hope you found this information helpful! If you would like more information on Dance to EvOLvE classes, visit our San Diego Facebook page or our Chicago Facebook page.

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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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Dancing In Chicago!

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Feb 11, 2014 8:58:00 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.  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.  

Dance, Chicago!

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!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 get dancing in Chicago!

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3 Things To look For When Choosing A Dance Studio in Chicago

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Feb 7, 2014 6:28:00 PM

Choosing a dance studio in Chicago for your little dancer can be overwhelming as there are so many things to consider. Not to worry parents! Here are three key points you should look for when deciding where to start your child’s journey in dance.

1) AGE APPROPRIATE: One of the most important things to consider when searching for a dance studio in Chicago for your little dancer is a dance studio that specializes in the age of your child...especially if you have little dancer. Dance classes should always be age appropriate in levelkiddanceclass of skill. After all you wouldn’t want your little dancer dancing to Gangnam Style in their tap class! All dance studios offer tiny tot classes but many really focus on the advanced dance classes.  We suggest that if you have a young dancer, a studio that has great tiny tot dance classes would be an ideal fit as it is a completely different skill set of a teacher who can teach advanced classes versus engaging a tiny tot.  So always be on the look out for those dance studios who truly dedicate their dance classes to having age appropriate classes and dance studios that just have a true love for children.

2) PROFESSIONAL: Wherever the dance classes take place, whether it be in a recreational room or on a beautiful dance stage… professionalism is the outer face of the business.  Now you might be asking yourself, well what makes a good professional first impression?  Just think of what you wouldn’t want your little dancer dancing in or around.  A dance class could be on a beautiful stage in downtown Chicago, but if the floor looks like it hasn’t been mopped in a few months and there are hazardous things surround the stage, probably not the best dance studio for your dancer.  Also look at what kind of props the teacher uses with children during dance class.  Do they have their own “color” to stand on? Do they get little things to hold onto to make them feel special? Do they get little goodbye stickers and hugs?  Once again, depending on the age and level of the dancer, it depends on what you need to look for.  Advanced classes require special floors while younger classes may not require the specific floor or room but does require a great teacher who uses props to engage their dancers.  Overall, you can tell a lot about the dance studio on how they present themselves and how they interact with the dancers during the class.  

3) NURTURING: One last thing to keep in mind when searching for a dance studio in Chicago, is a class full of dance technique and laughter.  Your dancer might be too young to be in a strict ballet class. On the other side a class full of laughter, fun and games can be interesting to your danceclassforkidsdancer, but may not have all of the age appropriate discipline you as a parent were looking for.  That’s why you want to find a dance studio that provides a dance class that has the combination of both dance technique and laughter.  Children learn from laughter and should be used as tool for the dancer’s to progress.  Not every dance studio may have this type of dance class, but when you find one that does… you know that dance studio is a keeper!

Selecting the best age-appropriate, presentable, and engaging dance studio in Chicago is no easy task. However, if you look in the right places and keep all these tips in mind, it's definitely possible. I hope this short guide to fidning a dance studio in Chicago for your little new dancer helped. Stay tuned for more of our blogs!

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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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5 Things To Look For When Finding Chicago Dance Classes

Posted by Brittany White on Aug 7, 2012 3:52:00 PM

Whether you're a toddler who is just starting to grasp the idea of dance or you are a veteran dancer who wants to continue with the practice of dance...finding Chicago dance classes can be hard!  There are a lot of things to look for and a lot that we forget to look for.  Here are some tools to help you find the Chicago dance class that's right for you!Chicago dance class

Location!  No one wants to drive or take public transportation to a studio that's nowhere near you.  You want to be able to find a class that is closeby and convenient.  When you're searching for classes, do a search by your zip code instead of just a general Chicago search.  This will help to narrow down the hundreds of Chicago dance classes offered throughout the city.

Class Type!  While a lot of people simply want to take a class that they have never taken, many will have a specific dance class in mind.  If you are looking for a specific class, you need to make sure that the studio you are researching offers it.  Don't waste your time trying out a studio that doesn't offer what you want.  You need to find the Chicago dance class that's good for you.

Class Schedule!  Every studio has a set class schedule.  The most frustrating thing can be to find a studio that is nearby you that only offers the class you want while you're at work...no help at all!  Always look over the studio's class schedule before committing.

Teachers!  Teachers make or break a class.  When it comes to younger children, a bubbly, trained, experienced instructor is always great!  For more adult classes, make sure that the teacher has credibility and experience working with adults.  Adults need to be aware of injuries and no one wants to be injured because the teacher was inexperienced.

Customer Service!  Some studios have a front desk staff while others are managed by one person or use a 3rd party vendors space.  Whatever the situation is, the customer service should always be great.  The studio should be communicative and helpful.  If you call a studio and they don't know half of the answers to your questions, more than likely that is not the Chicago dance class location for you.

Finding a Chicago dance class that suits your needs can be like finding a needle in a haystack if you're unaware of what to look for.  Take the time to pick a class that is good for you.  Don't be intimidated...you deserve to have the best class possible!

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A Starting Guide On How To Choose Dance Classes In Chicago

Posted by Brittany White on Jul 27, 2012 2:53:00 PM

The "Windy City" is the ideal place for dance for our sometimes harsh weather.  Not only is it home to great professional dance companies...it has so many options for all genres of dance and all ages.  To pick dance classes in Chicago, you need to know what you're looking for, how to look for it, and how to begin.

What style of dance classes in Chicago are you looking for?  Many Chicago studios offer ballet, hip hop, children's dance classes, salsa, ballroom dancing, and much more!  Once you know what type of dance you are interested in, the search for dance classes in Chicago becomes mdance classes in chicagouch easier!  If you are not sure what style of dance you are intersted in, see if the studio offers a trial class or at least go and watch a class.  It would always be recommended to start at a beginner level class so that you do not become overwelmed and frustrated.  Dance is a learned skill like anything else and it takes some time to get the general feel of it.

With your dance genre picked out, you can now begin to pick and choose which classes you want to take.  Many studios offer drop-in classes.  These classes allow you to pay for one class so you can try it out before committing to a package or monthly fee.  Make sure to try a couple different studios before settling.  There's so many options for dance classes in Chicago...make sure you find the best fit for you.

Once you've found a class that you love, the rest of it is easy.  Simply ask your instructor what they will expect from you each class (ex.: wearing certain shoes, bringing a water bottle to class, etc.).  Instructors who teach dance classes in Chicago are happy to answer any questions you have, so always ask.  Of course this information is often on the website too.

You're on your way to enjoying dance...what could possibly be better than that?

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