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Hip Hop Camps for Boys & Girls this Summer

Posted by Helen McCarthy on Jun 9, 2017 4:59:34 PM

Hip hop is a style that has been rapidly growing in popularity, and now competes with the leading dance styles. But what is hip hop? After learning a little about the rich history of this unique dance form, you might see the large impact that this piece of the the dance world has! Who knows, you might even think about enrolling you child in one of Dance to EvOLvE’s awesome Hip Hop Summer Camps in San Diego and Chicago!  

This relatively new American dance style debuted in the late 1960’s with the advent of hip hop music. The craze spread in the 70’s with the rise of professional street crews, who were not conventionally trained dancers. Complex rhythms of hip hop music combined with the down-to-earth style of traditional African dancing inspired the creation of many disdinct genres of the dance style, with the most prominent being breaking, locking, and popping. While all these techniques are different, they share their roots in street dancing and the improv style.

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Interestingly enough, hip hop styles evolved differently on the different coasts. The East Coast is said to be the real start start of hip hop, and best known for the style of breaking. In contrast, the West was later to adopt the style and better known for artists being more robotic with their movements. Something that both of these coasts had in common was the formal and informal competitions that kept this style of dance unique and thriving in the 1980’s. At these competitions dancers pushed themselves to their creative limit to show off their own personalized technique and tricks.

In the next decade hip hop started to break into the mainstream fad dances. Moves such as the running man, the worm, and the cabbage patch were very popular in the 90’s and coincided with revamped hip hop music culture. People who were not “hip hop dancers” started to learn these moves, and in doing so, propelled the status of the dance further into popular culture. 

Moving into the 21st century, the hip hop style remains in the forefront of the dance scene. As the style continues to evolve dancers are constantly upping the ante as hip hop has become a mainstay in popular culture. It has come a long way from its beginnings as a street style, as it is now practiced on stage and taught in many dance schools. Hip hop is a popular style of choice for performances and music videos for recording artists, and it is not hard to see why. Unlike some other more traditionally structured styles, hip hop allows dancers endless opportunities to explore fast paced, fun moves movement in his or her unique way.

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Now, after learning about the rich history of this unique dance style are you thinking that hip hop classes for boys and girls are something that your dancer might like? You’re in luck! At Dance to EvOLvE we love offering hip hop classes to our young dancers. And, we are even more excited to devote an entire week to the popular style this summer - the perfect way for your dancer to experience a taste of this awesome style! Our hip hop summer camps in San Diego and Chicago are loaded with fun games and activities in addition to, of course, our awesome dance classes! These are great for boys and girls of all ages, though enrollment does vary depending on which location you choose to attend. We can’t wait to share this dance style that has so much rich history to offer, and to see all the new moves that your dancer invents over the course of the week!

If you are new to the style of hip hop and not sure how to prepare you little one for a hip hop camp in San Diego or Chicago have no fear - it’s easy! Just make sure your dancer wears appropriate shoes (sneakers are great) and comfortable clothes (sweats and t-shirts are perfect!). All this and a healthy lunch and your dancer is ready for loads of high energy fun!

Already enrolled in another Dance to EvOLvE summer camp? Great! When you sign up for camps at different locations you get a 15% discount with the second camp!

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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!

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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 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.

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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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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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