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Types of Kids Dance Classes

Posted by Brittany, Dance To EvOLvE on Jul 21, 2014 1:01:00 PM

There are so many San Diego dance classes as well as Chicago dance classes available that it can be hard to decide which one is most suitable for your little one.  What ages are most appropriate for different types of dance classes? Do some require parent involvement? Are some more active than others?  These are all common questions and concerns when it comes to choosing the perfect dance class for your child. Here is a guide of all different types of dance classes explaining what they offer, the appropriate ages, parent involvement and what skills your child will gain.kids dance classes Read on to find out which dance class your superstar will rock:

Ballet Dance Classes 

A ballet class for kids focuses on ballet technique as well as strength, balance and grace. Kids will begin to work on body alignment and posture while learning positions and developing strong muscles. A pre-ballet class is great for any age as young as two but when advancing to classical lines, it would be ideal for your child to be at the age of six and above.

Creative Movement Dance Classes

This kids dance class is perfect for those as young as 14 months to 2 years. These dance classes are less formal and less structured in order to acclimate toddlers to a dance class.  These classes focus more on basic motor, listening and expressive skills.  Your child will be introduced to all sorts of beginning dance steps such as ballet, tap and hip hop in fun and creative ways.  Depending on the dance studio or other dance classes in Chicago, parent involvement is most likely a requirement to encourage and support the little ones.

Hip Hop Dance Classes

Hip Hop dance classes for kids are an energetic and expressive option for your child. This category of dance focuses on rhythm, basic hip hop dance dance classes
moves and creativity. More advanced hip hop dance classes will go into breakdancing and more challenging choreography. Students can learn the latest moves in a hip hop dance class while also applying their own personal and original style. Even a two year old can bust out a move in this exciting class as it focuses on creativity, confidence and individualism. Depending on the age of the kids, there may be tentative parent involvement. 

Tap Dance Classes

Tap is a great dance class for all ages especially the young ones. Tap involves creative movement and sounds of the feet as well as fun and expressive ways to let loose and have fun. San Diego dance classes offer a combination tap and ballet class meaning the first half of dance class is tap and the second is ballet. This is an excellent option for a beginning dancer as young as two years old since tap and ballet are a strong foundation for other kids dance classes.

Jazz Dance Classes

Jazz incorporates techniques and dance moves from a variety of dance styles ranging from contemporary to lyrical and much more. Exciting pop music is usually played during jazz dance class and the movements are imaginative and expressive. High kicks, leaps and turns are just a few of the moves these classes teach. Jazz is appropriate for older ages such as six and above. If your not yet ready to have your child take a jazz class, try taking a ballet class first since jazz tends to build off moves taught in ballet.

kids dance classesContemporary Dance Classes

Contemporary dance combines many elements of dance such as ballet, jazz and lyrical. Based on modern dance techniques, these movements are quick, expressive and reflective. This type of dance is innovative and full of interpretation combining all types of dance into modern movements. Contemporary is appropriate for those wanting to express themselves as much as possible.

All kids dance classes are beneficial for your little one. Each and every one has it’s own unique movements and talents to offer. We recommend having your child test out many different kids dance classes to see what they like best and go from there. All dancing is good dancing and we hope that you found this guide helpful! If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to let us know!

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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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Finding Inspiration in an Adult Dance Class

Posted by Brittany White on Aug 15, 2012 12:32:00 PM


adult-dance-photo.jpgDance has always been an area where I find inspiration. Not just for myself, but for those around me. Whether it be the young dancers I am teaching, the siblings of those dancers, or someone in the crowd at a dance performance. I have often seen parents get inspired by their young dancers, but not have any idea of where to start class or whether or not their is even an option out there for them to take dance classes

Nowadays, there are a MULTITUDE of options for anyone interested in trying a dance class. It is actually one of my favorite things about dancing...there is something out there for everyone! There are your traditional styles such as ballet, tap and jazz. as well as hip hop, contemporary, and ballroom (just to name a few!) There is absolutely NO need to feel left out! Best of all, these dance classes are offered for both children AND adults! 

I often hear the following comments from parents with regards to adult dance classes: 

‘I’ve never danced a day in my life!’ or ‘I’m a parent! I’m too old to start dance lessons at my age!’  

Some adults will sit back and stay seated because they think its inappropriate to take a class for themselves; that their focus should be solely on providing dance classes for their young dancers. While this is a wonderful outlook and providing outlets for our children is extremely important, I am a big believer that happy parents make happy children. By providing yourself with a form of expression, fun or exercise (whichever is your motivation) you’ll be elevating your own personal happiness which will help you be a happier parent for your child! 

So as an adult, how do you find a dance class that will fit you? Below are a few key points 

  • Location - find a dance class that is close to your home or your work! As an adult with a multitude of responsibilities, proximity is often the BEST answer. If something is too far away (even if its just 15 minutes) we have the likelihood of losing the motivation to go! 
  • mommy and me dance classesClass type - as mentioned above, their are TONS of options for class type. Whether you’re looking for something technical like a jazz or ballet class, more cardio based like Cardio Hip Hop dance classes or Zumba, something to do with your significant other like ballroom, OR something to do WITH your child like a YOU&me class, their is an option for you! So take the time to consider what you’re really looking to get out of your class! (Click here to find a YOU&me class near you!)
  • Schedule - check the schedule of classes offered at your location. Do they offer classes that fit into your own personal schedule? Or do they conflict with other obligations for work, home, and kids? Again, choosing a class that doesn’t feel like or a chore, or one that is rushed will help you stick with it longer! And the longer you participate the more benefits (such as coordination, flexibility, and higher energy levels) you’ll get out of it!

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Getting involved in dance classes as an adult, especially as parents, may help inspire (or re-inspire) your own child! If they have never had exposure to dance, your participation and enjoyment in classes may spark them to want to try a class of their own, and if they’ve been bored with their current dance classes this may give them the extra push to find their own passion and love for dance again. Dance can inspire both younger and older generations! It knows no boundaries or limitations!

 

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5 Questions To Ask For A Kid-Appropriate Hip Hop Dance Class

Posted by Brittany White on Jul 24, 2012 4:59:00 PM

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This week as I was chatting with a parent about various class options for her young daughter, she mentioned that Daddy said hip hop dance classes were out of the question. I didn't push the issue at all but it got me thinking... hip hop dance classes aren't just for booty-poppers! There is a stigma out there. With hip hop, it is easy for people to assume that a certain level of inappropriateness is involved. This may be the case with some teachers and studios if they are not taking the time to consider what is and what isn't age appropriate. Hip hop dance classes can be found just about anywhere these days and just like any program you involve your family in, it is smart to do your research and ask questions. Here is what to look for:

-Does the teacher use age appropriate music? (This should include content as well as curse words.)

-Is the teacher a positive role model that your dancer can look up to?

-How does the instructor teach above and beyond the classroom to incorporate life skills?

-Is the movement about having fun and creating a positive message or is it about something you're not comfortable with as a parent?

-Overall, does the dance program you are considering seem professional and family friendly? Click here for an example of a dance company that is clear about how they hire their teachers.

Exposing your dancer to something you and they aren't ready for is never a good time. On the same note, I'd hate for a kid to miss out on an amazing class that could do wonders for their confidence just because mom or dad didn't give it a chance. Hip hop dance classes are a very popular outlet for people nowadays and can be so much fun! Click here to see an example.

When they are done right, the dancer should feel amazing about themself afterwards. They should be sweaty, happy, and confident after learning something that presented the right amount of challenge mixed with fun. If this is not the case, I recommend trying a different class, teacher, or dance company. Ask if the program you're considering offers a trial class option. If they do not, see if you can observe the class before signing up. Whatever you do, don't knock hip hop until you give it a solid chance and explore the various opportunities available.

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Have you ever considered taking a dance class?

Posted by Brittany White on Mar 26, 2012 6:08:00 AM

I teach a lot of school dance programs where the class includes boys and girls who do and do not want to be there. Within the school programs, dance class is not optional..everyone must participate. Knowing that, I start every new program by saying, “Everyone likes to do different things. My favorite thing to do is dance and I know it may or may not be your favorite thing to do and that is okay. All I ask is that we all participate and try because I have a feeling we will have some fun if we just give it a go.” Well, I say something similar to that at least but I am sure in a much more eloquent and motivating way. My point is that I want the kids to become comfortable with me as a teacher and to not feel daunted by dance if they have never done it before or if it isn’t their thing. I really believe that dance is great for everyone and should be experienced by all in some form or another. This blog is really about how dance is good for the non-dancers, the individuals who may not be choosing to take a structured class, or those who have never considered taking a dance class.

One great thing about dance is the amount of styles out there to choose from. There is something out there for everyone! There are your traditional styles such as ballet, tap and jazz. Hip hop has taken dance classes by storm over the last decade and is a great option for kids and adults or anyone who is just looking for a fun recreational activity or great workout (cardio hip hop classes have become all the hype in gyms). Further, there are partner dance styles such as salsa, tango, swing, waltz... just to name a few. Salsa is probably the most popular and has a great social aspect as well as being a great workout. For any of these styles, you do not need a partner so don’t be intimidated or shy. Often there are open free classes (especially for salsa) held at clubs or hotels where the teacher rotates the men and women. You can also sign up for a class and they will probably have a similar structure. Another dance form that is a bit less formal is line dancing, which has various styles within it. The simplest form is how it sounds...the dancers dance in lines with the movements being easy to learn and follow. One of the latest crazes is Zumba, which is not technically a dance style but I think it appeals to so many people because it is a mixture of dance and fitness that includes various world rhythms. Zumba can be found at most local gyms.

No matter what dance style you decide to explore (and don’t be afraid to try more than one if your first attempt wasn’t a success), the important thing is to get out there and actually try it. Remember that it will take a couple of times to get the hang of it so stay with it for at least 4-5 classes before you decide if you like it or not. It also takes awhile to get the feel of the choreography and the music, which is definitely a learned skill. Any form of dance will increase confidence, coordination, agility, rhythm, grace, balance, flexibility, musicality, strength and cardio. So get out there and enjoy life...try dancing!

Brittany White, Dance To EvOLvE Director

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