Dance For Yourself
A Blog For Dancers
It's that time again! We are excited & nervous with anticipation...We've worked very hard, WE ARE A TEAM, We love & support one another .... Let's do this!
TEN WAYS TO BE THE PERFECT DANCE MOM*
It's competition season. AND We have lots of parents attending in the next few weeks... some of them are wondering what their role is as a "Dance Mom." I can assure you that what you see on TV is not what dance competition is about. But there are tips that can help you be the perfect Dance Mom at dance competition.
Life sometimes throws you a curve ball...and that's exactly what happened on November the 4th, 2016. Most of you who know us, know that this is a family business and when you come into our Studio - that's what you get - a family atmosphere. So when, Ms. Rachael's Dad had a massive heart attack on this date - it put our new location on a hold of sorts. We have a fabulous, newly renovated facility with very large studios...we are thinking, the biggest around for our Dancers! So, in celebration of dance and life, we wanted to kick off our renovation in a celebratory fashion with a jump house, cotton candy, refreshments of all sorts, special incentives for new and current dancers and most of all the special friendships among our dance family. So whether you are new to dance, a dance veteran or just want to have some good old fashion fun, Join us (fittingly) On November 4th beginning at 9AM for lots of fun and entertainment! We look forward to meeting you or seeing you! Mark your Calendars now!
We just are just finishing up a wonderful first week of dance classes! Here are 11 things that you probably experienced this week.
1.Everyone Has Some Nerves
From the tearful 3 year old, to the 6 year old that all of a sudden doesn’t want to go to the class they have been talking about all summer, to the butterflies in the stomach of the teenager who masks her nerves behind little giggles, to the parent who thinks about that after school schedule over and over …EVERYONE gets nervous when trying something new. And you know what? It’s okay to be nervous! Even teachers are nervous the first week! I am the director of the school, and have been teaching some of the exact same classes with the same students for years, and I STILL get a little nervous the first week of classes, because every season brings something a little bit different to get used to.
2. You Get a Little Overwhelmed By the Crowd
Every parent comes to dance the first week, sometimes two or more family members per dancer, so you can count on the waiting area being a little crowded the first week! As the year progresses, everyone will figure out what routine works best for them. From doing homework in the car, to running to the grocery store, to walking to a nearby coffee shop for a treat, or playing in our new toy area; the possibilities are endless for filling time while you are waiting for your dance classes.
3. You Come Up With Creative Dance Wear Fixes
That dance wear order didn’t arrive yet? Better yet, forgot that you needed new dance clothes? Yep, we’ve all been there. Even some of our teachers pull out dance shoes to realize there is hole or one has gone missing! It’s okay, that’s what the first few weeks of dance class are for, to help us all realize what we need and get us prepared for a great season.
So put on those leggings and cute t-shirt, adorn those socks until your ballet shoes come, or duck tape your dance shoes back together until the new ones arrive. One way or another, I am sure you will put your creativity to use with an Awesome dance wear fix!
4. You are always thinking, “What Class do I have today?”
Getting into a routine is so important! Chances are, if you danced on a different day last season you will be checking and double checking that schedule to get the new schedule set in your mind. Maybe you know the day and time, but then there is figuring what shoes to put on first, what class is first? We are right there with you, still checking the schedule everyday until it get’s set in our heads.
5. Your Little Dancer Does More Watching Than Dancing.
Don’t be surprised to see your little dancers observe more than they participate the first few weeks. This is perfectly normal, it is all so new and many young dancers have never been in a class-participation environment before. Your little one may come home thinking they actually did everything as they participated fully in their imaginations! Just give it a week or two and they will be dancing non-stop!
6. That Ballet Bun Surprises You.
Maybe you’ve been concerned about making that first ballet bun or you’re a pro after years of dance class. Either way, you can bet there will be surprises the first week of class! It could be that you allotted a full 30 minutes to tackle your first day of dance, and that hair practically whipped itself up in 5 minutes! Or, you knew you had this bun thing down and then sure enough, your out of pins or your ponytail breaks! One way or another, the first week of dance is sure to throw a surprise your way!
7. You get an awesome picture.
Always forget that first day of dance picture? Not this year! The photo area in the lobby ensures you get an adorable picture to capture that first week of dance. Be sure to hang on to that, you never know how precious these memories will be years down the road.
8. Your dance class includes an introduction to lots of things
The first week of dance class is a wonderful time to make sure everyone learns their teacher’s expectations, classroom rules and what the students can expect from the class. Many teachers will discuss these things during the first class. Your first class may move a little slow at first as the teacher gets an idea of where the students are and the dancers learn the exercises and class format.
9. You Have Sore Muscles
Theres nothing like waking up to sore muscles to let you know dance is back! Junior and Upper Division students can expect to have some muscle soreness after the first few classes. Dance is very athletic and it is perfectly normal (and good!) for dancers to experience muscle soreness as they build muscle and gain flexibility. So take a warm bath, drink lots of water and look forward to your next class!
10. You Love Meeting New Friends
There’s no friends quite like dance friends! The first week of classes gives you the opportunity to meet new friends in your class or the class down the hall. Don’t pass up a chance to make a new friend as you see new faces at the studio! Dance friends often end up being life-long friends.
11. You Realize How Much You Love Dance!
Maybe it’s the friends, the music, the chance for expression during free worship or the teacher; maybe you can’t put a finger on one thing, but you know you’re hooked. There’s nothing quite like challenging your body, moving to music and feeling loved and accepted. And that’s it, you’ve caught the dance bug and your life will never quite be the same again… in the best of ways! Welcome to the journey, we can’t wait to enjoy it with you!
*Classes Begin Monday, August 7th*
Every Season - Summer's seem to get shorter! But we are grateful ~ if you want a Dance Studio that offers dance of all genres' and caters to all levels of Dance - including a focusing on technique for the advanced dancer - then we've got a place for you! If you're in our Dance Family - we thank you! If not, we Invite You!
I'm always looking for interesting and useful reads - I came across this piece :
8 Things Dance Teachers Wish They Could Tell “Dance Moms” See what you think - but we could relate and to some things not relate - anyways, it's a good read all over!
Just too, too much going on this time of year! - Competition, Registration for Next Season, Dance Auditions, Recital...For Dancers and just life in general - it's a lot. We all know life is about change - and nothing ever stays the same. I don't like it - always, but it's a fact of life. Here's a few guidelines for Busy Dance Families - or just good to live by regardless......
So... and Well - upon going back through some of our clips from Recital 2016 - I particularly like this song... and of course these dancers..."My Love". Appropriately titled and choreographed by our very own Mr. Derrell Underwood -are some of our dancing girls who love the genre' of Hip Hop. Being in this business a while, I have not always had a love for this particular discipline but being around great teachers, like Mr. Derrell, I definitely have gained a new respect for the recently "coined" Hip Hop. Being the mother of a "Ballet Girl" It was a little hard to learn that you have to go "with the Flow" - particularly in order to reach others who are inspired by Hip Hop. Movement is a language all its own and that my friends is a lesson with in itself. Happy Dancing Friends!
“Team pride is unity within a team, it means thinking of your team-mates as family (or sisters)
So know every time you learn something new or step out to perform, YOU are competing for your family!”
So as life would have it - we just move on - but memories...those can't be taken from us or changed....We do compete at West Main Studios - and I can tell you - we don't always win. We don't specially like it, but we accept it and most importantly we learn from it, count it in our books as a win and appreciate each other and the memories we can take with us. Life is that way, you know. Full of rights, wrongs,laughter,tears and memories....Being a team is core to in group - whether is be a class of dancers or a competitive piece. We count on each other and that teaches us that in life, we DO have to count on one another, learn from one another and be Blessed by and for one another. These girls have done a fine job of that - not only to they appreciate and love each other, they respect each other by their actions. Life is not always a bed of roses, my mom used to say ....but I can tell you this - it is the thorns in life that teach us. The roses adorn us, but is teaches us that the hard knocks in life are what help us with future choices. We, at West Main Studios want to be all of those things - a melting pot of experience not only in dance - but life. Let's go do this --This and Next Season!
So ....for the past few years - we've found a way to celebrate the birth of our Lord ! This Year..."A Classic Christmas" should prove to be no less in celebrations and stage performance! Our Dancers really love this and it shows - We will be presenting - for you..Your Most Favorite Dancers - On Stage, Saturday, December 3rd @ Columbia High School - Tickets go on Sale Saturday October 29th @ 9AM - Be sure to mark your calendars as you will not won't to miss this spectacular performance... Reserved Seating Only (Button Below) - We are excited about this and are preparing daily in our classes! See you there!
Teaching Your Child More About Life & Being Secure In Who They Are~
For many parents, the first image that springs to mind when they think of a child attending a dance class is an image of a confident smiling
child. The child in their mind is probably extrovert and expressive not shy and retiring. Parents of a shy child may feel as if a dance class would not be the place for their little one and as a result may steer clear of this sort of activity. Other parents however have the opposite opinion and see a dance class as the ideal activity for introverted youngsters. So how could dancing be good for your child's confidence?
Many dance schools work towards a yearly performance or show. For the performance to be the best it can be, the children must work together and cooperate. For those who lack social skills, 1the dance class offers a safety net of rules and repetition.
Children become familiar with the routine and in the process, become familiar with the other children. By attending a class with a variety of children who are probably from different schools and locations, a child also emerges from their social comfort zone.
Practice makes perfect!
Initially it may be difficult for a child to master the technicality of a routine. Over time with persistence and patience a child learns that they can get to grips with something difficult. A less confident child will in time come to believe that they can achieve if they focus and work hard. In dance, discipline, dedication and practice are vital. A good dance teacher will encourage each child to be the best that they can be. Important life lessons for every child.
My daughter was recently in a dancing show. Before she went on stage she said that she had 'butterflies in her tummy'. My initial feeling was one of guilt. How could I put her through this at four? What was I thinking? I waited backstage with bated breath. I needn't have worried. When she came back she was ecstatic and excited.
A year of persistence had paid off and the audience loved it. When I watched the performance I was amazed that they were all in time and knew where their feet were supposed to be going even at such a young age. The experience had taught her that even though she felt nervous, she could overcome her anxiety and go with it.
Dancing makes you feel good
Moving to music makes everyone young and old feel good. You only have to look at the way a young baby bops away to a fast beat to see this. Music and dance can take children with low confidence away from their inner concerns and encourage them to express themselves in a physical way.
The discipline of dance teaches a child how to stand up straight and how to express physical grace, confidence and strength. I can remember my own dance teacher telling me to imagine an invisible piece of string coming from the top of my head pulling me upwards. Funnily enough this advice always pops into my head when I am faced with a challenge. I was never going to become a prima ballerina but as a shy gawky child who took dance classes throughout her childhood I would say that the amount of money my parents paid for my lessons was money well spent!
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There is one thing in my life that has always been present. It has always been there for me on my best days, as well as on my worst. It never let me down--no, it always pushed me and encouraged me. It was something that I was never forced into, for it was something that naturally ran through my veins. This is my ode to dance:
......Even though it's been a short while since blogging - one thing remains constant..this life, living our passion of Dance. Read this, it will make a difference. Read this!!! http://theodysseyonline.com/penn-state/an-ode-to-dance/247882