The Rhythm is Gonna Get You

One of my absolute favorite things about dance is how universal it is. Strip down all the technique and style rules that we impose in a setting like a dance studio, and, at its root, dance is inherent. Dance is natural. You see it from the time we are babies! I love to stand in a crowd at a concert, or in a bar, or at a festival and be reminded of what a basic instinct it is to move to music. parent dance 2019

I hear this comment a lot: “I bet it really bothers you when people are bad dancers.” NO! Quite the opposite. If dance is bringing you joy, whether or not you are “good” by any societal standard does not matter! If the music moves you, then move! Dance is fun, and there are no barriers to entry. As humans, I feel like we can’t even help but bob our heads or sway side to side when we hear a song we like.

Gloria Estefan is right. Whether we intend it or not, or whether it is conscious or unconscious, the rhythm is gonna get you! But, if you want to define and hone those skills, we’ve got you covered. Join us for classes this spring- check out our schedule here.

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Being Put On the Spot

Our mission is to inspire confidence in our dancers using dance as a medium. We believe dance is a fun and formative way to encourage our students to be able to walk into any room and be confident. Part of this is being put on the spot. Much of dance is non-vocal, obviously, but we want our dancers to also be able to speak up and speak out when called upon. Not every dancer will feel comfortable as an actor or orator,  but, inevitably, whether they audition one day to be a drill team officer or to be a back up dancer, they will have to talk. dancers 1

During the Summer our Energy Dance Company dancers have to audition for placement for their competition pieces. During this time we make them practice “slating,” or introducing yourself and answering some basic questions. They aren’t always confident or good at it the first time, but, those who have auditioned with us for a while can speak up and assert themselves to both make a connection with their interviewer and stand out in a line up.

Our teachers also call on students throughout the dance class time much in the same way a school teacher does, often putting dancers on the spot to come up with an answer to what we are doing or why we are doing it to use their critical thinking skills. As with school, the answers aren’t always right, but we want our dancers to feel confident making an educated guess or being able to say, “I don’t know,” without embarrassment. Just another way that joining an extracurricular like dance can continue to help kids be smarter, think for themselves and gain confidence. Interested in joining us? Registration ends for our spring semester on 2/15. Check out our schedule here.

Making New Friends

Socializing is an important part of growing up. School is the main outlet for this, but extracurriculars play a huge role in finding your “people.” While the primary goal of coming to dance class is to learn the skills necessary and develop the confidence to perform a certain dance style, making new friends is a secondary goal that we hope our dancers achieve at the studio. mini bonding

When you do an activity or sport outside of school you find like-minded peers that usually have similar goals, even if you come from all different backgrounds. We are blessed to be from a diverse community where dancers of all colors, religions and family dynamics can develop trust and hone new skills together. It is always fun to watch friendships pop up in our dance classes and hear stories about play dates and sleepovers between kiddos who go to different schools or live in different suburbs that would otherwise not have met.

We see it in the parents who sit together in the hallways as well. Moms and Dads with kids of similar age and energy levels bond as they watch their dancers in the classroom. We love to watch a community unfold bound by the common interest of dance. Our registration is open through February 15th- won’t you join us? Click here for a free trial class.

New Year, Same Us

What a wonderful feeling to return to something you love after a break! The energy in the studio this week has been amazing. Not only do we have students returning from our Fall semester, but we also have new students trickling in and joining our ongoing schedule that bring a new energy to our classrooms. Teachers are rested and rejuvenated, creativity has been restored, and we are ready to tackle the spring.

pike stretchJanuary is the time for resolution and purpose.  While we always hope to be learning from our mistakes, growing as instructors and administrators, and improving our processes and facilities, we are proud to keep our foundations and missions consistent. New year, same us. We hope to continue to be the same values-based, family-friendly educational activity that continues to teach integrity, perseverance, teamwork and respect. We are resolved to continue to encourage our dancers to express themselves with confidence.

Our registration is open through February 15th. Will you join us? Download a free trial coupon here.