Hey there! This is a special edition of Miss Amy's Blog that goes inside the Heart of Jeanne's with Miss Amy & Miss Kaley. On the outside, most dance studios look the same. But we hope you'll see how the heart of Jeanne's dances to a different beat than the rest!
First, we love what we do! We're moms, teachers, dancers, friends, daughters & sisters. We love working with all kinds of kids, meeting new families and seeing our studio family grow. Growing up dancing at Jeanne's gave us a home away from home, a bigger circle of friends and a place to be challenged in our talents.
Teachers at Jeanne's have always been focused on reaching out to individuals. They recognize that not everyone has the same strengths and brilliantly spotlight, encourage and challenge each dancer based on their individual strengths/weaknesses.
We learned much more than correct dance technique from our combined 30 years as students, growing up at Jeanne's. We gained confidence to be able to tackle any situation or challenge and determination to work hard and be successful! And as you can see - we like to have a lot of fun too!
Most dance studios look the same on the surface. But there really is no place like Jeanne's School of Dance! We know you'll love being here as much as we do!
--Miss Amy & Kaley :)
So this is blog post is a chance to make a difference. Small ways to make someone's day better. Some people call it Pay it Forward. We at Jeanne's like to say Share the Sparkle! Here's some easy ideas to Share the Sparkle:
We would love to hear all the ways you are going to #ShareTheSparkle by using the hashtag #ShareTheSparkle on social media! Get going and get sparkling!
My cute first grader is my little buddy. He still snuggles with me and loves to give me hugs and kisses (or kiss-ees as he says). He loves to read books together, go to the grocery store (ok - that might have ulterior motive behind it) and eat brown sugar when we bake chocolate chip cookies. He's pretty much the cutest thing ever in my mind. But life is not always a bowl full of brown sugar for him.
We work for hours each week on homework and spelling words and sometimes our spelling tests come home ok and sometimes he has only remembered 1 or 2 words. My heart breaks when he comes home and says, "I didn't do good." While spelling is obviously a vital part of communication, my prime focus right now is rebuilding his self esteem. I want him to believe that whether he's at home snuggling with me or at school on the playground, he is an invaluable member of planet Earth.
So how am I going to do that?
Here's a few tips I came across that are good for any parent to put into play because we know those little self-esteems can be so fragile at times.
At Jeanne's, we use every opportunity to create moments of self-esteem or #sparkle building. We love helping our dancers set goals, show our appreciation for them, talk through risk taking and choices in dance and outside the studio, praise them appropriately but not over abundantly and step back to let them dance on their own two feet so they can see what they can do!
Happy #sparkle everyone!
--Miss Amy :)
Although giant chocolate muffins from CostoCo may satisfy your taste buds, I'm really talking about food for the soul. (But I might have to run to CostCo after I post this!)
One of the best ways to teach something is to use stories - especially for young kids. In trying to emphasize the importance of teamwork and #connection with our kids, I found a list of some fabulous children's books that teach teamwork. Here are my favorites:
For Ages 3-5
Happy Reading and Teambuilding!
--Miss Amy :)
Why is #connection important? Why even talk about it? Can't we just go about our day and get our stuff done?
I'm finding in our home, #connection gets lost - easily. With faces staring down at 4 inch screens no one looks up to notice who and what is going on around them. You've probably had friends take a break from Facebook for similar reasons. What message does it send when we spend more time with the device in our hand instead of the face in front of us? I am totally guilty of that. #MomFail
Fortunately, that's what every new day is for; To try harder to be better. It's not easy. But the little (and not so little) faces in my life are definitely worth it! So how does building connections with people really benefit us? Well, there's lots of ways but here are a few:
At Jeanne's, we hope to inspire instances of #connection in our dancers. We love to watch those seeds of trust, love and support bloom into fully grown beautiful people who caring people who inspire others through teamwork and #connection.
Who are you connecting with today?
--Miss Amy :)
In our busy day to day schedules the benefit that comes from being with people who love and support you often gets over looked. We get so buried in the hustle we forget all the faces that make our lives brighter every day. In our family we are trying to emphasize this as our boys are getting older. I want them to know they can lean on each other as well as their parents for love and support.
I love finding new ideas that inspire #connection and teamwork. Any activity that helps build a better sense of unity, connection and closeness for my family gets a gold star and this one definitely does! Click HERE to check it out! I can't wait to play this game at home with my kids. And don't be surprised if this activity shows up at a Jeanne's School of Dance Workshop or party. Our dance family is second only to the one we share a roof with. We love to see the smiles, friendships, #connection and teamwork grow all around us everyday through the fabulous dancers we get to share our week with.
Happy Teamwork Challenge Everyone!
--Miss Amy :)
Families are awesome. They come in all shapes and sizes with lots of colorful personalities that make every day more interesting than the last. Where else can you get fashion tips, homework help, a shoulder to cry on and belly laughs all around?
Our family, with all boys, my husband and me, has all the ups and downs of a really great ballgame. There’s cheering, yelling, sometimes crying, name calling and trash talk, laughing and lots of food! It’s far from perfect but it’s pretty fun!
Here’s a few ideas to show your family how much they mean to you:
Call your parents (don’t text – actually dial the number) and tell them how much you love and appreciate them.
Send your siblings an email or snail mail and share your favorite memory with them.
Teach your kids how to write Thank You notes and send one to a family member.
Spend one-on-one time with a family member doing something they want to do.
Jeanne’s School of Dance has six decades of family members. We love seeing kids and grandkids of former dancers come through our door to start dancing. It’s like having family come home! We’d love to welcome you to our family. Click HERE to find out more about what Jeanne's can offer you!
--Miss Amy :)
Tired of trying to brainstorm the perfect weekend family activities? It's hard to do! We mamas use all our brain power just to get through the week of homework, projects, after school activities, work, laundry - the list could go on forever! Then the weekend hits and all of the sudden the kids have boundless amounts of energy and nothing to do. Ugh.
Click HERE for a great article from parents.com with fabulous weekend ideas that won't break the bank but are sure to bring your family closer!
--Miss Amy :)
#Family. We love families! But families get busy and when we get busy we sometimes start to neglect the relationships that are the most important to us - the people in our family! Here's 3 ways to de-stress the family and get your happy on!
At Jeanne's, we take all 3 of these ideas to heart. We strive to connect with every dancer, set clear boundaries and rules so class time is the most productive, and leave the sweating for someone else because as dancers - we sparkle! Check out our Happy Family and what makes Jeanne's different HERE!
--Miss Amy :)
In our house, we really try to instill a sense of teamwork within our family. We are Team Grover. The older boys help younger brothers with homework, we support each other at sporting events and school concerts, we all pitch in and do chores together and we love to have fun together. To me, being part of a family means all of those things; helping when help is needed, supporting each other, getting the grunt work done (my favorite thing to say is “We all made this house dirty so we are all going to clean it!”) and most importantly, share meaningful experiences and make memories together. So for me, Family and Teamwork go hand in hand.
Family is exactly what Jeanne’s School of Dance was built on back in 1958. It is the very foundation of who we are. Jeanne started her dance studio to provide a place for her daughter and friends to go after school and be able to take dance classes. She eventually opened a studio location next door to her husband’s family grocery store in Mesa called Wright’s Market. Talk about the good old days! Every day at the dance studio was a day with family, with people who knew you and were there to help you become a better person.
Today, we honor our family by keeping those values at the center of who we are. Jeanne’s is not your average dance studio because there’s no bigger heart than the legacy Jeanne left.
If you're looking for a not so average dance studio that will do much more for your child than simply teach dance, then Welcome Home! Take advantage of our Tu-Tu Under the Tree Holiday deal this month and give your cutie pie a gift that will last for years with new friendships as a built in bonus! We'd love to have you in our Family! Click HERE to check out our Tu-Tu Under the Tree deal for new students only. Offer expires Dec. 23rd!
--Miss Amy :)
Miss Amy: I love teaching kids and watching that "A-ha!" moment happen when all the dots connect and the light bulb goes on! There's nothing better!