Believe & Achieve.
That’s the motto at my kids elementary school. I like it because it blends so nicely having confidence in yourself with working hard to achieve your goals.
It reminds of the quote by Walt Disney: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” I love how both of those inspire us all to reach, challenge and dream but most importantly act! So I thought “How crazy would it be to combine those ideas?” By mixing those two thoughts together you get Believe, Achieve, Dream and Do. I think I love this new phrase!
Our dance studio kids are everything to us. We want them to Believe, Achieve, Dream and Do! By helping dancers set goals and make a plan to achieve them, they are able to see how possible it is to achieve anything your heart dreams. You just have to put the action into place and “eat the elephant” one bite at a time!
We would love to show your dancer how to Believe, Achieve, Dream and Do!
Want more info? CLICK HERE and we'll send you more info about who we are and how to get started at Jeanne's!
--Miss Amy :)
In our family, all our boys are part of the BSA scouting program. It's been a great tool to teach them about learning a variety of new skills, working with people, and setting goals. Goal setting can be tricky for kids and if you're not in the habit of doing it, learning to do it may not seem very exciting. I'm very grateful for opportunity my kids have had to set goals, re-adjust if necessary, get help and learn from the experience. It's how we progress as people. We try, we might fail but even if we do we learn.
Thomas Edison said in speaking about his journey in inventing the light bulb, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." That's an illumintaing example of how to set a goal, and learn from the journey.
Click HERE to read an article from scholastic.com with fabulous tips for teching kids about setting goals. There's really great advice on finding a SMART goal, include someone who can help, set a goal based on action not circumstance, the benefit of writing down your goal and how modeling goal setting behavior can be a great influence.
At Jeanne's, we want to help each dancer - young and not as young- set and achieve their goals. So dream big! And let us help you create a path to take you there. Our GOAL is to make those dreams come true!
--Miss Amy :)
We’ve all been here. You set a goal, determined “this time will be different!” You start out great, really hanging in there trying to change your routine to accommodate this new challenge. And then, life happens. You get sucked back into the old routine vowing to get back to your goal. You wave at it a few times saying “I miss you – I really want to get focused again!” But it fades in the distance.
During this month of talking about #excellence I thought it would be great to find some tips for setting and achieving goals. Here’s what I found:
Set a Goal that Motivates You. Your goal should be something that means a lot to you. It could be personal, school related, or a goal for dance. Make sure it’s important to you.
Make Sure it’s a SMART Goal! Now what this means is that your goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time Bound. If your goal meets those criteria – you’ve got a good one!
Write it Down! This might seem like a step to skip but don’t! Write down you goal and put it somewhere you can see it every day. You want it to stare you in the face and remind you why you chose that goal. It will help you stay motivated to read it every day.
Make a Plan. Create a plan to achieve your goal with steps that are achievable. Write out the steps and cross them off when you finish them. And don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back!
Stick With Your Goal. You can do it! Stick with your goal to the very end! Set up alarms, reminders, alerts, post-it notes, whatever you need to help you stay motivated. You can also determine a “prize” for yourself at the end for achieving your goal which means you get the benefit of accomplishing what you set out to do AND got a little bonus for doing it!
Working with friends helps keep the ball rolling on your goal too. At Jeanne's, we love to work with and support our dancers in setting new goals, monitoring their progress and helping them succeed! Check out our Performing Companies Here for new opportunities to work with dancers who love to set goals!
--Miss Amy :)
Excellence, setting goals, working hard, achieving your dreams. We want all that and more for you at Jeanne's. That's why this month our Value Focus is #excellence. Excellence comes at home with your family, at school in academics, and in the dance studio too. Striving for #excellence is what we hope to inspire in every dancer; to do their best while always striving for ways to improve. True #excellence never stops because we are all constantly learning and growing.
Here's 5 things you can do at home to bring out your #excellence at the dance studio!
Eat Healthy. Your body needs fuel to keep it moving. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet will keep your body happy, healthy and dancing for a long time!
Sleep. Get plenty of sleep. Growing bodies need extra sleep. We know you get super excited to come to dance class everyday – but getting the sleep you need to perform your best at school, at home and in the studio is super important. No one wants to fall asleep at the ballet barre!
Stretch. Stretching at home can help you relax and improve your flexibility so you’re always progressing – even when you’re not in the dance room!
Practice. Ask your teacher if you can take a video of a warm up exercise or technique skill you’re having trouble with and then practice at home! (Hint – teachers LOVE to hear that dancers are motivated to practice and improve all by themselves!)
Thank your Mom and Dad! Be sure to say thanks to the people who bring you to class every week! They love you a lot and are willing to spend a lot of time in the car so you can be where you want to be. And a Thank You always goes a long way!
--Miss Amy :)
What is every child in need of today? Well, if you ask them they would probably say a new iPhone or tablet. I would say one thing kids are in need of today is genuine confidence. We like to call it #sparkle.
One of my favorite teaching moments is watching that light bulb go on for the first time. It doesn’t matter if it’s one of my 4 year olds learning how to skip or one of my adults getting their triple times step down, that light bulb moment and the sparkle that comes on their face is priceless!
So how do they get there? It’s easy. By challenging, encouraging, supporting and praising the little steps along the way, that #sparkle starts to shine bright! It’s the old joke “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”
Every staff member at Jeanne’s wants each child to walk away with growing confidence every day. Our job is to teach dance and technique but our hearts pour out support and encouragement so those budding seeds of confidence can bloom and grow in big ways!
Click HERE to start your child’s journey into a world of confidence and watch their #sparkle shine bright!
--Miss Amy :)
What does #sparkle mean?
Well to us it means we hope to make every dancer who walks through our doors feel like they sparkle inside and out!
Kids go through all kinds of phases and stages, ups and downs. Sometimes the world around them can feel like it’s caving in. There’s a lot of pressure for teens, pre-teens, elementary kids - even pre-schoolers have more pressure to do and learn more at an earlier age. While life moves fast (and thanks to Ferris Bueller we don’t want to miss it!) kids self-esteem doesn’t always move as fast.
My 6 year old has a hard time with reading – and he knows it. It’s really frustrating for him. I want him to feel accomplished when he reads a sentence by himself. I really celebrate that moment with him because it’s like climbing a mounting for him! When we get to reading a page by ourselves we’ll celebrate that too. In the meantime, this challenge by challenge praise will hopefully fill his bucket of confidence so he knows he CAN do hard things.
At Jeanne’s, our teachers truly see the strength in each dancer and want to celebrate success with every one of them! Whether it’s figuring out how to do a Maxi Ford and get all the sounds just right or mastering a triple pirouette, we’ll be right there cheering you on. Pretty soon, that bucket of confidence will be overflowing and the #sparkle on their face will be brighter than ever!
Come #sparkle with us!
--Miss Amy :)
As moms of kids ranging from 2 – 18 we understand that kids might feel anxious or nervous about starting a new activity in a new environment with new people. That’s a lot of new things to think about! We want to make everything as easy as possible for you and your dancer! Take a minute to look over these simple tricks with your dancer to give you both peace of mind that at Jeanne’s you’re in good hands that care about the every dancer.
1 – Set out your dance clothes and dance bag the night before. This gives you a chance to talk about the new leotard she got or why ballet shoes are special shoes. You can reassure her that you will be there to meet her new teacher and can’t wait to see what she’s learned!
2 – Plan to arrive at the studio a few minutes early. You’ll be able to finish any paperwork necessary for registration, have plenty of time to help your dancer feel settled and meet her teacher and new dancing friends.
3 – Probably the most important thing . . . lots of hugs and kisses! Starting something new can be scary at first. Let her know you’re proud of her for trying something new. Don’t forget to take lots of before class/after class pictures too! (Psst. Our teachers LOVE to pose for pictures with their dancers too!)
Check out our Fabulous First Day page for even more tips and First Day Checklist and watch your dancer just sparkle with confidence right before your eyes!
My 3rd grade teacher was Mrs. Payne. Well, her full name was Mrs. Viola Hiroko Kaliko Wei Wei Kawahigashi Payne. She used to have a big stamp kids would come after school to say her name and if they did it right she would stamp her name on their arm. That’s right – the stamp was as long as our whole forearm. She was an amazing teacher. She was tough and strict and made us work. But that taught us we could do hard things, survive and be proud of what we had accomplished.
She used to tell us stories about growing up during WW2 in Honolulu when she would hear the air raid sirens and run hide under her bed. Her curly hair would get caught in the bedsprings while she hid and it was painful to get unstuck once the air raid was over. She taught us about the Hawaiian people and culture and we soaked it all up like sponges.
At the end of the year we put on a big Hawaiian program. When I say big I mean it was really big complete with all students having their own ukulele to play and sing with! We had two performances during the day and an evening performance for parents. But alumni from her classroom would come back for the night performance to play and sing all the songs in the program. I’m talking about junior high and high school kids coming back to play the ukulele with 3rd graders. All because she built a sparkle in all of us and taught us to see each other for who we are and not what we look like. We embraced our differences and appreciated each other strengths. Mrs. Payne will always be one of my favorite teachers because she brought out a sparkle in me that no one else could have. And that sparkle has made all the difference in who I am today.
At Jeanne’s, we strive to bring out the #sparkle and build confidence in every dancer, big and small. Watch your dancer’s confidence bloom before your eyes! See the difference a little #sparkle can make.
--Miss Amy :)
Connection with people and Teamwork is a vital part of our society and believe it or not, you’re never too young to start learning how to work well in a group and you’re never too old to keep practicing! Here are 3 fantastic games I found that teach cooperation, leadership, focus and dependence on each other for kids of all ages!
Follow the Leader: Have kids line up one behind the other with the first kiddo as the Leader. Children behind the Leader in line must imitate what the Leader does. Encourage the Leader to be creative – even silly and make sure every child has a turn to be the Leader. This teaches kids how to pay attention, follow directions, think creatively and tap into some leadership skills.
Who Am I: This game is a great one for kiddos 8 and up. Write the names of various characters (famous people, cartoon characters etc) that the kids would know on pieces of paper, fold in half and drop in a bag, hat or other container. Have each child pick a paper but tell them not to look at it. Tape or pin the name on their back. Instruct all the kids to ask Yes or No questions to each other to guess Who they are (what name is on their back). This teaches listening and critical thinking skills, how to ask questions, how to depend on others for information.
ABC’s: This game is better for kids 12 and up. Get everyone standing in a circle facing inside the circle with their hands behind their backs. One child starts by calling out the letter A. Another continues by calling out B and so on. The object is to get all the letters called out without 2 people calling a letter at the same time. If 2 people do call out the same letter at the same time everyone starts over at letter A. This activity teaches listening skills, focus and working with a group.
Dance, theatre, sports and all kinds of other activities give us opportunities to connect with people and work together. At Jeanne's, #connection is something we value deeply. We want every dancer and family to feel connected to their teacher, our staff and other dancers they perform with. Because after all, it's really all about people connecting with people.
--Miss Amy :)
When you’re part of a team being successful is great but loving your teammates, being able to work together AND be successful is the BEST! The old phrase “There’s no I in TEAM” holds true. While everyone individually should do their part it takes the whole team working and connecting together that brings the joy. Because let’s face it, you’re going to win some and lose some. What better place to be in both instances than with friends who have been there with you all the way?
Our auditions for Willy Wonka Jr. are coming up this Friday and while we are super excited to see individually what everyone can bring to the performance, the magic happens throughout the year as the whole cast blends together and becomes connected as a team.
Help your kids get ready for auditions by reminding them that a single character’s number of lines, solos and time on stage won’t be enough alone to put on a show. An entire cast of characters (big, small and in between) who support each other, work together and value the cast as a whole will bring to life a show like no other!
We can’t wait to see this #connection and teamwork grow this year in our Musical Theatre class. If you’d like to be part of our Musical Theatre Co. or have questions about our classes and programs – which all inspire #connection, click the link below.
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!