Think back. When finding the right color tu-tu was the biggest problem of your day. Making sure your tiara and fairy wings weren't bent and that your magic wand wasn't missing. Those were the days! The joy of imagination. Creating hours of play with friends and a box of dress up accessories. It doesn't get better than that!
Although we grown-ups may have to save our tu-tu wearing for Halloween and costume parties (you better believe I have my favorite tu-tu ready at all times!) it doesn't stop us from reminiscing about the good old days and wishing we could go back in time once in a while.
Creating magical adventures while encouraging independence is what we do every day in our Princess Ballerinas Classes at Jeanne's! Ballet class has never been more engaging until you've been on a Fairy Garden Adventure, danced your way through a Royal Ball and leaped around the Bake Shop cooking up fantastic dances with your friends.
See why this is NOT your ordinary pre-ballet class. Click HERE to learn about Princess Ballerinas at Jeanne's. I'm not sure who loves this class more - the dancers or teachers! It's really that amazing!
Tu-tus are not required but they do add some fun!
--Miss Amy :)
While growing up dancing at Jeanne’s, I danced in a lot of different classes. Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Funky Jazz (yes, stop laughing), drill team, tumbling and technique. While I learned so much more than dance steps and technique, I’ve been thinking of the things that dance taught me not to take for granted. (Enjoy the blast from the past in photo history. I left out the Funky Jazz picture - had to maintain a shred of dignity from the 80's!)
We'd love to hear the things you've learned from dancing at Jeanne's! Feel free to share thoughts, memories and embarrassing pictures too!
--Miss Amy :)
Some of my favorite classes to teach and hear about are the babies. They are so energetic, can’t wait to get to class, want to tell you EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING and love to dance with their friends. Dance class is one of the first opportunities many little ones have to make new friends, listen to a teacher, wait their turn and follow directions. It’s a lot for those little bodies to learn and remember!
The most amazing part is watching it unfold throughout the year. They start off not knowing what a “spot” is let alone being willing to stand on it for more than a minute. But we practice, and practice and practice and soon standing on their spot is not so hard! And while they’ve been discovering personal space by staying on their spot, they’ve also been introduced to listening to a teacher and following directions – two more things that 2 and 3 year olds are not stellar at – yet. Lol. But just like they learn how to stay on that blessed spot on the floor, they become so engaged with the teacher that listening and following directions becomes a piece of cake! And everything starts to jump into place.
It doesn’t happen over night. It’s baby steps – literally! But it does happen and it’s the best thing you can do for your toddler or pre-schooler. Give them the chance to learn how to learn, how to make mistakes and fix them and how to be proud of accomplishing their best!
We just love those little ones to pieces and can’t wait to start their journey with them!
Click HERE to find out about our completely captivating Princess Ballerinas Program for littles ages 3-6 (and starting Fall of 2017 we’ll have classes for 2 year olds!). This is a pre-ballet program that combines imagination and creativity with the beauty of ballet. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen!
Check it out HERE!
--Miss Amy :)
The beauty of dance classes is that miracles can happen. We learn from teachers, our friends, the experiences we have dancing and the responsibility we have working together. All of that shapes who we are and who we become.
So last week I shared about my favorite little dancer Brittney and her imaginary friend who came to dance classes with her. This week I wanted to share about my fabulous adults I have the privilege of teaching. They are the best! Every one comes in with a different story about how they came to dance class and I love it! Dance is personal. They dance for fitness, personal goals, overcome fear, trying something new they didn’t have the opportunity to as a child – or the opposite. They remember how much they loved dancing as a child and can’t wait to get back to class again.
I don’t have any imaginary friend stories from my adults, but those ladies bring their own sort of magic to class. They are the best support group and cheerleaders I have ever seen. With a variety of levels in each class they celebrate the success of each dancer when they hit that next goal. It’s no drama – just dance. Just the joy of doing what you love – which is what we want for all our dancers. To love coming to class. Because if you love dance enough it will change you forever!
That's why I'm a HUGE fan of Dance Classes!
Check out the classes we offer at Jeanne's for toddlers, kids, teens and adults and let the power of dance change you! Click HERE for more info.
--Miss Amy :)
I’m a huge fan of dance classes, but probably not for the reason you think. Yes, my sister Kaley and I own the studio but that’s not the reason I’m such a fan of dance classes. It goes way beyond any kind of business discussion.
I’m a huge fan of dance classes because they change people’s lives. I know that sounds corny but it’s true! From young little 2 year olds to mature adults, dance classes have an outlet to gain confidence, achieve goals and learn how to work with a team.
Now, you’re probably saying, Amy – come on. No two-year old is going to learn all that. Well, I would beg to differ – politely. I have seen two-year olds begin the year as a twirling vortex of energy (we love those two-year olds and man, if only we could bottle that energy!) and by the end of the year they know how to stand on their spot, follow directions, keep their personal space, put their shoes and belongings in a dance bag and are proud to stand on the stage and dance for Mom and Dad!
I had the cutest little girl in a summer class years ago. I’ll call her Brittney. Brittney brought her imaginary friend to class every week. And unfortunately, her imaginary friend, (who incidentally was Timothy the Mouse – from Dumbo) was not a good influence on her. Her parents were a bit tired of Timothy but didn’t know how to get Brittney to let go of him. So we began in dance class. The first week Brittney and Timothy were not good listeners and we talked about listening and following directions so we could do more dancing. The second week was better but Timothy had to have his own spot on the floor. By about the fourth or fifth week, Timothy didn’t stand on a spot on the floor. He sat by the mirror and “watched.” And then the magic. The last week of classes, Timothy was gone. Brittney enjoyed the whole class without Timothy and her dad was completely amazed. I’m not a psychologist but there was magic in those dance classes that literally changed how Brittney saw the world and how she fit into it.
I am so grateful for that teaching experience because it showed me the responsibility we have as teachers to create an environment where miracles can happen.
If you're looking for a miracle or two for your dancer CLICK HERE!
Stay tuned for Part 2 next week!
--Miss Amy :)
It's Spring Break and the studio is closed but don't forget about your dance bag completely! Keep up with your technique by stretching everyday, going over your dances (with your parent's permission), eating healthy and getting lots of sleep!
We'll see you all in a week - and don't forget . . . point those toes!
--Miss Amy :)
Just in time for Friends Week, here's a fun quiz you can take with your BFF! For even more fun, try it out on your other friends and family too! You might find out your mom is destined to be the next Misty Copeland or your sister is on her way to becoming a Rockette!
Enjoy our Dance Style Quiz and be sure to bring your friends to Friends Week!
-- Miss Amy :)
With Friends Week just around the corner - we're loving our Recital Theme, "Just Keep Dancing!" Inspired by everyone's favorite blue tang fish, Dory has great wisdom for us all; believe in yourself, have faith in your friends and never give up. We hope our theme "Just Keep Dancing" will inspire those same qualities in all our dancers this year!
Do you have a BFF (or two) in mind you'd like to bring to Friends Week? We hope so! All week long, March 7 - 11th, all Friends can take classes for FREE! Check out the theme days for Friends Week below and dress up too!
So, when life gets you down what do you do? Just keep dancing! And even better - keep dancing with your friends!
--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 :)
What's one of the greatest gifts we can give kids today? A firm understanding of their self-worth. I'm not talking about bloating kids minds with an overabundance of compliments that become so commonplace they lose meaning. No, I'm talking about giving kids a solid understanding of who they are and helping them decide what they want to accomplish.
When my 3rd oldest son was in pre-school the teachers told me "He has great leadership skills!" It was their very positive way of saying his personality and way of putting himself in charge at school demonstrated confidence to be a leader. At home we called it "pushing his own agenda" - and sometimes it lead to be unaware of others feelings.
I figured if we could live through the daily negotiating, one day his annoying way of discussing every request I made would someday make him a great and confident young man. I love that now as a 12 year old, he is confident in his ideas and not afraid to voice his opinions. He is going to be a dynamic leader someday.
I'm grateful to those pre-school teachers for recognizing that strength in him when I considered it an annoyance. They changed my perspective and that has helped me be a better mom for him.
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 encourangement so those budding seeds of confidence can grow in big ways!
Click HERE to start your child's journey into a world of confidence and growth in a family centered environment you won't find anywhere else!
--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!