We just love those NYC Rockettes and this Spring they are performing in a new Spring Spectacular with "Dancing With the Stars" heartthrob Derek Hough! Oh- to be a Rockette today! Always on the move with dance shoes in hand, the Rockettes have come up with 7 ways to add a little more dance into your life for 2015.
And check out our Adult Classes at Jeanne's to add some spring in your step! Today is the day to start taking care of YOU!
--Miss Amy :)
1. Take a dance class. There’s a class for any kind of dance mood you’re in. If you’ve done a dance class before, try a new one! Tis the season to start fresh, right?
2. See a live, local dance performance. The movies are old news. Live action is more exciting! Bring your special someone and make it a date night, or go with a BFF for a girls’ night out. Look for performance and tickets at local community centers, colleges and universities, arts centers and local dance companies.
3. Make a dance playlist. Whether you need some new choreography inspiration or just need some better tunes to keep you going on the treadmill, spend some time one day making a playlist—or a few—to keep you pumped up! Design one for each phase of your workout, or line up some new songs to pump you up during warm-ups.
4. De-stress like a dancer. Sometime the hustle and bustle of the holidays can leave you feeling unlike your normal, relaxed self. Set aside a day to de-stress like a Rockette. Take a yoga class, spend some quiet time stretching out your muscles or just schedule some quality time with yourself to do whatever makes you feel happy (bring on the Netflix!).
5. Put together a dance-inspired outfit. First, decide your look: Keep it comfy with a ballet-inspired outfit of leggings, a wrap top and a sock bun, or go a little glam with a tulle skirt. Next, clean out that closet to see what you already have. The last step: Hit the mall and put those holiday gift cards to good use to complete your look!
6. Whip up healthy food for your dance practices and workouts. Spend an afternoon making a few batches of healthy soup to freeze (perfect to grab for lunch on your way out the door), or hit the grocery store and stock up on healthy snacks for dance practices. You’ll be more likely to actually go to that dance class if you have a healthy meal or snack keeping you energized!
7. Work on your dancer legs. Even if you can’t be in the dance studio as much as you’d like, you can still earn those iconic dancer legs. Try exercises that don't require extra equipment like Standing Plie Squats (Start in a wide second position plie turned out, with your arms out in second position facing up. Squeeze your thighs and glutes as you straighten your legs and raise your arms overhead. Return to the starting position. Do three sets of 10 reps at a quick pace.) or Ballet Calf Raises (Stand next to a chair with your heels together and toes pointed out in first position. Place right hand on chair and left hand at hip. Slowly raise onto the balls of your feet and hold for 2 seconds. Return to starting position. Do 10 - 15 reps.)
According to an article on education.com "Play is the foundation for all learning for young children, and giving your child the time and a few basic toys can provide her with a variety of valuable learning opportunities."
Engaging with toys, creative play, singing and dancing with friends provides opportunity for vocabulary to grow. Kids will hear and gain language without even realizing it as well as learn to communicate meaning!
In today's "everything in an instant" world, kids have fewer opportunities to develop their own sense of creativity. Those who do are more likely to be able to entertain themselves through creative and imaginary play. Once that imagination gets going - the possibilities are endless!
Working those fine and gross motor skills in games, activities and yes--even dancing--cover a wide range of development. While fine motor muscles control the hands for tasks like drawing and writing, large motor muscles develop the legs and arms for walking, running, jumping, lifting and balance.
Giving kids the opportunity to dig in and flex those muscles in their creative play makes for happy and healthy minds and bodies! Our Mini Poppers class for Boys and Girls and our NEW Tuff and Tumble All-Boys class are the perfect places to move, play and be creative. Click the links in pink for class information and get ready for some fantastic play days ahead!
What's your favorite play activity with your kids? Share your comments below!
--Miss Amy :)
Lots of people ask me "Why do you like working at a dance studio?" My answer is both complicated and simple-- 1) I love teaching kids. 2) I grew up dancing at Jeanne's from the time I was 4 years old and my experiences there changed my life in ways far beyond learning how to dance. 3) I would love to share those same life changing experiences with as many kiddos as time will allow! 4) My Aunt Jeanne (who is the original owner and namesake of the studio) worked her whole life teaching and providing opportunities for dancers to grow as dancers as well as give them the smile and pat on the back they needed to build and shape their self-esteem for the future. I have BIG tap shoes to fill and want to do my best to carry on that legacy.
We've come up with "5 Fabulous Reasons You'll Love Dancing at Jeanne's" as a summary of the mission statement and goals of our studio. Our goal is not to turn out Disney Channel Pop Stars or The Next Big Thing. Our goal is to love your kids, teach them the craft we are trained in, provide a safe environment where friendships can develop and responsibility can be learned. Most of all, we want them to know we believe they can do anything!
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!