As a kid, I loved to perform. Give me the spotlight, and I was at home! I may have not been the best technical dancer, but I knew how to make the faces and bring the energy. Some of my best memories were made on the Dobson High School Auditorium stage hamming it up with my friends. Luckily, I have these memories caught on my recital DVD and could (did) watch them over and over and over. I even learned the older girls' dances too! Who needs Disney movies when I can watch dance performances?!
Dancing in the recital was always my favorite, and I go back and watch some of my old performances still; from my tiny ballet days when I spent more time staring at the other girls than dancing to my senior year of high school choking up as my friends and I danced together for the last time. It's harder to remember these performances the older I get, so having them on tape is that much more special.
I hope you've ordered your DVD already, but if not, the price goes up on May 1st! You can order it online at www.dvphd.com or pick up an order form at the studio. Don't miss out on the opportunity to keep those memories close for years to come!
-- Miss Shannon
We're getting ready for our two fantastic performances coming up in a few weeks! Jeanne's Musical Theater Company's performance of "Alice In Wonderland" on May 30th and our studio recital "Dancing ON AIR" on June 6th.
Time has flown by and your kids have been amazing, working so hard all year to perform for you in our end of season performances. In all the excitement there's probably a swarm of butterflies or two going around little tummies creating nervousness. It's totally normal--but here's some steps to help calm those jitters down.
1. Explain that what they are feeling is normal. Try to avoid saying "Don't worry about it" or "You'll be find." Be empathetic and ask how you can help them figure out a way for them to feel better. Practice at home with your child before "Stage Time" in a stress-free setting, like with an audience of stuffed animals.
2. Dr. Carla Fry, child psychologist, urges parents to be empathetic and understanding but not to allow their child to run away or avoid the situation. "The focus should be on building up kids' resilience." Focus on the child's efforts they've made (doing their best in class every week) rather than the outcome (they have become the next Baryshnikov).
3. Take her seriously. If she says she's afraid she'll mess up, don't dismiss her concerns. Soothe her fears with something like "I'm sure the other kids will be worried too. But you've practiced a lot and I'll be proud of you no matter what!"
All of us at Jeanne's are here to walk you and your dancer step by step through this process! We've seen little ones cry through dress rehearsal and steal the show during the performance that night! We want everyone to feel comfortable and proud of all they've learned this year! If there's anything we can do to help you or your dancer prepare for these upcoming performances just let us know! We're always happy to help!
--Miss Amy :)
We're so excited to have been voted Chandler's Best of - Dance Schools for 2015! Thanks to all our amazing dancers and families who make our studio community such a supportive and positive one! You all mean the world to us!
Here's to an outstanding 2015!
--Miss Amy :)
Looking for indoor activities and programs for your kids this summer? Look no further! We are anxious for our Summer Class Session to start! Our three-week class session runs June 9th - 27th and if you register in April you can still get $5 off your Annual Registration Fee!
We've got something for everyone this summer! Technique classes for dancers wanting to really challenge themselves, Ballet Intensive Program, Musical Theater 4 hour Program (includes an Improv and Singing classes as well as Summer Musical Theater Production!), and all our favorites including Combo, Ballet Tots, Hip Hop and Tumbling.
And if that wasn't enough--we've added a new class just for boys! (As a mom of 5 boys I couldn't resist!) Boys 5-7 years old, get ready to train your Super Muscles like never before in our Tuff and Tumble All Boys class! An hour of tumbling, obstacles, sports skills and massive muscle power!
Don't worry Moms, we didn't leave you out! We've got the kiddos covered in classes so grab a water bottle and try our new Adult Fitness and Zumba! Because exercising should be fun - right?!?! Miss Jory and Miss Shannon are ready to help you feel great and get fit this summer! Our Adult Ballet classes are also available twice a week for twice the fun! Grab your fellow moms and try a class for free!
Coming in July we're celebrating our Freedom to Dance with our annual Free to Dance Day on Wednesday, July 1st! This afternoon long event is free for everyone so you can be FREE to have the afternoon off! More details coming soon.
Save the date for our Super Dance Camp Week July 14th-17th! Every day a new theme, a new adventure in dance!
Give yourself a vacation from juggling summer classes, camps and programs. We're here to make your summer a BREEZE! Check our schedule today for class days and times.
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!