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 :)
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!