Are you doing that ballet bun the right way?
Is it the most #excellent ballet bun?
There’s lots of new tools to help make the perfect ballet bun every time. Check out this video from a former Jeanne’s Dancer & Teacher Miss Chandler for her tips on getting a perfect ballet bun – old school! (You know, in case the dog chews up the brand new hair donut you just bought!) And don’t forget to take a peek at all our ballet classes we offer. From our precious Princess Ballerinas (ages 2-7) to our Youth (ages 8-17) and Adult Ballet programs, with your bun done just right you’ll have practically perfect plie’s in no time!
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!
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--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 :)
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!