Happy Fall! Studio Go is excited to announce our Book of the Month edition for the blog. We all know how much young children love storytime, so we’ve decided to help out parents with a fun monthly reading suggestion that your little dancer is sure to love!

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This month’s featured book is “Vampirina Ballerina”. With Halloween right around the corner, this is a great book to get everyone in the Halloween spirit while learning about ballet. The book is about a vampire who wants to be a ballerina. She faces lots of challenges: classes have to be at night and she can’t see her reflection in the mirror. She also has a bad case of stage fright! Vampirina Ballerina also teaches us about classroom etiquette and perseverance, which happen to be the Studio Go monthly theme’s of September and October.

If you’re looking for a book to read, you can’t go wrong with “Vampirina Ballerina”. Enjoy and let us know what you think!

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Autumn is here! Can you believe it?! I don’t know about you, but autumn is my favorite season! I’m so excited that all of our classes for Studio Go have officially started! With the beginning of our classes, it’s important for all of our students to know how to behave appropriately in class, to their teachers, and their fellow students. That’s why this month’s class theme is…Manners and Etiquette!

At the beginning of each of my classes, we all go over our class rules and respectful behaviors. Some of the points we go over include how and where to sit in class, using our listening ears, turning off our talking mouths, and treating one another with respect.

To give you a little sneak peak, here’s what a typical start of class sounds like:
Ms. Lindsey: “When the music is playing, you should be…?”
Students: “Dancing!”
Ms. Lindsey: “When your friends are dancing, you should be…?”
Students: “Watching!”
Ms. Lindsey: “When your friends are finished dancing and have curtsied, what should you do?”
Students: “Clap for them!”
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All of these, and more, are teaching your ballerinas how to behave in a ballet class, and how treat their fellow dancers with respect. So feel free to quiz your dancer on some ballet etiquette at home!

Your students have also received a fun coloring sheet to help them practice their class etiquette after they leave!

Enjoy the autumn breeze!
Ms. Lindsey

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As I sit by the pool and soak up the last few summer days before we, Studio Go, officially start, I’m thinking to myself how excited I am to have my job. People ask me all the time if I like what I do, and honestly I can’t think of anything better. I love to work with children because they are joy in the purest form! I love the smiles on their faces when I pick each of them up from class. It really makes me sad that I only have them for 45 minutes once a week.
Ms. Toi

This is Studio Go’s first official Fall season and we are all very excited to get back to teaching your little ones. I know that I am elated to be back at work! I’ve washed every scarf, sanitized the sticks and beanbags, bought more colorful and decorative tape, and found some new tutus! Back to school is just as fun for us as it is for the students.

I’ve really been making sure I keep up with everything to stay up-to-date. I’ve been binge watching all Disney and Nick Jr. Shows. Inside Out and Minions were a summer must! I’ve downloaded all new movie and show related music. I’m fully prepped and ready for this semester!

And can you feel that breeze? Fall is coming and ballet is almost in full swing! Can you believe that we were just trying to escape the 100 plus degree weather? I can, mostly because my electric bill reminded me that there was no real way to escape the heat!

See you in class,
Ms. Toi

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Yes, it’s that time again. If you’re like us, you’re asking yourself, “How is this possible?”

Cobb County started on Monday, Atlanta Public Schools started back today, and Fulton, Dekalb, Gwinnett and others are following next week. It’s official; summer is over!

As a parent this can bring a lot of mixed emotions. If your child is joining us this school year, not only does he/she have school to get used to, but also a new after-school activity. It’s our goal to make sure this transition is as seamless as possible, and to ensure your child is having a great time!

PBS has a great article with tips to ensure you’re helping your child have a seamless transition:

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Studio Go utilizes many of the same tactics as well. For instance:

-Meeting the teacher: Our teachers always try to be at a location’s open house. This way your child can meet his/her teacher and feel comfortable. If for some reason the teacher is teaching at that time, your location doesn’t have an open house, or you couldn’t make it, we send a welcome packet. Part of this has a picture of your child’s teacher, as well as her contact information. We understand that the parents don’t always get to meet the teacher in this type of program. Therefore, we always want you to have a friendly face to put with a name.

-Familiarity: Luckily, our classes our held in the comfort and familiarity of your child’s school. This is half the battle of helping them feel comfortable. In addition, we try to put students in classes with familiar faces (when possible) in order to make everyone happy.

-Downtime: At many locations our classes run through the summer. We think it’s important to have a small break in-between the two sessions. Even if it’s just a week, it allows the children the reset and get acclimated to a new school year.

-Being prepared: How exciting it is for little ones to get their first dance outfit! We give you all of the information that you need in order to be ready for that first dance class. In addition, we also sell dancewear on our website that ships directly to you.

We hope that you enjoyed the article and tips for a successful back to school transition. We can’t wait to get started and look forward to a wonderful year of dance!

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As I sit at home on a rainy Sunday after 5 recitals today (and 4 yesterday), I’m humbled and thankful…and maybe a little exhausted. Another successful recital season is almost complete. While I’ve been doing this for several years, this is our first season as Studio Go, and it’s hard to quantify how much that means.GoddardRecital

 

This has been quite the year, and I’m so thankful for all of those people who have helped along the way. First and foremost, I need to give a shout out to Todd, my supportive husband, who none of this would be possible without. From supporting our family when I first started years ago and wasn’t giving myself paychecks, to building a website in a matter of weeks (all while working full-time and also being involved in a side startup), and most importantly, believing in me. Then there’s everyone else who has helped in this adventure: the schools who supported us throughout this transition, the parents who trust and allow us to educate their children, the teachers at the school who help us change the ballerinas, deliver messages to the parents, and always have our back. The friends who were there with their support (and quite often a glass of wine) when things got stressful, and the students whose faces light up when we walk in the door and run and tackle us. Then there’s my staff. Toi, Cameron, Lindsey, Ashely, and Bri, Studio Go wouldn’t be anything without these ladies. Thank you for sharing your gifts, passion, and love with this company and the next generation of dancers.NUMCHappyFaces

Recital season and the end of the year is quite exhausting. There’s the long hours, hard work, and stress, staggering amounts of phone calls and emails, scheduling photographers, 35 recitals in a 2 week period, rushing all over the metro area to help out at various locations, and a whole lot more. However, it’s worth every second. Seeing the excitement in our student’s eyes, the parents laugh and cry, and how much the kids have grown since the beginning is worth all of the exhaustion.

I can say with confidence that this was the best recital season yet. The performances were amazing, the feedback has been exceptional, and it was actually a lot of fun. I’ve seen moms cry tears of joy, heard countless comments on my wonderful staff and how well the performances went, and have enjoyed hearing parent’s stories about little girls who want to be ballerinas/ballet teachers when they grow up. We have so many exciting things to announce for the upcoming year, but for right now, I just want to focus on and appreciate the present. There’s so much to be grateful for. EllieandLeah

Words can’t express the emotions that I’m feeling right now, but I can tell you it feels really good to be wrapping up another great year and our first season as Studio Go. To all of our customers, partners, and friends, thank you.

 

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