One of the questions I get most often is a form of, “What should I be doing at home to make her practice more?” The answer is nothing.

I think it’s easy as a parent, and as an educator, to forget how young these students actually are. They truly don’t need a lot of “homework”. At this age they are like little sponges,  and they learn at a rapid rate. The goal at this point in their dance education is to make learning fun. This will help to encourage them to dance for years to come (if he/she chooses) and prevent burnout.

A lot of parents are surprised to hear that it might not be the best idea to ask your dancer to “show me what you learned in ballet today”.  They can’t always remember what they learned because we only spend a brief amount of time on each activity. Another dance educator stated, “It would be like taking a foreign language class without a book or notes and the entire class is taught in the foreign language.”  That being said, after they have been in the class for awhile, they will naturally start to share things with you at home.  If you continue to ask and they don’t know the answer they will start to think they aren’t learning or aren’t pleasing you. Be patient! They will learn and be happy to share these dances and ideas with you.

If your child is the type who wants to practice at home, let him/her! Put on some music and let your child dance however the music moves them. Perhaps even allow them to be the teacher. They’ll be glad to teach you what they know and you will get a sneak peek into what they are learning in class. Dancing is such a fun and magical experience at this age. By placing too many expectations on the young child, we often take some of the joy out of the process.

At Studio Go we want to provide resources to help with the learning process. We are currently working on and developing the Parent Portal, which will have useful information and tools to help your little one grow outside of class. But, you guessed it, we’ll be sure to make it fun!

Sit back, relax, and rest assured that your little one is learning in dance class. I’ll venture to say that you’ll be quite impressed when you see what he/she has accomplished at our end of the year recitals!

 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Intelligence plus character-that is the true goal of education.”

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We couldn’t agree more at Studio Go, and it is a core part of our mission statement. While learning dance (as well as anything else in life) is very important, we think there’s an equally important component of building character. This is why we don’t simply teach dance, we seek to create a fun, caring environment for kids to be themselves and learn important life lessons.

We learn to use our “watching eyes” and “listening ears”, to be respectful of our friends and wait our turn. We learn to say “please” and “thank you”, and we learn how to be patient, use kind words, and how to work as team.

Thank you for giving Studio Go the opportunity to teach your child plies and tendus, and for also giving us the opportunity to help shape little beings who are more well-rounded and compassionate. From our family to yours, Happy MLK Day!

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If seeing your little one look adorable in a tutu weren’t enough reason to have your child in dance, studies show that dancing is great for the brain. Sure, we’ve always known the physical advantages of being a dancer, but studies also suggest it is wonderful for learning and intelligence as well.

Dancing and memorizing movements actually helps improve muscle memory. In addition, the same study has proven that dancers get less dizzy than non-dancers. Dancing actually helps balance, which in turn makes individuals less dizzy. At Studio Go, we’re well aware of all of the benefits of dance, but if you’d like to read a bit about a few of the cognitive benefits, check out this article on Psychology Today:

Why Is Dancing So Good for Your Brain?

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Here’s to a New Year and new beginnings. We are so excited to get started on this adventure. For those of you just stopping by, we’re not quite “new”. As most of you know, we’ve been operating under another name for quite sometime. A lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears have gone into launching a “new” business in quite a short period of time. I think I speak for all of us here at Studio Go when I say we are ecstatic to mix it up a bit.

What does this mean to you? Don’t worry, most things will stay the same, but we are making some changes for the better. Here are just a few things:

  • Easier to navigate website
  • Custom CRM system (English, please? That means an easier and safer way for you to pay, a parent portal, etc)
  • Lower annual registration fee, as well as lowered returned payment fee
  • Payments aren’t late until the 16th, which gives you 5 extra days to pay
  • Ability to contact your child’s teacher directly without going through the office, which means more accessible staff and better customer service
  • Progress reports to keep you updated on how your little dancer is doing in class
  • Text message alerts for important information, such as cancellations, recitals, etc.
  • Social Media presence: want to see what your child is learning in class? Great- head on over to Instagram and see him/her in action!
  • Parent Portal: this is still in progress, but will allow you to see your entire account history, receive automated newsletters for class, see pictures and videos of your child, and access to downloadable material.
  • Option to buy or borrow your child’s recital costume

Please note that our website is still in beta mode, so if you have any issues, please let us know and we will work to address them as quickly as possible. Our commitment to your children is the core of our mission statement. We are so happy to wake up and do what we love, and we can’t wait to share that love with your children. Thank you for your continued support.

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From the Studio Go family to yours, Happy New Year!

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