Ways to Make Your Dance Teacher Smile!

Hi Everyone!

At ABDC, we have a fantastic team of teachers who love and support you, and are jazzed (see what I did there??) about seeing you in class every week!  Behind the scenes, they are spending hours editing your recital music, choosing costumes, coming up with choreography and planning lessons.  The time you spend with them in class barely scratches the surface of all the time they put in to making sure you have the best possible dance experience!  Here are a few ways to make them smile 🙂

  • Be prepared for class!  Nothing makes us dance teachers happier then when you come into the studio dressed to dance-hair up, shoes on, and positive attitude at the ready!  Running a few minutes late?  It happens!  Please take off your coat, put your hair up, and shoes on in the lobby and then sneak into class as quietly as possible!  Running full speed into the studio yelling “sorry I’m late” while running across the room to throw your Starbucks cup in the trash distracts everyone (and usually makes us teachers forget what we were doing….oohhhh I remember!  Pliés, guys)
  • Show us that you’ve practiced!  The new step we’ve been working on, your recital choreography, even just remembering where you stood in that last formation we did.  It makes us SOO happy to see that you took the time to practice at home, because guess what?  We did too!
  • Move with purpose!  We can get so much more done if everyone does this.  (Meaning more time for freeze dance, you little Monday maniacs!) . This means if your teacher says “okay guys, can you go to your first spot for your dance?”…..you go there!  With purpose.  Not like “first I’m going to tell my friend what I had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day this week and then I’m going to retie my shoe six times and then I’ll show you my impression of a sloth.”
  • Listen while we’re talking!  We have some knowledge to share.  Plus some funny stories, I promise.
  • Answer our questions!  Please?  There is nothing harder than trying to guess what a room full of teenagers is thinking.  Well, maybe herding cats.  Or trying to get your dog to sit still for a photo.  But still, it’s hard.  So if we ask “any questions?” it’s because we want to know if you have any questions.  If you don’t, a simple “nope” is grand!  But staring back at us without saying anything while we try to Jedi-mind-trick our way into your brains makes our brains hurt.
  • Please tell us before class if you have a headache, a stomachache, are having a horrible day, or broke your foot.  We promise we won’t be mad.  But if we don’t know, we’re going to tell you to point your feet, and then when you finally tell us “I can’t, my foot is broken” we feel really bad.  You understand.

Last, but not least…..the number one way you can make your teacher smile?  Say “thank you!” after class!  It doesn’t go unnoticed, I promise you!  Jazz hands are good too.

Happy Dancing!

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Eden’s Favorite Dance Movies

Hi Dancers!

When the weather gets snowy and cold, it’s time to snuggle inside and watch dance movies!  Anyone else with me?  A cup of cocoa, a big blanket, dance movies-nothing could be better! Here’s a list of my favorites!

Favorite Movie Musicals-to get you singing, dancing, and channeling your inner movie star!

  • High School Musical (if you haven’t seen this one yet, watch it before you see our awesome competition team production number!)
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers-okay guys-I’ll be the first to admit, the plot to this one has not held up.  But the dance scenes are incredible!  I mean Jacques D’Amboise, c’mon (what??? you don’t know who that is??? Google.)
  • Grease-need I say more.
  • Hairspray-because…Zac Efron
  • Singing in the Rain-because Gene Kelly is even more amazing than Zac Efron.
  • Top Hat
  • Chicago
  • West Side Story
  • White Christmas (if you haven’t seen this, watch it next holiday season.  It’s one of my favs)

Dance movies (non-musical)

  • Center Stage
  • Save the Last Dance
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Footloose
  • Happy Feet
  • Fame
  • The Nutcracker (did you guys know you can watch this on Netflix??? Game changer)

Documentaries

  • Born to Be Wild (I could watch this all day every day)
  • First Position
  • Alive and Kicking
  • Falling Down Stairs

There are so many more, I’d love to hear some of your favorites!  What’s your favorite dance movie?  Also-I own a few of the ones I’ve listed above, let me know if you’d like to borrow any!

Happy Dancing!

Turn Out, Tune Up!

Hi Dancers and Happy New Year!  I am so excited for 2019 and all the new challenges and adventures it will bring!

Today I want to talk to you about something new we’re doing this year called “Turn Out, Tune Up Check Ins!”  Each dancer will receive a “check in” for each class they are currently enrolled in with notes from their teacher on things like technique, attitude, etc.  We are hoping these check in’s will help establish open communication between students and teachers, and give our students a focus for the second half of the year.  Here’s a bit more info on the thinking behind this!

Why are we doing these?

These evaluations will give our teachers the opportunity to give each student personalized feedback that we hope will guide them as we enter the second half of the dance year.  It gives students the chance to check in and reflect on their progress thus far, and will open the channel of communication between the student and the teacher to discuss their goals and how our teachers can help them reach those goals!  It also gives dance parents a chance to see this feedback as well, since they’re not in class with us every week!

What will these check ins look like?

For each class, you’ll receive some comments from your teacher on attitude/classroom behavior (which includes things like dress code, classroom etiquette, etc), and technique/skill (specific or more general things to work on in class).  Please free to discuss these with your teacher if you’re unclear on what they mean, or want more guidance on how to work on the things mentioned!  If you have specific goals for yourself and your dancing, we’d love to hear those too!

What should we do when we receive these check ins?

You’ll receive your check in forms in the mail at the end of January/early February!  If you’d like, you can discuss them with your teacher if you have any questions, or if you want to ask for any guidance.  We ask that you please do not share these with your classmates as these are intended for you alone.  Each student progresses at a different rate based on a huge number of factors and no two students are alike!  We do not want our students to compare or compete with each other, instead we hope our students will continue to support each other, encourage each other, and build each other up.  Thank you for understanding!

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!  Happy Dancing!