What is Age-Appropriate Movement?

Why is it so important that Studio One Dance Center offers age-appropriate movement for its students?  Because your child’s safety depends on it!

Safe movements for young dancers are dependent on their ages and rate of physical growth.  For example, growth plates in the skeleton—the growing tissues that help bones become strong—don’t reach full maturity until a child’s teen years. 

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This is one reason why an eight-year-old dancer will still be introduced to age-appropriate movements even if she has been dancing for six years.  Studio One Dance Center’s instructors understand that certain skills may not be safe for her to practice just yet.

To develop proper technique and a love for dance, we help all of our students build a strong dance foundation over time.  

At Studio One Dance Center, we take pride in knowing that our teaching methods must include different approaches for different ages. Our faculty take great care in their teacher education to learn how to instruct children of all ages with the most-relevant tools and resources.  Our curricula allow us to ensure the pace of learning is just right at each level.

Here are some examples you may notice from your child’s class:

  • With little dancers, we focus on developing gross motor skills, such as marching, galloping, and hopping—not intricate technique

  • Our younger dancers also work on non-locomotor movements such as bending, turning, stretching, and balancing on one foot 

  • Since the muscles that support a child’s hip joints are still developing, we never force a child’s “turnout” (the rotated position many dance steps are performed from)

  • As our dancers grow, we introduce strength and flexibility exercises only at developmentally-appropriate times 

  • We ensure our dancers of all ages know to never overstretch their muscles, either in class or when they stretch on their own time

Your child’s safe physical development in dance is a top priority in our classrooms, and it is a privilege for us to be a part of their personal growth in the classroom.  We appreciate your trust in us as we help your child progress in dance, step by step!  

Beating the Back-to-School Blues

“But I’m too tired!”

It’s that time of year again!  School is back in session and after-school activities abound, meaning “I’m too tired” can become a frequent refrain from the backseat of your car.

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It’s not uncommon for us to hear about young dancers who fall asleep on the way to class during the first month or so of school.  Getting used to a new schedule is not easy! Some children won’t be shy about stating how tired they are after school is out; others just feel a little grouchy by the time dance class rolls around. 

What can you do to help turn this feeling around (and end your own exasperation)?  In our experience at Studio One Dance Center, the suggestions included here have the potential to completely bust those back-to-school blues!

  • Create a fun “going-to-dance” ritual.  Whether it’s the music you jam out to on the way to class each week, or a family pizza night afterward, a special ritual can always perk up the day.  The routine built around attending dance class can have a tremendous impact on your child’s ability to adapt to their new schedule.

  • Offer gentle, consistent reassurance.  While we all know that logic doesn’t always fly with children, sometimes they feel better just knowing you understand and are there for them.  Remind them that feeling tired after school is normal, and that the feeling will get better over time. Let them know that you’re proud of them for making an effort.

  • Be prepared with water and snacks!  Children who are well-hydrated and who’ve had a light snack before dance class feel more refreshed and ready to move.  They have the energy they need to enjoy the experience and retain what they’ve learned.

If there is a “best part” about the back-to-school blues, it’s that they are temporary.  At Studio One Dance Center, we know that this period of time will soon become a distant memory, one replaced with the refrain of “Is it time to go to dance class yet?”  Consider yourself warned!

Congratulations!  You’re Officially a Dance Parent!

Welcome to the club, dance moms and dads!  Now that you’ve formally signed your child up for lessons and you’ve gotten all the pertinent information about the SODC dance season, you are officially a dance parent at Studio One Dance Center!  

Being a dance parent here is a little bit like being in a secret society; there’s this new lingo to learn and a whole culture that you are now a part of.  Here’s the inside scoop on what you need to know for your new status as a Studio One Dance Center dance mom or dad:

Study up on your dancewear vocab.  A leotard is the form-fitting bodysuit that dancers wear to class, and tights are worn underneath (kinda like pantyhose).  Ballet shoes are usually pink and should fit snugly on your child’s feet; don’t buy them with room to grow!  Tap shoes are the noisy ones, and jazz shoes look a little like slip-on ballet shoes, except with a small heel. Be sure to stop by the studio so you purchase the correct brand of shoes. This is important!

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Practice how to do a bun.  A bun is the hairstyle for all classes (expect hip hop wears ponytails), as it allows students to move freely without getting hair in their face.  A quick Google or YouTube search will give you oodles of tutorials to choose from—or just ask us!  

Pack a dance bag.  Dance shoes, a water bottle, extra dancewear, and hair supplies … all of these things belong in your child’s dance bag.  (Avoid allowing your child to wear their dance shoes outside; it’s damaging.)  Be sure to label everything with your child’s name or initials! We have a lost and found if you misplace any items.

Learn about the recital.  At Studio One Dance Center, we offer an opportunity every year for our students to perform.  The recital, as it’s commonly known, is when each class performs a routine onstage and in costume, and family and friends watch the show from the audience.  Stay tuned all year to our emails and handouts for all the need-to-know recital info!

Introduce yourself to the other parents.  We love building a community of like-minded moms and dads who understand our culture and enjoy having their children involved in dance.  Our super-friendly dance parents are some of the best people we know, so we encourage you to introduce yourself in the lobby.  Share stories, find carpools, plan playdates, or ask about their personal experiences at Studio One Dance Center.  

Being a dance parent is pretty awesome but being a dance parent at Studio One Dance Center is even better!  We hope this primer serves you well and helps you feel welcome at the studio.  We’re glad you’re here!

Preparing for Your Child’s First Dance Class

Your child’s first dance class at Studio One Dance Center is on the calendar and it’s all your child can talk about … what they’re going to wear, who they’re going to meet, what they’re going to do.  It’s seemingly endless anticipation!

We know how exciting it is for you and your child to get ready for their first dance class.  Sometimes it can feel a little overwhelming too—like learning a whole new “dance language” for this new adventure!  Rest assured that the feeling is normal, and we’re here to make sure you feel informed and organized for that first class.  Check out our easy recommendations for being as prepared as possible for the big day:

2-4 weeks before:

  • Read through Studio One Dance Center’s policies and dress code

  • Obtain the correct dancewear and shoes which are conveniently available at our studio

  • Check the schedule to confirm your child’s class day and time

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1-2 weeks before:

  • Talk with your child about what it will be like to listen to the teacher and meet new friends

  • Practice getting dressed for dance class

  • Practice putting your child’s hair in a bun 

On the day of:

  • Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early so your child doesn’t feel rushed

  • Plan on using the restroom before class begins

  • The first few weeks of class many parents will be in the building and the hallways may be crowded.  This does subside within a few weeks. 

  • Leave any jewelry or toys at home

  • Pack your child’s dance shoes (labeled with their name) in a bag so they are not worn outside 

Remember that your child might feel anxious before the first class, and that’s OK!  Our teachers will put them at ease and make sure they feel welcome in the studio. Keep reassuring your little one that it’s normal to feel nervous before trying something new, and that you’re proud of them for making the effort.

In our experience at Studio One Dance Center, most students take time to “warm-up” to the routine of coming to dance class, and it may take them a few weeks to feel completely comfortable.  Some students, of course, jump right in with no hesitation! We love them all the same and are equipped to support them either way. No matter what, we look forward to seeing your little one in class soon!

Why is the SODC Dress Code Important?

It’s a common question to hear from our SODC dance parents and students alike: What purpose does the dress code actually serve?  We’re glad you asked! Studio One Dance Center’s dress code was established for a few very important reasons:

  • Safety

The number one factor in establishing a dress code is for all students’ safety in class.  A basic leotard and tights, along with hair pulled back and the appropriate shoes, ensures that there are no extraneous clothes or jewelry that can become hazardous.  The dress code also helps teachers see that students are using the right muscles and alignment in order to learn the correct movements in class.  

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  • Modesty

At Studio One Dance Center, we want every student to feel good about trying his or her best in class.  Following the dress code helps us make sure that everyone is appropriately covered ... but not so covered that their movement is restricted!  We know that kids can sometimes feel self-conscious, and we want to encourage their confidence by helping them feel comfortable with what they wear in the studio. 

  • Respect

A dress code is one way students show respect for their peers and their teachers.  It demonstrates an understanding of how a dance class operates, with minimal distractions and the ability to move easily for any combination of steps or choreography.  It shows that the students are prepared to learn and are willing to save their fashion statements for outside of class.

  • Practicality

Because leotards and tights also often serve as a versatile base layer for costuming, it makes sense that students become accustomed to them during class time.  Just as swimmers wear swimsuits and basketball players wear jerseys, dancers wear leotards and tights to have the freedom of movement required to practice correctly and efficiently.

Everyone benefits with the dress code in place: dancers can learn comfortably and instructors can teach efficiently!  At Studio One Dance Center, we take pride in our dress code and are happy to help you with questions at any time.

For more information on our dress code pleas click here.

Elite Company Teams

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SODC Elite Company Teams

The award winning SODC Elite Company is comprised of talented and dedicated dancers who share a passion for the art of dance and dance performance. The Company strives to expose it's dancers to the highest level of instruction while giving them additional performing and competing opportunities throughout the year. 

Members must dance at an intermediate or advanced level in a variety of dance styles and exhibit superior performing skills. The Elite Company Teams are constucted by teacher invitation only. Rising Stars is the only team students can audition for. Rising Stars audition in April each year. Placement in Elite Company is made by the Company Directors. This process is done over the course of a dance year by observing the students during class. Any student wishing to transfer to Studio One from another studio will be evaluated on a case by case basis and may be invited to dance with the company.

If a student is invited to dance with Elite Company, that invitation is for one year only. The current student should exemplify technical and emotional growth throughout their dance year in order to receive an invitation for the following dance year.

The Elite Dance Company of Studio One Dance Center is a select group of dancers in an advanced learning environment that use their talents to praise the Lord. The Elite Dance Company is committed to pursuing excellence in the art of dance. By being servant leaders, the Elite Dance Company members will represent Studio One at dance competitions, conventions, and community events.

Adult Ballet

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Adult Ballet

Adult ballet classes offer the art of dance for beginners through advanced levels. Classes promote technique, fitness and self-confidence for women and men. Ballet is the basis of all other dance forms.  This one-hour class teaches students grace as well as being a great work out! Our classes are based on classical ballet technique but also have times for self expression and creativity. 

Musical Theater

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 7-18 Years - Musical Theater

Musical Theater is the art of singing, acting, and dancing. Classes will include instruction in voice and musical theater dance technique to Broadway music. This class is an hour long and an excellent opportunity for students to prepare for school or community theater auditions as well as developing confidence and stage presence in young dancers.

Kids Dance 1

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5-8 Years Tap, Ballet & Jazz - Kids Dance 1

This is a 90-minute dance class that consists of 30 minutes each tap, ballet, and jazz.  In Kids Dance 1, jazz is introduced for the first time for most of the students and brings a whole new level of excitement to dance class! In ballet, dancing at the barre is introduced, and for tap, counting and finding rhythm are main goals.