Learning to dance offers a wealth of opportunities for children. Dance Classes offer a fun way for your child to learn balance, coordination, fitness and to work with their peers in a disciplined, structured environment.
Whether you are enrolling your child in dance class or looking for instruction for yourself, it is important to factor in the cost of proper dance apparel into your budget. Many new dance students do not realize just how important it is to wear the right clothes, but proper attire will be critical to your success in class and beyond.
One of the most important things to think about when signing your son or daughter up for dance classes is that all apparel should be age appropriate and tasteful. That means no bare midriffs, no bare legs and absolutely no bra tops. Dance class should be something special, and the clothes your young dancer chooses should reflect the seriousness of the training they are about to receive.
So just what is appropriate for dance class, and which items of clothing should be on your pre-class shopping list? The answer to that question is somewhat complicated, since every type of dance has its own preferred uniform. Here are a few tips for choosing age appropriate and tasteful outfits for the young dancer in your life.
Legacy Winter Holiday:
Thursday – December 22nd – Winter Holiday Begins
Monday – January 2nd – Classes Resume
Showcase Costumes are being ordered and on their way to Legacy!! Please stay tuned for information pertaining to Showcase Picture Day, Community Performances, and more in 2017.
During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible. It is in this spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for the holidays and New Year.
Wicked Master Class with Lauren Haughton who’s on tour with WICKED!!
Monday January 16 – No Public School that Day
10:00-11:30 Ages 8-11
12:00-1:30 Ages 12 and up (Discussion at 11:30) $25 Per Student *Includes 1 Class and Discussion
SIGN UP AND PAY AT THE FRONT DESK TODAY!
SWEET HEART BALL PERFORMANCE – FEBRUARY 4TH – HILTON BEACH SIDE – DAYTONA BEACH
The Legacy Stars and Legacy Dancers will be performing at this event! The theme is Oh La La and we can’t wait to WOW them with our French inspired performances!
NEW SHOWCASE PRE-SALE TICKET PRICES!!
Tickets will be Pre-Sold beginning April 15th, 2017. Pre-Sale will be ONLINE ONLY THROUGH TUTU TIX . **Offer ends on May 15th, 2017.
Tickets Sales Begin: Saturday, April 15th 2017 – 9:00am ONLINE ONLY
$20 Per Adult $15 Per Child
Free Admission for Children Not Requiring a Seat (2 and under)
*Offer ends on May 15th, 2017.
**Beginning May 15th, 2017 – Until Show
$22 per Adult $17 Per Child
***June 10th AT SHOW – $25 at the Door
Our 2nd Annual Showcase will be at the News Journal Center in Daytona Beach on Saturday, June 10th 2017 at 7pm. The News Journal Center is one of Daytona’s top theater facilities for Dance Performances and we can’t wait to see Legacy Dancers SHINE on stage!
You can expect to be wowed with with our 2nd Annual Showcase, The Places You’ll Go! Worldly soundtracks, Patriotic Tributes, beautiful costumes and pure entertainment as you become a part of The Places You’ll Go.
Dancers will be performing dazzling routines from around the World. Look forward to seeing The Russian Trepak from the Nutcracker, Can Can Girls, and the Conga! Back in America you can expect to travel down Route 66, to Las Vegas, New York City and Proud to be An American with Our Patriotic Ballet! This high energy show will be sure to have you dancing in your seat.
Concession will be open during intermission for your enjoyment and convenience.
NEW PRE SALE TICKET PRICES!! Tickets will be Pre-Sold beginning April 15th, 2017. Pre Sale will be ONLINE ONLY THROUGH TUTU TIX . **Offer ends on May 15th, 2017.
As we begin the New Year, Legacy Dancers will be learning new steps, polishing their technique and starting Showcase choreography. New technique and steps will be taught each week along with sections of choreography to ensure dancers are gaining strength and finishing their pieces on time for our May Community Performances.
Bring a Friend Pajama Week at Legacy! December 5th – December 9th
Bring a Friend and Dress up in your favorite PJ’s over your dance clothes to Dance Class!
If you friend registers and pays for 1 month of Dance Class, you will receive a $20 Referral Credit.
The studio will be closed for Thanksgiving Break Beginning Tuesday, November 22nd.
Classes Resume, Monday November 28th.
Hope this season is filled with lots of happiness and joy, wealth, and prosperity. May your home be filled with love on this wonderful occasion. Happy Thanksgiving.
THE PLACES YOU’LL GO…LEGACY SHOWCASE 2017
SAVE THE DATE: June 9th and 10th, 2017 – News Journal Center
Costume Deposits, please pay separate cash or check to: The Legacy Dance Studio
- Costume Deposits and Remaining Balance DUE: December 10th
We cannot under any circumstances, refund money for costumes once they are ordered.
*If FULL payment is not received by December 10th, your child will not have a costume ordered. Please store each costume and its accessories together in a safe place.
$75.00 Includes ONE Costume
$135.00 Includes TWO Costumes
$210.00 Includes THREE Costumes
$290.00 Includes FOUR Costumes
$365.00 Includes FIVE Costumes
Legacy Stars had a great time performing at the New Smyrna Beach Showdolls’ Show. They are busily learning choreography and getting ready for their next performances at Bethune Cookman University and Volusia County Dances to benefit Florida Diabetes Camp. Please wish Senior, Olivia Lindfors, well wishes as she auditions for FSU and USF’s Dance Programs.
Save the Date
December 4th at 2:00pm. Legacy Dancers AND Parents will be participating in the Christmas Parade again this year. The theme is “Christmas Characters.” Legacy will be representing our spirit as Elves this year! Wear your favorite green elf ensemble with red accents to show your spirit! More information coming soon!
Thank You for Being Part of The Legacy Family!
Whether this is your first performance or your 100th, it’s important to exhibit proper backstage etiquette always while at a backstage at a performance. Most teachers have their own take on backstage rules and conduct. Below are some general ideas to help make your performances run smoothly.
Don’t mess with other others belongings, costumes or props
This can be expected backstage at any type of performance. You NEVER touch other’s belongings. This can lead to misplacement of important costuming or props that can and will delay the performance. If personal items are misplacing, this can also leave a window for items to get broken or damaged, again causing delay in the performance and upsetting people.
Remain in your designated area
Although you may be familiar with backstage area, it is important to remain in your designated area always. It may be tempting to go into a friend’s dressing area, but to keep chaos to a minimum – please stay with your group. Instructors have a lot of kids to keep track of and staying in your designated area will help them keep all students accounted for. If you are not in your area, this could lead to missing entrances or causing others to miss theirs.
Focus and keep socializing to a minimum
There is a lot of excitement and energy at a performance. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement with your friends backstage causing noise levels to rise, creating a distracting environment for those around you. It is important to save your energy for the performance and celebrate AFTER a successful show! Bring your music to practice, a book to read or stretch quietly to conserve your energy.
Keep Quiet Backstage
It is very tempting to chat backstage while waiting your turn to perform, however, it’s very disrespectful to fellow dancers on stage. Backstage is not the place to go over choreography, ask questions or have conversations. Always remember if you can see the audience, they can see you.
Be responsible for yourself, and yourself alone
Everyone is expected to be responsible for themselves. Teachers or those in authority are to take care of any disorderly students. If you notice someone has missed an important direction, calmly let them know and move on. When you worry about what others are doing, it distracts from your own cues, costume changes and entrances.
Lastly, it is of most importance to be respectful and courteous during a performance. This is applicable to teachers, parents, volunteers and students. By the time it is ShowTime, you should know who is designated to help. If you are asked to quiet down, line up or any other common questions to help things go smoothly, just do it. Arguing and attitude will NOT help the situation. If there is a direction given to you that sounds off, you can ask politely to double check you are following the correct instructions.
Dance technique can be found in every style of dance, whether it’s ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary or hip hop. Leaps, Turns and Tricks Class puts the emphasis on technique by working to improve pirouettes, leaps, turn sequences and more!
Dance technique is required for many pirouettes and jump sequences. Below are some tricks and tips that enrich overall technique and strength.
Repetition: Dance classes are planned around repetition, utilizing combinations and pathways in the dancer’s body to create proper application of muscle memory. Per Merriam Webster, muscle memory is the ability to repeat a bodily movement exactly. This is a vital part of learning to dance with strong and safe technique. Creating the wrong pathways leads to poor muscle memory, injury and subsequently, bad technique.
Pirouettes: Finding the correct position for your pirouette in releve balance requires a strong core and body alignment. Balances in passé, parallel passé, and coupe are the most common positions to work on for pirouettes. Planks, Pilates Abs and Crunches before working on balances in Leaps and Turns Class activates the core muscles and prepares the dancer for optimal technique. Add in flat backs and V-sits to engage the back muscles as a bonus. Dancers must keep the spine in line and straight, core pressed in, and a strong passé/coupe position while practicing balances. Pressing down through the shoulders, rounded arms in 1st and your highest releve are key to proper pirouette position.
Balon: Balon is the ballet terminology for gaining height in leaps. The name was inspired by French ballet danseur Claude Balon, who was known for performing exceptionally light leaps. When working on ballon, it is important to engage through the core, tighten the rear and press down through the shoulders. Often, a breath in as you leap can make a big difference. Whether it’s a leap of a jump, you want to make sure your plie pushes through the floor with your toes being the last thing to push off the floor and the first thing to land as you roll through the landing into plie.
Dance technique is constantly changing and growing, pushing dancers to their limits. The most important thing is make sure your instructor is pushing you in the all the right ways to not help grow your strength and technique, to be the best dancer you can be.
Legacy is offering a variety of Pre School Dance Classes for ages 3-4 years old.
We are an open enrollment dance studio featuring ballet and tumbling dance disciplines that is sure to be a FUN way to introduce your little one to dance.
Pre School Dance classes require structure. Each class will begin with circle time, incorporate taking turns, standing in line and other skills that require students to follow directions. Dancers will learn creative movement along with proper ballet and tap terminology.
With structure and expectations set, the foundation is there to introduce new movement and emphasize creativity. Every few weeks, a new pattern or step is introduced. Learning new ways to move from place to place exposes your child to a variety of motor skills, such as skipping, hopping, jumping, leaping and galloping.
Balance skills are practiced in circle time during ballet warm up during plies, releves, tendus and port de bras, all requiring students to move around their vertical and horizontal axis. Tap class will provide opportunities to establish rhythm and musicality, weight changing and patterns.
Classes offered on Monday Evenings, Tuesday mornings and Thursdays Early Afternoon!
See the Class Schedule here!!
Pre school dance classes builds the foundations of movement, not only for dance, but any endeavor requiring coordination, agility and balance.
Register online today!
It’s fairly simple to see if a child likes to dance. From a young age they will begin to move to the music, bop to the beat or even break out in full dance in the middle of the living room! Starting a weekly dance class is a great way to introduce your child to formal dance classes. Formal dance training begins with discipline, creativity, physical dexterity and overall concentration – while still holding on to the creativity and freedom that is present in young movers.
Dance requires stamina, flexibility, strength and coordination. The cardiovascular benefits of dancing begin during warm up as the body begins a series of movement for a prolonged period of time. Some dance styles require small bursts of energy, most incorporate some form of weight bearing strength exercises and stretching. You can expect to see work outs inspired by yoga, cross-fit, and zumba – among other fitness influences as well.
Rise to the Challenge
Learning to dance is a process. You begin by learning the basic foundations and building upon those techniques and steps throughout the year. Dancers have short term goals and long term goals. An example of a short term goal may be; to stand stall with eyes up. This is a goal that can be achieved on that day in that moment. A long term goal would be to accomplish a perfect triple turn, landing on top of releve to finish.
Having attainable goals, they can work toward creates a positive mindset that can transfer into other endeavors as they mature.
Dance class offers a place for students to build healthy relationships with peers, mentors and adults while at the studio. Although dance is an individual art form, there are also team opportunities when working on group dances, choreography and partnering. Being a part of a team in a safe, nurturing environment creates a sense of belonging and leadership begins to blossom as trust is built.
It is imperative that the instructor set a good example in the classroom to show accountability through effective leadership. By encouraging team work and emphasizing perseverance, students will learn to deal with disappointment and failure. Teaching them to learn from their mistakes and work toward their personal best will help to build the qualities of a leader. A leader learns to always do their best, to always work to achieving excellence