7 Tips to Improve Learning Choreography Quickly

Dance Lessons

Dance LessonsPart of being a dancer is learning choreography quickly and accurately. Some dancers will pick up choreography naturally and it will seem almost effortless. While others

have to work at it more. If you are lacking this gift, learning new movement in your dance class or at an audition can be very frustrating.

You are in luck! Below are my 7  Tips to Improve Learning Choreography Quickly.

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Legacy Important News and Events – December 2015

Thank you for being a part of the Legacy Family for our first season!Port Orange Dance

Below is important information regarding upcoming news and events for your dancer.

Showcase:
The Legacy Showcase will enhance performance skills to complete the overall dance experience at The Legacy Dance Studio and be an entertaining and exciting time for all.  Each class ages 3 and up participates in this Showcase.

  • Please save the dates for the Mandatory Rehearsal on July 8th and the Showcase on July 9th.

We are excited to announce our Showcase will be held at the beautiful News Journal Center in Daytona Beach.

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Welcome Home

The Legacy Dance Studio is very excited to Welcome Home students, family and friends to our new location at the Tuscan Village Shoppes 3510 S. Nova Road, Port Orange, Fl 32129 Suite 118 on Sunday, November 1st from 2:00-4:00pm.

Come enjoy light refreshments, see the studio, check out our comfortable waiting area and LegacyTV.

In addition to our current class schedule, we will be adding additional classes in Acrobatics for ages 5 and up, Leaps and Turns for ages 10-13 and Private Lessons with Mrs. Shannon on the weekends for those wanting to advance their dancing to a higher level. The new location will also offer Legacy Yoga and Mommy and Me Classes as well!

Our New Facility Advantages…

  • We are proud to provide our students with a State of the Art Brand New Stagestep Timestep Dance Floor. This dance floor is by far the best in the industry. Not only does it provide a great surface for ballet and tap dancing, it has a sprung foam sublfloor to protect your dancer and help to prevent injury.
  • Two Premium Tower Floor Speakers create a great sound for our dancers whether they are rocking out in hip hop class or rehearsing a tap dance.
  • LegacyTV allows you to view your dancer while in class on a 49 inch HD Flat Screen TV from our Lobby. There is also glass doors leading into the dance studio to view class while in session.
  • Multiple Dressing Rooms and Bathrooms for those on the go with busy, active, family lifestyles.

More information regarding our Spring Showcase will be coming soon, we hope to see you at the Welcome Home Event and look forward to dancing with you all in the new studio!

Port Orange Fl Dance
Port Orange Dance Studio

Parents and Teachers Working Together

Dance Classes

Dance Studio Daytona There are many factors that go into running a successful dance studio, but there is one constant that will always remain, The Parents or Guardians of dancers. They are a staple in the dance studio business and we owe them credit for inspiring dance studio owners to be more innovative by helping us to see things from a different perspective, with the ultimate goal of helping the children reach their fullest potential.

When it comes to speaking with parents or guardians, whether it is positive feedback, constructive feedback or concerns, the way you approach the conversation is sometimes where true growth and success can occur.

  • There is Opportunity with Every Problem

When a parent approaches you with an issue, it is very important to take a step back and look at the problem from their perspective. Most of the time there is room for improvement and these suggestions can be of great value. Owning a dance studio can be a very personal business and it is easy to get defensive.

  • Systems for Communicating Concerns

If there is no clear path for communication, parents will find a path and go to anyone who will listen to them. This is where gossip and drama can brew. The best way to approach concerns and suggestions is with an open door policy. If you are clear from the beginning that you are open to communicate directly and hear the concerns of others, people will feel heard and you will grow through their feedback. That doesn’t mean you have to change your policies. Once people feel they have been heard, they will take the communication and decide how to proceed from that point. You can also gain different perspectives increasing the ability to relate to the concerns or comments of parents

  • The 24 Hour Rule

When it comes to big problems, it is always best to take 24 hours to respond. When it comes to considering an exception to the rule, a policy change, or parent communication as the result of a joint concern, it is best to “sleep on it” as they say. This gives your brain time to process the situation and for your emotions to settle down before responding. Adding the time to make important decisions makes a big difference in your ability to see the bigger picture to help make the right choice for everyone involved.

Parent involvement will not only enhance the experience for the kids, but it creates a family atmosphere of support for all of those involved in the studio!

New Parent Viewing Opportunities at The Legacy Dance Studio Port Orange

Kids Ballet ClassesThe Legacy Dance Studio is proud to announce new viewing opportunities for our parents beginning November 2nd.

Our new Port Orange location at The Tuscan Village Shoppes, 3510 S. Nova Road, Suite 118 will have a small look through into the dance space, and a Large High Definition Flat Screen TV in our waiting room, for comfortable closed circuit viewing of your dancer while in class.

We hope this adds to the experience of you and your dancers time at The Legacy Dance Studio Port Orange!

Legacy Port Orange Yoga with Malissa

Port Orange Yoga
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Introducing Legacy Yoga with Malissa

Legacy Yoga with Malissa is a gentle mixture of Hatha, Vinyasa and Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) Yoga in a relaxed setting that will refresh you in the morning awakening the mind, body and spirit giving you a great start to your day!

 

Classes Start November 2nd at The Port Orange Tuscan Village Shoppes, 3510 S. Nova Road, Port Orange, Fl 32129 Suite 118.

Class Schedule: Mondays and Tuesdays 9am – 10am

Pricing

1 Class a Week $50.00 a month

2 Classes a Week $75.00 a month

Join us at Port Orange’s Newest Place for Dance, as We Welcome Malissa and Legacy Yoga!

Register and Pay Online, or Contact Us to Register!

Mommy and Me Dance Classes – Come Dance With Your Toddler at Legacy!

Port Orange Dance NewsCome Dance, Tumble and Sing with Your Toddler at the Legacy Dance Studio Port Orange!

Legacy will be to be offering Two Mommy and Me 6 Week Sessions. Please register and pay online to reserve your spot for you and your little one, or call 386-295-9298 for more information.

These Classes will be at our new location, at The Port Orange Tuscan Village Shoppes, 3510 S. Nova Road, Port Orange, Fl 32129 Suite 117 and 118.

Importance of a Proper Dance Floor for Your Young Dancer

Port Orange Tap classes

Port Orange Tap classesInvesting in a dance/theatrical flooring system is an important part of a dance studio for the safety of dancers. The flooring system allows for the instructor and students to perform and practice safely. There are three parts to a dance floor system: the slab, the subfloor, and the floor surface.

The slab, typically concrete, is the foundation. It should be dry, level and structurally sound. Dancers should NEVER jump on a hard surface, such as concrete. Each time a dancers jumps, around 3 times their body weight is returned. Over time, this can cause fatigue and severe injury. To prevent dancers from dancing on a hard surface, it is imperative to install a floating subfloor.

The subfloor is a crucial part of the displacement of energy. Placing foam and wood  on top of the concrete slab creates air pockets that allows the wood and foam to flex and absorb the dancers energy, giving them a safe return as they land jumps and high energy movements. The floating subfloor provides lateral foot support and a springy energy absorbent surface. It also reduces vibration on the knee joints after impact.

Once the subfloor is installed, it is now important to choose the floor surface. Hardwood or vinyl flooring specifically designed for dance and the performing arts, are the recommended choices. Stay away from VCT tile, plywood, masonite, wood laminate, carpet, concrete, stone, ceramic tile and rubber. The reason is they are not appropriate choices for dance due to the wear characteristics and the amount of friction is not suitable to dance or movement activities, brining the possibility of more strains and stress fractures. Another safety aspect is many dance floors have antibacterial and anti-fungal additives that help keep your floors hygienic, since such a wide range of motions is performed on the dance floor.

The most important investment a dance studio can make is a professionally sprung foam subfloor and a vinyl dance floor. These dance floors require weekly cleaning and maintenance with super-concentrated industrial strength floor chemicals and cant last up to 18 years if cared for properly.  Not only will this be the best surface to dance on, but it will protect dancers from injury, fatigue, soreness and their overall health and well being.

Legacy Port Orange Dance Studio Finds a Home

Port Orange Dance LessonsWe are excited to announce we have found a home for The Legacy Dance Studio right in the heart of Port Orange, just a few minutes away from Spruce Creek High School.

Our new space is located in the Tuscan Village Shoppes, 3510 S. Nova Road, Port Orange, Fl 32129 Suite 117 and 118.

We Will Begin Classes November 2nd at this New Location.

The 2,480 Square Foot Facility has multiple bathrooms, changing rooms, a comfortable reception area with high quality large screen TV viewing of your dancers class (Legacy TV) , plenty of parking and a large dance space with a brand new top of the line Sprung Stagestep Marley Dance Floor.

While waiting for your dancer, you can enjoy shoppes like Halo Salon, VIP Nails and more!

We are excited for our new space and will be starting classes on November 2nd, but in the meantime we will be finishing October at Spruce Creek.

Be Sure to Follow Us on Facebook for more information about new classes and updates on our “Legacy, Welcome Home Party” to be held Sunday November 1st at our brand new location in the Tuscan Village Shoppes.

Parent Watch Week: We will be holding a parent watch week November 16th-21st. You are invited to watch your dancer’s entire class at our new location!!

Legacy Yoga

We are also introducing Legacy Yoga with Malissa Kuzmovich. We will be holding 9am morning sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays starting November 2nd. Please Contact Us for more information about Legacy Yoga!

We would like to thank all of our studio families and patrons for their continued support!

Welcome Home Legacy Family!

Tuscan Village Shoppes

Friends Forever

Friends at Dance

Friends at DanceFriends That Dance Together, Stay Together. 

Dance class offers you many things in return; discipline, grace, passion, self expression, strength and flexibility.

But the most treasured of all is the friendships that can be formed on the dance floor. In dance class you are often working closely together on stretching, partnering and strength exercises. By doing these things and taking classes together regularly, it helps to create trusted relationships between the group. These activities and performances bring you together and create a sense of belonging. These friendships can last a lifetime, as I know from personal experience, my dance friends are some of my best friends and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:  What! You too? I thought I was the only one.-C.S. Lewis