Get Inspired: Guest Instructors Can Bring Many Benefits to Your Dance Studio

Guest Dance Teacher Port Orange
Guest Dance Teacher Port Orange
Guest Instructor, Kelsey Nelson Lack with Legacy Dancers

There are many benefits of bringing in guest artists and choreographers to your dance studio. Guest Instructors and Choreographers offer a fresh perspective. Exposing dance students to different styles, ways of teaching and choreography that broadens their movement vocabulary and helps them achieve their dance goals.

For competitive dancers, bringing in a guest choreographer is a fun way to challenge your company to learn quickly, accurately and most of all to give it 100%. There is only a small amount of time that they get to work with the guest teacher, every hour spent with them will ensure the success of their choreography after they leave the studio. 

Bringing in working professional dancers, college professors and directors of dance departments to give Master Classes and Educational Q and A’s will enrich student’s knowledge of the dance world beyond recreational and competitive dance.  Being exposed to college educated professionals can inspire students to want to learn more about the fundamentals of teaching, choreography and entertainment business.

When hiring a guest teacher, always look at their resume and background to make sure they are a good fit for your studio and students. Depending on what you want them to focus on, a guest instructor can pull from their different backgrounds and experience to inspire a new approach to technique and performance.  These opportunities to learn more about the dance industry will help to continue the legacy of dance through teaching, performing or simply inspiring a lifelong love of the arts.

5 Tips for Split Leaps

Dance leapImproving split leaps is a something dancers work on consistently in ballet, jazz, and contemporary/modern dance classes. Whether you are practicing grand jeté or saut de chat, below are a few tips to get you flying in the air looking fabulous!

Preparation

Be sure to build momentum into the preparation. Whether you are starting the leap with a glissade, chasse or a step – there should be a large amount of energy expanded into the preparatory step. Pushing through the floor with a strong core and body alignment is sure to start you off on the right path for a strong leap. Articulating the foot before AND after the jump is vital to success.

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Legacy Spring News and Spring Break Dates

Port Orange DanceSPRING BREAK

The studio will be closed for Spring Break Holiday beginning Thursday, March 17th through Sunday, March 27th. Classes resume Monday, March 28th.

                Bring a Friend Makeup Dance Party: Saturday, May 7th

11:00-12:00 Ages 3-6 Ballet, Tap and Tumbling Class
12:00-1:00 Ages 7-10 Hip Hop
1:00-2:00 Ages 11 and up Contemporary Choreography Class

FIRST ANNUAL SHOWCASE

Our First Annual Showcase, #TheLegacyBegins will take place at the

News Journal Center in Daytona Beach.

  • July 8th -Mandatory Dress Rehearsal (THIS IS A CLOSED REHEARSAL, ONLY LEGACY STAFF AND OFFICAL VOLUNTEERS ALLOWED IN THE THEATER)
    Arrive – 5:30
    Start time – 6:00-9pm

7:30 Pick Up Time: Monday 5:45 and Saturday 10:00 Classes

8:00 Pick up Time: Monday 4:45, Thursday 4:00, Friday 4:45 Classes

  • July 9th – Showcase
    Arrive – 6:15pm
    Show Time – 7:00pm

 

NEW PRE SALE TICKET PRICES!!

April 15th – May 15th, 2016

Tickets will be Pre-Sold ONLINE ONLY beginning April 15th, 2016.

*Available for a limited time

$18.50 per Adult

$15.00 per Child (Under 18)

Free Admission for Children Not Requiring a Seat (2 and under)

*Instructions on purchasing tickets will be distributed 1-2 weeks prior to the beginning of the ONLINE Pre Sale.

PROFESSIONAL CLASS AND INDIVIDUAL PICTURES

SAVE THE DATE! We have set a date for Professional Class and

Individual Picture Day for Saturday, JUNE 11th. Packages and ordering

information coming soon!

  • Stage make up should be worn, hair in a slicked back bun on the crown of the head. Kits will be available to order at the studio from our friend Ashley Moore.

Class photos are required participation and individual photos are optional.

All dancers should arrive 10-15 minutes BEFORE their assigned time to ensure there shoes and outfits are dressed alike.


 

SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH PICTURE SCHEDULE

10:00 – 10:10 “Smile” Group – Saturday 10-10:45 Class

“Smile” Individuals

10:10 – 10:25 “Some Where Over the Rainbow” Group – Monday 5:45-6:30 Class

“Some Where Over the Rainbow” Individuals

10:25 – 10:35 “How Sweet and Tiny Dancer” Groups – Friday 4:45-5:45 Class

“How Sweet and Tiny Dancer” Individuals

10:35 – 10:50 “U Can’t Touch This and My Girl” Groups – Monday 4:45-5:45 Class

“U Can’t Touch This and My Girl” Individuals

10:50 – 11:05 “Firework and Happy” Groups – Thursday 4:00-5:00 Class

“Firework and Happy” Individuals

11:15 – 11:35 “Umbrella” Groups – Friday 5:45-6:45 Class

“Umbrella” Individuals

11:45 – 11:55 “Pachelbel’s Canon” Groups – Wednesday 3:45 -4:45 Class

“Pachelbel’s Canon” Individuals

11:55 – 12:10 “Shake It Off” Groups – Wednesday 4:45-5:30 Class

“Shake It Off” Individuals

12:10 – 12:25 “Music Box Ballerinas” Groups – Wednesday 5:30-6:30 Class

“Music Box Ballerinas” Individuals

12:25-12:35 “ABC” Groups – Wednesday 6:30-7:15 Class

“ABC” Individuals

12: 35 12:45 “Girls Want to Have Fun” Groups – Friday 6:45-7:30 Class

“Girls Want to Have Fun” Individuals

LUNCH BREAK

1:30-3:30 Middle School and High School Dancers- BRING ALL COSTUMES!

3:30-4:30 LEGACY STARS- BRING ALL COSTUMES!


 

Daytona DanceCOSTUME DISTRIBUTION

We will distribute costumes the 2nd week of May. *SAVE THE DATE for a possible performance on May 14th at the Port Orange Relay for Life Event. Select groups will be contacted with details.

SHOWCASE VOLUNTEERS

We will need at least 2-4 Parent/Guardian Volunteers per class for the July Showcase Rehearsal and the Showcase. Please sign up at the front desk if you would like to volunteer your time. Any help is much appreciated, thank you!

DVD’s

Professional DVD’s of the July Showcase will be available for Pre-Sale. The cost is $35 per DVD. Order forms will be available at the front desk and online closer to the Showcase.

SUMMER DANCE CLASSES: We are dancing this summer, stay in shape and get ready for the Fall Season with Intensive Style Dance Classes. Schedule and pricing is now on the website! Click here to read more!  SPACE IS LIMITED!

How to be a Effort Oriented Dancer

Port Orange Dance Studio

Port Orange Dance StudioEffort – The definition is a vigorous or determined attempt.

How can we instill qualities in students to ensure they are putting forth their best efforts with a growth mindset?

Below are examples taken directly from class room and stage experiences. Utilizing these qualities in the class room will guarantee your students are on the way to becoming a dancer that can see their growth potential and use hard work to reach their goals.

Understanding Patterns: 

Giving students opportunities to identify patterns in daily class work is imperative. During ballet barre, incorporate specific patterns that replicate those same patterns that will be seen later in center work. Mention the intention and purpose for the use of the pattern given. Give as many examples as possible.

This will allow the dancer to retain the information, and memorize it more efficiently. Comprehension of patterns will increase speed, coordination and help with reversing the movement in different directions.

Spatial Awareness:

Spatial awareness can be incorporated in the very beginning of dance training at a young age. Dancers as young as 3 learn about spatial awareness as they are required to stand on their designated spot, follow the leader with out bumping other dancers and how to stand in line with out squishing their neighbor.

As they progress, they learn to stand in windows and take turns across the floor with a partner. All of these things requiring spatial awareness.

Spatial awareness is the ability to be aware of oneself in the space around you. Knowing the body positions and stage directions to travel freely while dancing and moving is the ultimate goal. As students progress in their training, this concept is imperative when performing or auditioning.

Thinking Ahead:

The famous quote, “dance now, think later” couldn’t be further from the truth. Dancers spend most of their young dance life thinking. And thinking some more.

Dance technique and body alignment are concepts that start with your thought process. Learning the correct muscles to use and even visualization exercises to help try to achieve the right look of a dancer.

Anticipation is the act of thinking ahead of oneself. When a dancer is performing ballet barre exercises, the brain must be faster than the pace of the music to relay the message to the body.

Dance is intellectual.

You are not only thinking of the steps, you are thinking of the technique behind the steps that will enable you to execute them correctly. When preparing for rehearsals and auditions; anticipating trouble spots will help you think on your toes and be ahead of the game when under stressful situations.

Understanding Different Techniques

A strong foundation in Ballet and Tap is a great start for young dancers! At 8 years old, the dancer is physically and mentally ready to introduce additional styles of dance to their training. Dance Classes in jazz, contemporary, hip hop and other dance techniques are highly encouraged to be the most well rounded dancer.

It is important that dancers educate themselves on the history that has impacted dance and paved the path as we know it today. Studying as many styles of dance will get you out of your comfort zone and give the knowledge needed to perform your best in class, on stage or at an audition.

Learning to be an effort oriented dancer takes time and constant training inside and outside of the studio, you too can achieve this if you put in the effort! 

Pageant Dance Choreography Tips

Pageant ChoreographyPageant Dance Choreography is a common talent choice among contestants in pageantry. Choreography can be interpreted in many different ways depending on the age of the performer, audience and judges observing the routine. Some dancers have very competitive, stylish and entertaining routines and others are more classical and technical with their performances.Continue reading

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!

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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!