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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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!

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

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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 sub-floor, 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 sub-floor.

The sub-floor 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 sub-floor provides lateral foot support and a springy energy absorbent surface. It also reduces vibration on the knee joints after impact.

Once the sub-floor 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, bringing 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 sub-floor 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!

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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

Dance Team Building Excercises

Kids Ballet Classes

Kids Ballet Classes

Team building exercises are a great way to build trust and camaraderie. If your team or group seems to not be meshing well together, a few team building exercises might be what they need to learn to trust each other and work better as a team.

Human Knot: Have the dancers stand in a circle. Cross their hands, right over left in front of their body. Starting with the right hand, grab the hand of a dancer across the circle. Repeat this step with the left hand, with a different dancer across from you. Make sure to have the hands of two different people in order for this to work. At this point, have the dancers slowly try to unravel the knot by climbing and moving through the knot to straighten it out. DO NOT let go of your hands at any time, otherwise it will break the chain. The end result should be everyone in a circle untied, holding hands. This game is a lot of fun and is sure to break the ice and get your team laughing and working together.

Positive Affirmations: Hand out a half sheet of paper and writing utensil to each dancer. Have them put their name on the piece of paper at the top. Next, pass the paper to left and whoever the name is on top, write one nice thing about them. Continue to pass the papers around until each student has had everyone write on their sheet. Read the words of encouragement quietly to your self and save them for a day you need a pick me up. This helps to build confidence and respect for one another.

2 X 4: Assemble students into even-numbered groups of 4-8 and stand on a 2×4. Make sure to have them all standing facing the same direction. The goal is to reverse the line order without stepping off of the wood. This game can help with problem solving and show them exactly how important team work is.

Birthday Rearrange: Divide the team into smaller groups, with no more than 10. Staying silent, each member must put them into their birth order according to the month, day and year of their birth. Have each team go up against each other and the fastest time to complete the exercise will win the prize. Working together and communicating with out talking will teach them how important non verbal communication can be in dance and life.

Trust Walk: Pair up your students and blindfold one person in the pair. Set up obstacles in your dance space. For example, a hula hoop to climb through, jump ropes, or a bridge to climb over. The goal is for the blind folded member of the pair to navigate the course with verbal instructions ONLY from their partner. Once the course is completed, reverse the roles and try to get through the obstacles again.

Team building exercises are a great way to pump up your team and get them ready for a new season.

Do you have any other favorites you like to do with your team?

Dance Class First Day Jitters

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Port Orange Dance NewsIt’s almost the first day of dance class and your student may be experiencing butterflies in their tummies. As they are preparing to participate in a more structured environment, this could be the
first time they have separated from you for an activity on their own.

Many parents are not familiar with the procedures of dance class. Whether you have experience or not, you will have expectations for your child, the class and the teacher.

Leaping In

For a child that is brand new to dance the first few days and weeks can be quite challenging. Especially for a very young student who has not had any schooling. The new environment and unknown faces can be frightening at first. Some kids “leap” right into the groove while others take a more cautious approach. In that case, they may watch and participate in some of the movement but, participation can be minimal.

It is very common for children to take some time to warm up to the situation. Many children can take several weeks to warm up to the teacher and a class room setting. They can still learn a lot from observing and forcing participation is not needed, they will eventually join in.

Being gentle and encouraging will help the shy or frightened children adjust to the class room setting and slowly begin to participate. Very few children will miss out on the fun for very long.

Don’t Go!!

When young children are feeling insecure, they may show signs through their words, body language or tears to insist they are safer with their parent in the room. However, as hard as it is, try to resist giving in to this behavior for long periods of time before entering the classroom. The good-bye itself is usually the worst part, and most of the time the kids who are crying recover quickly and join the class activities.

It is very important for the parents to have the opportunity to observe dance class. However, the first few weeks are not a good time. This time is spent establishing routines, expectations and developing a relationship between the teacher and students. Scheduling watch times throughout the year allows for the teacher, students and parents to prepare for this special event so that the students can be on their best behavior and show what they have been learning.

What Can You Do?

Arrive a little bit early to the first day of classes to show your child around and say hello to the teacher. This can ease their minds and help them settle into their class environment. Parent involvement reassures your dancer and shows them that your role is an important one at dance class too.

Here are a few more ideas to help ease your dancer into dance class:

  • Have them bring a “stand in” favorite toy or stuffed animal from home that can sit quietly with their things and watch them dance.
  • Have special hugs and kisses before and after every dance class.
  • Give them something special to wear in their hair that gives them brave powers.

As They Grow…

As your dancer grows, they will start to benefit from the time apart from parents. They will start to gain confidence in their own abilities to learn new things, make choices and have ideas that they will want to share. Watching your child grow to dance on their own is where the true gift of dance will be seen.

A good dance school will take great care in making sure your little ones are in the best possible educational environment to build a strong foundation to build upon as they grow into lovely dancers and young people. Parents and teachers working together will ensure a great start to a long and positive dance future.