How to Choose Age Appropriate Music for Dance Classes in Daytona

Choosing music for Port Orange dance studios and dance classes in Daytona can be a challenge. The process of finding age-appropriate music for each class you teach is sometimes long, frustrating, and time-consuming. But as a dance educator, it’s important to keep your student’s well-being in mind when considering what they will hear every week in class.

To choose appropriate music for dance class, you should begin by forgetting about following the popular trends – to an extent. Then, seek out new (or old!) music from other sources besides the radio and social media. Finally, if you are questioning the appropriateness of your music choices, it’s time to go deeper and look into the context and lyrics.

Here are more details about choosing the most age-appropriate music for Port Orange and Daytona dance classes!

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Embrace the Burn: Dynamic Barre Fitness for a Stronger You

We are excited to be offering Dynamic Barre Fitness for adults in Port Orange! This is a new class at our Port Orange Dance Studio for fitness utilizing our ballet knowledge and exercise science to create at fun class for you to get fit and have FUN!

This new class meets on Tuesdays at 10am and you can sign up for the 6 week session, here

In the world of fitness, there’s a plethora of workout routines to choose from, but one that’s gained increasing popularity in recent years is dynamic barre fitness. This unique and effective exercise program combines elements of ballet, Pilates, yoga, and strength training to help you achieve a leaner, more toned body. In this blog, we’ll dive into the world of dynamic barre fitness, exploring its origins, key principles, and the numerous benefits it offers.

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My Dance Competition Experience by Triany

My name is Triany Nicolas. I am 16 years old, and this will be my 5th year dancing at the Legacy Dance Studio. After dedicating myself to gymnastics for eight years, I decided it was time for a change. In my first year at the dance studio, I was shy and did not know many of the girls. But through working hard and training every week, I acquired many values that have shaped who I am today. I have gained communication skills, confidence, and discipline through dancing at the studio. Mrs. Shannon has created a loving, body-positive, and motivating environment for young dancers and I am forever grateful for her. Not only is she my dance teacher but she is someone who I can always count on.

I joined the Legacy Stars competition team during my second year at legacy and immediately fell in love with competing. Dancing is my biggest outlet outside of school and it aids with my emotional expressions. I am able to demonstrate my stage presence and talent, which has tremendously boosted my confidence while also teaching myself that it’s acceptable if things don’t go according to plan. As a dancer, I have learned that perfection is impossible. There is always room for corrections.

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Recital and Showcase Ideas For Port Orange Dance Studios

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Studio owners and directors in Port Orange dance studios have a lot on their plates, from the small, everyday tasks of running a studio to the big-picture challenges. One big-picture challenge that seems to be on everyone’s mind every year is, “What is the recital or showcase theme going to be?”

If you’ve been in business for a while, it can seem like there aren’t any themes left that you haven’t used! Or, themes you can think of might feel too narrow or not inclusive enough for the kind of show you want to put on.

Here are a few ideas for when you’re stuck and need some inspiration for your dance recital ideas for Port Orange dance classes!

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Port Orange Dance Trends

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This dance season, Port Orange dance trends range from the traditional to the eclectic! There are many options available at your local Port Orange dance store, as well as specialty brands online. Here are just a few hot trends to check out now!

Traditional Class wear

Nothing says “I’m a dancer” like traditional black leotard and tights. In fact, the tradition is so long-standing that most Port Orange dance studios require leotard and tights for most of their dance classes.

But don’t fear being boring or uninteresting in your outfit choice. Brands like Bloch and Capezio are always coming out with new twists on old favorites, like mesh inserts in leotards to new, more comfortable waistbands on tights. One of my favorite Bloch pieces is the Lana Mirage Scoop Neck Leotard in black with pretty cutouts at the back. Capezio offers the tried and true Ultra Soft Transition Tight with a self-knit waistband in 18 different colors so you are sure to find one that you love!

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Fix your dance competition mistakes and stand out!

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Do you want to know how to stand out at dance competition? Even seasoned competition dancers can forget a shoe every now and then, but that’s only one small mistake that can happen before or during a dance competition! Here are the top 10 dance competition mistakes that can occur, and how to fix them!

  1. Not rehearsing away from the mirror before competition!

One of the best things dancers in Port Orange can do before competition is rehearse facing away from the mirror. It’s surprising how beneficial it can be to do a few runs of your dance facing multiple directions.

Dancers often ask in the studio, “Which way will the stage face?” before competition, and the answer is, “Wherever it faces!” It’s a difficult concept for kids to grasp, but if you can rehearse the dance facing every possible direction, they will begin to understand that the routine won’t change regardless of which direction the stage faces.

 

  1. Entering your routine in the wrong category!

This is a mistake that is mostly made by the dance instructor, but still relevant because category placement can affect how a dance scores! The majority of the time, this mistake happens when the lines are blurred between categories like lyrical or contemporary. Take the time to really analyze the dance routine for specific technical elements that live in one of those categories. It might even help to make a checklist of skills for each category so you can really see where a routine belongs.

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How to Rest After Dance Classes

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If you’re a dancer, chances are you’ve had your fair share of sore muscles after particularly difficult dance classes or rehearsals. Sore muscles don’t mean you’ve overdone it, though, they just mean you’ve worked hard! However, soreness can interfere with your day-to-day life and there are some tried and true methods to get through it and learn how to rest AFTER dance classes!

To treat and care for sore muscles, you must remember to warm up before you dance, cool down after class, and practice good self-care by using techniques like massage, foam rolling, taking Epsom salt baths, and resting!

Sore muscles may sometimes be the result of an injury or overuse, so if soreness persists for longer than a couple of days, you may want to consult a medical professional. The advice you read here is no substitute for actual medical care.

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Strength Training at Your Dance Studio

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With the increase in high-level tricks seen in dancers today at Port Orange dance studios, you have to wonder how in the world these skills are achieved! What is the secret sauce that some dancers have to get their legs higher, their turns faster, and their jumps more elevated?

In addition to excellent technique, strength training has gained popularity in the dance community as a way to achieve new levels of excellence. Properly executed strength training skills can prevent injury, increase stamina, and contribute to the overall longevity of a dancer’s career.

It should go without saying that any additional training outside of the dance studio should be done with permission from your teacher, and with the supervision of a fitness professional.

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Benefits of Ballet Classes

If you’re considering enrolling your child in ballet classes in Port Orange, you may be wondering what style of dance to choose! From hip hop to ballet to tap, there are indeed many choices. All styles of dance have their own unique benefits, but ballet is often one of the top styles of dance chosen for children.

Physical, social, and cognitive skills all improve when a child takes ballet class. Strong beginnings in the arts pave the way for a lifetime of appreciation even if the student doesn’t go on to study dance on a professional level.

Ballet classes can be beneficial at all ages, but starting ballet early gives children who love to move the chance to learn in a structured environment and develop skills that they will use throughout their lives.

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How To Have A Positive Mindset In Port Orange Dance Classes

A positive mindset has been proven to improve performance in all kinds of fields, from business to sports. Port Orange dance studio provide a great place to incorporate a positive mindset through dance, not only for fun but for loftier goals like entering the professional dance world.

In order to have a positive mindset in dance classes, you should try to eliminate negative self-talk, focus on the small wins, set reasonable goals for yourself, and have regular check-ins with yourself, your parents, and your teachers to make sure you are getting the most out of your training.

At Legacy Dance Studio in Port Orange, dance teachers strive to instill positivity alongside excellent dance training. But dance teachers can only do so much! By incorporating these tips, you can do your part to develop a healthy, positive mindset for dance class and your life outside the studio!

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