The Evolution of Competitive Dance

Just a few decades ago, as competitive dance emerged as a leading influence in the dance community, the structure was virtually the same across events.  There was one level of competition and three possible outcomes: first place, second place, or third place.  First place would net the winner a trophy, while second and third place winners sometimes received ribbons … or nothing at all

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The Summer Stride

Summer is just around the corner and here at The Dance Factory, we are putting the finishing touches on all our fantastic summer program offerings!

With the current dance season winding down and the new season ramping up, you might have been wondering lately if summer dance classes are right for your child.  From our experience, every student has the potential to hit their “summer stride” … in other words, they all have the ability to keep their learning power going in the summer, without losing any momentum!

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Recital Expectations for Your Little One

Performing in the recital is a brand new experience for most of our young dancers.  And while some will find it exciting, others might be a little nervous.  In our experience, one of the keys to recital success is encouraging your child to do their best and reassuring them that you are proud no matter what.  

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The Benefits of Competition - Teamwork

Learning how to be a part of a team—how to lead, how to follow, how to support, how to communicate—is at the heart of everything our competition dancers do.  At The Dance Factory, we know that teamwork is a skill our competition students will benefit from for their whole lives, whether they choose to pursue dance long-term or not.

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The Benefits of Competition - Sportsmanship

Nearly everyone is familiar with the Golden Rule, the principle of treating others the same way you want to be treated.  At The Dance Factory, we believe that good sportsmanship for our competition team dancers begins first and foremost with this principle.  But it doesn’t stop there!

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The Benefits of Competition - Resilience

When it comes to resilience, the dictionary defines it in two ways: 1) the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity.  2) the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.

 

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The Benefits of Competition - Commitment

Making a commitment and sticking to it is a lesson that seems pretty easy to learn, but isn’t always so.  It can be a challenge—especially for young dancers—to navigate a big responsibility like that!  One of the most valuable life lessons our competition team dancers learn at The Dance Factory is following through on their commitments. 

 

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The Benefits of Competition: Artistry

Of all the benefits your child gains as a competitive dancer, artistry is arguably the one that becomes most personal to them.  With The Dance Factory’s competition team, we aim to teach the style and finesse that give performances their polish … but the true nature of being an artist comes from within the dancers themselves.

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How We Define “Hard Work”

At The Dance Factory, we talk a lot about “hard work,” especially with regard to our competition team dancers.  Hard work, to us, means ALL the things a dancer can do to show their commitment to better themselves, improve their skills, and lift up those around them.

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Grateful Hearts

As Thanksgiving draws nearer, we wanted to take a moment to express our thanks to YOU, for trusting us with your child’s dance education and allowing us to be a positive light in your child’s life.  We are grateful that you’ve chosen us for your studio home.

 

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Five Benefits of Dance

At Dance Factory, we believe that learning how to dance should be an encouraging and positive experience for children at any age!  And while the dance steps themselves are an important element to every class, the benefits of dance go far beyond pliés and pirouettes.

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