It’s a great time to check out local dance schools by viewing their Annual Dance Concerts! Have you been thinking about enrolling your child at a Dance school? You’re not sure which one…then now is a great time to have a look at their annual concerts.
When I was 6 years old, my Dance School moved and as my mum needed to find a new place to keep me moving and grooving, the search began. Over the following two years I was enrolled and DE-enrolled in six different dance schools until finally they found the ‘glove that fits’. During this time, one of the best barometers of school assessment was the combination of trying classes and watching a concert or display. As a parent, a concert gave my mum the overall outcome of a school; were the children given the opportunity to perform on a professional stage, were the costumes and dance style age appropriate, were there senior students for the younger ones to be inspired by?
I have never forgotten those two years. Mum didn’t drive at the time, so it meant catching a lot of public transport and walking to trial all the different dance schools. We even had one that had wanted to put me on pointe the following year (at 7!!!!). When we finally found the one, ‘the glove that fits’, it became my Studio home for the next ten years of my dance education.
Don’t be afraid to try, try and try again until you find the ‘right fit’. When you do, you will know it; your child will blossom and you will feel at ease with your decision. In the meantime, get out there and ‘check out’ what’s on offer.
PS While you are at it…
The Studio of Performing Arts -Springfield,
Annual Concert Saturday November 12th, St John’s Auditorium, Forest Lake Junior Concert 10.00am, Senior Concert 3.00pm. (Jnr Concert involves students from 2 year – School Grade 3, Snr Concert involves students from Grade 4 – Advanced)
One Studio choreographer sheepishly stated that she, “had a great idea for some Open Choreography, but, it won’t do well at Eisteddfod”, do it I proclaimed. As Studio Director, I have noticed the current Australian Eisteddfod climate favouring dance schools entering the same item year after year. Whilst this enables a group to perfect the same set pattern of steps, and gives a better chance of securing a 1st place, this is not an effective learning experience or what Dance is about. It is certainly not the art of dance that we embody at The Studio.
We do not enter Eisteddfods to win…
At The Studio, we participate in Eisteddfods to provide our students with two added learning experiences on a professional stage. Having chosen our two local Eisteddfods, they are within a comfortable twenty minute drive from our Studio home, the annual timing of these competitions allows us to finish with the Eisteddfod experience by the end of Term 2 and move onto other dance opportunities, experiences and choreography.
As a professional educator, there is little to be gained from students repeatedly practicing the same pattern of lop-sided dance steps year after year. As an Artist, I need to be constantly creating & practicing and I believe my students should be too. And finally, as an Arts mentor, I believe that the art of choreography is an element that students should be exposed to. The ability to watch your choreographers, moulding, creating, and re-forming Art, allows our students to develop their own voice as a storyteller. Let your child learn the art of dance, live the fulfilment that comes from pure enjoyment and become passionate about the art form, it truly is a wonderful experience.
It may seem strange but you are not handing your child to their mathematics teacher to teach them maths, anymore than you are entrusting the professional educators at The Studio to teach your child, Dance, Drama, Acrobatics, Music or Circus.
I can hear the gasps of disbelief – but it is true. Teachers of any genre; maths, science, dance, drama or music, teach your child to deal with adversity, to cope with stressful situations by turning to their community for support, and to leap, fall and grand jeté through their pitfalls.
We know that to develop stronger human beings, we must;
- Develop an awareness of those who SUPPORT them, a network of support
- Develop HOW they view themselves,
- Develop their ability to DO things!
The WAY we teach at The Studio – Springfield makes the world of difference to our students. We teach your children that in a world of disconnectedness there are people outside their immediate family that they can trust and that support them. This is what we teach our students in every lesson, through HOW we teach dance, drama, music and circus lessons.
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In a busy, time poor world, we are often more connected to our devices than each other. At The Studio of Performing Arts – Springfield, your child will be encouraged to develop positive human relationships as they gain new skills and get stronger.
Dance, Drama, Music and Circus lessons
encourage students, from as young as two years of age, to use their bodies and voices in new ways. Students grow through the Arts at The Studio – Springfield. With a positive nurturing environment, including specialist teachers who know HOW to teach your child and a support staff to answer your every query. The Studio becomes a valued extension of your family.
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