Thank You, Alameda!

Flag of City of Alameda

Since our first full month at our current location in Alameda was December of 2010, we’re excited and grateful that we’ve gotten so much interest in just a few weeks!

We’re also ecstatic that we’re finally reaching our audience through our favorite outlet–SOCIAL MEDIA!  In the past two weeks, almost everyone who’s contacted us about classes heard of us either through Twitter or Yelp!  (Thanks so much for that awesome first Yelp Review, by the way!!!  We really appreciate it.)  We’re also really pleased that people have been making use of our newly added Contact Form. The form is really great for helping us get a clearer idea of what you’re seeking in a dance studio, even before our first conversation.

Martha Graham said, “Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery.” In the same vein, discovering is all we’re doing right now! We’re excited to discover if Dance Daze is a good match for what you’re seeking in a dance program and if you’re a good match for us as well. We’re discovering the best ways to reach our audience and our future students! We’re discovering so much, and we’re glad that you’re part of our journey.

Since you’ve delved into the Dance Daze experience by reading this post, we’d love for you to try some classes with us! Even if you’re a few years away in age from the majority of students in the class, if your dance ability is at the same level as the rest of the class, you might find that you feel comfortable there. Or, if you are at a stage in your life where you’d like to begin some serious training, contact us about scheduling a new class time! If we’re free at that time, the class will be YOUR private lesson, until other people sign up! Even better: If you get used to the private lesson after a couple of weeks and don’t want anyone else coming in and ruining your groove, we can discuss customizing training for you and blocking off time-slots so you can continue your one-on-one training! Basically, we’re really flexible, and we really want to make sure that each student who enrolls truly feels that Dance Daze is their studio. We want all of our students to have fun, LEARN, and develop greater confidence in their dance ability, no matter the style. If this sounds like something you’re looking for, come check us out! Send us an email, let us know when you’re free to drop-in, and we’ll work really hard to make it happen!

Anyway, Alameda has been treating us very well, and we’re excited to continue growing here. THANK YOU, ALAMEDA for making us feel so welcomed!

New Rates and Updates!

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Happy New Year!

CLASSES ARE STARTING!

In case you didn’t know, Dance Daze classes begin this week! We’ll be having our first classes of 2011 both at our studio and at our partner schools, so make sure you’re getting enrolled and getting set up with the Dance Daze in Schools Program today!

FIRST CLASS IS ONLY 10 BUCKS!

In other news: Remember our Thankful for Dance Promotion, when we announced that all fist-time drop in classes through January 3rd would only be $10.00? Well, we’ve decided to extend that offer UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE! In other words, ALL first-time drop in classes are now only 10 bucks. Every drop in class after that will still be the regular $18.00, though, so it’s better to become a Registered Member and take classes with us regularly!

CHILDREN’S HIP HOP ON WEDNESDAY AT 4:30!

This Wednesday, January 5th, we’ll be having Children’s Hip Hop from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at our studio in Alameda. This will be a great class for beginning pre-teen dancers, ages 9 to 12. We hope to see you there!

Yoga Classes at Dance Daze

Hatha Yoga Video Lunge Pose - Hanurasana

Yoga has many benefits for dancers, such as increased strength, balance, flexibility, turnout, and stamina. Purifying the body from toxins, relieving stress, and improved circulation are additional benefits.

We at Dance Daze always want to offer a variety of beneficial classes to our students, and we think yoga will be a great new addition! As of January 2011, we will be adding yoga to our class schedule.

Our yoga classes will include:

Baby Yoga for toddlers and preschoolers and Beginning Yoga for children, teens, and adults.  In their Baby Yoga class, our youngest ones will learn toddler-friendly yoga poses. Each class will be enhanced with songs, stories, and games. Children’s Beginning Yoga will allow kids to learn yoga poses through acting out a fun, imaginative story. Teen/Adult Yoga will include yoga poses and balances, cardio aerobics, and core-strengthening exercises.

In addition to our new yoga classes, we will also be starting a monthly Nutrition and Weight Training series in the New Year! These classes will be taught by a healthcare professional and a professional trainer. Keep following us for more details!

Dance Daze Fairy Tale: A True Story

Once upon a time, there was a brand new dance program in Alameda, California called Dance Daze. It was founded by Saumirah McWoodson, an extremely zestful dancer and educator who had been dancing all over the place since she was 5 years old. Saumirah loved dancing so much that when she grew up, she decided to study ballet in New York City! She became an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher and was so eager to teach dance to children, teens, and adults that she started her own program!

The Dance Daze studio was located within Bridgehead Studio, at 2516 Blanding Avenue in Alameda. The street, like its name suggests, was pretty bland, but the beautiful mosaic on the outside of the building made it sparkle like the diamond it was!

Dance Daze - 2516 Blanding Avenue

 

Slowly, but surely, tons and tons of students of all ages began taking classes at Dance Daze. A trip to the Dance Daze studio was always exciting for everyone, especially because of all the gorgeous art on the walls that was often changing!

Hallway

 

There was a big studio downstairs in the building that Dance Daze students used for large classes of about 10 or more people, but students usually started off taking classes in the smaller studio upstairs. The hardwood floor was simply gorgeous.

Dance Daze Small Studio

 

Parents liked the upstairs studio because there was a comfortable waiting area inside and a lovely rooftop patio outside where they could lay out while their children were in class!

Patio

 

Saumirah somehow eventually got everyone she knew to fall into a dance daze with her! (Maybe it was because she was so dedicated to keeping the world up-to-date with Dance Daze via Facebook and Twitter!) Within a few years, Dance Daze classes were taught all over the United States of America! Many of Saumirah‘s students became professional dancers when they grew up and made enormous amounts of money doing what they loved. Saumirah was happy that she got to pursue her two biggest passions of dance and education and spread them throughout the land. (This made her smile even more than normal, even in her old age.)

Despite all of their crazy successes in life, neither Saumirah nor her students ever forgot about their early experiences that all started when they first walked down the halls of Dance Daze, and they all lived happily ever after.

Exit Sign

 

THE END

How Do You Reinforce Dance?

Hard candy

Last week, we had our last class at one of the schools where Dance Daze hip hop is taught. All of the children were very excited about what I had gotten them as gifts for their last class of the semester.

When one of my 6-year-old students asked me, “Did you get us candy?” I responded, “Nope! I don’t believe in that!”

My student looked up at me, as we walked to the gym, and said, “How come? Is it because you don’t want us to have so much sugar before class and then go crazy?”

“No,” I said.  “It’s because I don’t believe in using sweets as a positive reinforcer for physical activity.”

I realized when I said it that this truly is one of my fundamental beliefs as a dance educator. Although I’m admittedly not a big sweets fan (milk chocolate, two types of ice cream, and plain cake are pretty much it for me!), I’ve never thought it was good to pair candy with dance or any physical education. (If you remember, I was even hesitant about giving out candy on Halloween!) I’m not quite sure when I developed this belief or when it became so strong, but I know that as a young dance student, my classmates and I always only received stamps and stickers for behaving well in class–never candy.

What’s your policy? Do you ever give out candy at the end of your classes or at your studio? Do you think it’s a big deal either way? Why or why not?