3 Places to Take Pictures On Your Dance Daze Dance Board This Spring

If you’ve been around for a while, you know that Dance Daze Dance Boards Co-founder Saumirah loves a fun, quick, outdoor photo shoot on her portable dance floors.

In fact, when she and Jeff first started the business back in 2020, they made sure to spend time having a few photo shoots around town in Sacramento, California, where they make the dance boards.

Below are 3 tips for places to take photos if you’re planning on bringing out your dance board for a photo shoot this spring.

  1. In Front of Cool Garage Doors: Saumirah absolutely loved this red garage on a wide street in Midtown, Sacramento. She’d wanted to take a photo in front of it for a long time and finally got the chance one day when Jeff was her photographer! We like the sold color of the garage door, the shape of the building for adding some character to a zoomed-out photo, and the in-the-street look for a “diamond in the rough” effect for the background space.

2. On a College Campus: Many college campuses have great grassy areas that are open for the public to use! In the fall of 2020, Jeff and Saumirah had an iPhone photo shoot at a local campus. They loved the background of trees, leaves, and grass that the campus provided. However, it was tricky working with shadows on a fall afternoon! The sun was great for that Golden Hour glow, but the shadows were coming in strong during this photo shoot!

3. In Alleyways: I’m not sure how it is where you live, but many big cities have areas of town with alleys or space between buildings, which often are decorated with incredible graffiti art or painted murals.

If you have any additional tips, be sure to drop the in a comment or send them to us at info@dancedaze.org. Happy dancing!

Do It for the One

Rachel Hollis talked about it on Amy Porterfield‘s podcast. She said, “We created it for her. The podcast was for her. The second podcast was for her. We’re having the response that we have because the style was entirely my own but the content is in response to what she’s asking for.”

When I think of all my Dance Daze students (both at the studio and at schools across the United States) and when I look at all the memories I have created for my businesses: I think of one child, one day, one family, one teacher, one moment.

When I think of starting that Dance Daze in Schools program in the Bronx, New York, I remember how rewarding it felt to bring in that one male teacher who wore glasses and had grown up there. I remember feeling that, in bringing him onto the team, I got to, in a teeny tiny way, be part of his experience of giving back to the community that raised him. I got to be part of him waking up every day as a successful man, human, and teaching artist.

When I think of the school in Oakland, California, where I had the privilege of teaching dance for an entire year, I remember that group of 6 middle school boys and girls who asked me why I smiled and laughed so much. I told them it was because I was happy.

And when I look at photos and videos of all the performances we are doing today, I’m overwhelmed to be part of creating magical moments for each of my students. I’m overjoyed to be part of helping them fall in love with the art of dance. But really, when I see 15 of my students showing up and dancing on these California roads with me, I think of her. I think of her mom looking at me in my eyes and saying, “She wants to perform. She’s ready.” I remember feeling the responsibility of providing positive performance opportunities for her when her dad asked me when we would be performing.

So when I look at them, I see her. One child, one family, one day, one moment.

And I’m so so grateful that by focusing on the one that I get to be part of the lives of many.

Are you interested in learning more about what I focus on in order to best serve my clients (my students and their families)? Go to www.DanceEdStartup.com and join my mailing list! Each week, people on my mailing list are getting dance-related business tips in my video series called “Two Tips” and this month (May of 2019) they’re also getting a live webinar every Sunday morning! Sign up today!

 

Let It Snow!

Greetings Everyone!

It’s been a while since our last post! For the past several weeks our Director, Saumirah McWoodson, was busy preparing for her lead role in the International Ballet Theater Institute’s production of The Snow Maiden. Ballet master Alexei Badrak, Co-Founder and Director of IBTI is one of Saumirah’s former ballet coaches! Saumirah also performed as the Snow Maiden back in December of 2007. See the photos below from both the 2007 and the 2010 performances!

 

Saumirah McWoodson, The Snow Maiden 2007
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Saumirah McWoodson, The Snow Maiden 2010
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We’ve Moved to Alameda!

That’s right! We’ve got a brand new static location at Bridgehead Studio in gorgeous Alameda, California! It’s a convenient location, only one block from the Park Street Bridge. Our new studio features gorgeous hardwood floors, a cozy waiting area, and even a rooftop patio where parents can layout in the gorgeous California sunshine while their children dance! We are so very excited about this new location and are looking forward to creating new, beautiful memories in Alameda! We will be sprucing up the studio within the next few days, so stay tuned for more photos! In the meantime, check out the photo below of our new entrance!  (I just love how it sparkles.)

Entrance for Dance Daze in Alameda!