The Perfect Playlist

It is my personal belief that the music of a dance class can completely make or break the class. Anyone who has ever taught classes for me knows that I place a huge emphasis on choosing the best music for the class they’re teaching. I believe that the music chosen for a dance class should fit the style of the instructor, be chosen with the students in mind, have appropriate lyrics (or be instrumental or beats only!), fit with the actual moves/steps/combinations/technique that will be taught in class, be enjoyable for parents or any community observers, and generally aid in creating the desired atmosphere that the instructors wants to create for that specific class.

I have found that if I choose my music wisely, my lesson plan nearly writes itself. I will talk about that more soon in some projects that I am working on, but I really believe that’s true! (Anyone else choose the music before deciding what your students are actually going to do in class?)

With these thoughts in mind, I’ve decided to focus on music in The Happy Dance Blog this week! I’m kicking it off with my Perfect Playlist Formula, which you can remember with the letters H-A-P-P-Y!

Be sure to head over to DanceEdStartup.com and grab this week’s blog FREEBIE!

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!

October Updates

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Hey Everyone!

I hope this month has been treating you well!  We’ve made a few updates to the Dance Daze sites recently, and I want to share them with you!

  1. We added more information about the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum we implement in our ballet classes on our About Page.
  2. We created a brand new YouTube account, and we will use it to showcase our work and performances!  (Yes, that means, with your permission and consent, YOU may be featured in a video on the Dance Daze YouTube Channel!
  3. We added some convenient social networking buttons at the top right column, so you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube more easily!
  4. We categorized our links at the bottom right of the page and added more links for local dance supply stores so you know where to shop for appropriate dance attire and shoes!
  5. We made HUGE changes to our Class Descriptions Page in order to give you a better idea of what type of vibe, energy, and overall classroom environment to expect in each class!
  6. We added a Notes Tab to our Facebook Page, so you can now view all of our most recent blogs there, if you’re more of a Facebook person than a regular website person!

In other news, we’re happy that we’ve been getting a lot of inquiry about our classes! Our street sign on Foothill Blvd. is getting noticed!  Also, we are VERY excited that we’ve started teaching an after-school Hip Hop Dance program at an elementary school in Hayward! We love being able to bring our dance program into the community and deepen our connection with our students and their families!

We look forward to seeing you in class soon!