The Happy Dance Podcast: Episode #1

Read the podcast transcript below or click HERE to download the PDF!

Hi there! My name is Saumirah McWoodson, founder and CEO of Dance Daze, Inc. and Dance Daze in Schools and dance education researcher and business consultant. And you are listening to The Happy Dance Podcast. Let’s dance!

Hello, hello, hello, and welcome to The Happy Dance Podcast! This is my very first podcast ever, so it’s going to be short and sweet and I’m really just gonna be using this one as a place-holder and to make sure that I can actually successfully publish a podcast.

But, before we dive in–and we’re really gonna dive in next week, again, after I know that I can actually do this–I want to introduce myself really quickly. So, my name is Saumirah McWoodson. I’m the founder and CEO of two dance organizations. One is called Dance Daze, Inc. and the other is Dance Daze in Schools. And essentially, with Dance Daze, Inc., we provide studio classes in the Greater Sacramento Area in California, and then with Dance Daze in Schools we provide programs for kids at elementary schools also in the same area. With Dance Daze in Schools, I’m really proud that I have been able to offer programs at schools in New York City, in Washington, D.C., and at a variety of schools in the San Francisco Bay Area as well. But currently, both Dance Daze, Inc. and Dance Daze in Schools are based in the Sacramento, California area. I also recently started a dance education consulting business, and I’m doing that at DanceEdStartup.com. So that’s pretty much what’s keeping me busy.

As far as my educational background, I am a current doctoral student at the University of the Pacific, and I’m researching dance educator training and preparation in the United States and also long-term job opportunities for dance educators in the United States. So that’s what I’m working on for the purposes of my dissertation. Then, I’m a Pacific alumna a couple of times. So I have my Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of the Pacific and also my Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of the Pacific, and I also have a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Pacific. I love that school, apparently. And I taught elementary school for six years. So I’ve taught mainly second grade. But I most recently taught kindergarten, and then several years ago I taught, I co-taught first grade as well. So that’s . . . those are the basics about me, my educational background . . . Let’s see . . . I’m also an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 5 of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. And I am a proud and heavily involved dog mom of two rescues. They’re both terrier mixes, named Henry and Benji.

And I’m sure I will let you in on tons of other little tidbits about my life in future episodes. But basically, this podcast is going to focus on everything related to dance, education, and cultivating a life of happiness.

So, thank you for listening to my very first episode! And I hope to catch you again very soon! And if you want to follow me online or learn more about me, you can go to DanceEdStartup.com–thats’ my website for my digital course. You can also find my blog at DanceDaze.org/Blog. I’ll be posting a new blog every Monday with a freebie inside of every blog, so be sure to check that out. And those freebies are going to be of interest to dance educators, early career dance educators, or people running studios that want to give quick and easy products to their newer dance educators. You can find me on Instagram @DanceDazeInc–so that’s d-a-n-c-e-d-a-z-e-i-n-c. There’s also an Instagram for Dance Daze in Schools. It’s just @DanceDazeInSchools. And then my personal Instagram is MissMcWoodson, @MissMcWoodson. So I don’t think I pronounce my name the way that it’s spelled, but it’s @-m-i-s-s my last name is m-c-w-o-o-d-s-o-n.

So I think those are enough Internet links to find me for now. I spend a lot of time online, so I have a lot of ats, a lot of avatars, a lot of urls. Thanks again for listening, and I hope to catch you next week! Bye!

Dance Daze Halloween 2011

We had so much fun in our classes yesterday! In addition to giving away FREE pumpkins to each student who attended class, we also played lots of fun games in our Creative Movement class, including “Pass the Pumpkin” and “Magic Rope”! It was our first time trying those games, and they were a hit!

To see more photos from yesterday’s classes, please visit the Dance Daze Facebook Page or find our photos on our new Flickr page !

PS: Want to see what we did for Halloween LAST YEAR??? Read the Dance Daze Halloween blog post from October 2010!

Happy Halloween!

Dance Daze October 2011 Updates!

  • Hello Everyone!

It’s been a while since we blogged, so here are a few updates for you!

1) We will now be sending out a newsletter on the 1st of each month, to keep our Dance Daze Parents updated on our current program offerings. You can find our first official newsletter (from September 2011) here: http://hosted-p0.vresp.com/1024731/1231c2aec7/ARCHIVE

2) On Saturday, October 29th, we will be giving away one FREE pumkin full of goodies and games to EACH child that comes to dance class! Children ages 3 to 5 are invited to Creative Movement at 9:00 am, and children 6 years and older may join us for Level 1 Ballet at 10:00 am. (Regular drop in rates occur for new students.)

3) We will be having our 2011 Winter Dance Camp from Monday, December 19th – Friday, December 23rd! The camp is open for ages 5 to 12, and will run from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm each day. Students will learn hip hop, jazz, ballet, and cheer dance! The camp will be held at Bladium Sports and Fitness Club, and snacks will be provided by Dance Daze. For more information or to register for camp, go here: http://www.active.com/dance-camp/alameda-ca/dance-daze

4) We want to offer MORE studio dance classes! In January, we are planning to start a 30-minute Pre-Pointe class for children ages 9 and older, and a Jazz/Hip Hop class for children ages 6 and older. If you are interested in registering for either of the classes or would simply like more information about them, please complete the interest form and we will respond to you ASAP! Find our interest form here: https://dancedaze.org/contact/

5) Do you know WHEN we are having classes? Be sure to save our Studio Class Info & Schedule Page to your favorites: https://dancedaze.org/studio-classes/. You may also download a PDF of our 2011 – 2012 Calendar (*subject to change!) here: https://dancedaze.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/calendar-fall-11-to-spr-12-updated-10-11-11.pdf

6) If you haven’t already, please LIKE us all over Facebook!!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Dance Daze is TOTALLY AWESOME!

Exciting news!

We have been selected as a finalist in the Most Awesome Dance, Movement, Theater Classes category in Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Awards. Over 20K nominations were cast by parents over a 4 week period and the results are in – everyone thinks we’re TOTALLY AWESOME!

Finalist

The voting period runs from September 5th through October 14th, and the business with the most votes in each category will be selected as the (Most Awesome) Winner!

We think it would be lots of fun to win this contest, so please VOTE FOR DANCE DAZE!!!

By the way… Everyone who votes for their favorite businesses in Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome awards is automatically entered to win awesome PRIZES from giggle, an online baby gift store and baby registry!

CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE FOR DANCE DAZE AS THE MOST AWESOME!!!!!!!

Registration Fee Waived!

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Good Morning! We hope you had a wonderful start to your week.

For those of you who are planning on enrolling your children in Dance Daze classes for our Fall Session, the one-time $25 Registration Fee will be WAIVED if you enroll between TODAY and MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH!

In order for the Registration Fee to be waived, you must pay in one of two ways:

  1. Pay $180 upfront for the entire 12-Week Fall Session.
  2. Pay $60 for all of September (and $60 per month for each month thereafter, with NO PRO-RATING; $60 is the price for the first child, and the 2nd child/sibling receives 15% off this price).
Remember, you may conveniently pay ONLINE, through a secure PayPal system–no PayPal account needed; just a credit card! You may also pay by check made out to: Dance Daze. You can also email us to set up AUTOMATED monthly billing!
Questions about prices or payments? Send emails to: billing@dancedaze.org