Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Jaymie Boudreau, a native of Elmira, NY, graduated with her B.A. in dance from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. While at JMU she performed with the Virginia Repertory Dance Company and the Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Jaymie has continued her performance career in the professional outdoor drama productions of Theatre West Virginia and as a touring member of the West Virginia Dance Company. She has been a teacher and choreographer for many years and is looking forward to sharing her love of dance and theatre with children. She is excited to become a dance educator and the Northern New York Regional Director of Little People’s Creative Workshop.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
• Moving safely, imaginatively and with confidence
• Moving with bodily control, co-ordination, flexibility and balance
• The development of spatial awareness
• Dancing with props; developing manipulative skills
• Experiencing a range of gross motor movements and fine motor movements
• Keeping healthy - dance as part of a healthy lifestyle
• Communicating ideas, thoughts and feelings non-verbally through movement
• Using the imagination to create ideas, characters and narratives
• Making movement responses
• Having an enjoyable, exciting and motivating time
• Working individually, with a partner and as part of a group
• Developing trust and co-operation
• Selecting and using movement ideas independently and with others
• Exploring feelings and views of self and others - including other cultures and beliefs
• Accepting the moral code on which discipline and courtesy within the group is based
• Interacting with a new social group
Communication, Language and Literacy Development
• The use of sounds, music, words, poems, rhymes, texts and stories as stimuli for, and
accompaniment to dance
• The use of language to imagine and recreate roles and ideas in the dance
• Interaction - negotiating plans and activities and developing conversational skills
• Appreciation - talking about personal dance performance
• Observation - talking about the dance performance of others
• Developing a vocabulary of movemen
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Here is a great article by Rachel Kemp, dance teacher:
Benefits of Dance, by Rachel Kemp
Toddlers love to move, stretch and jump. Teachers can introduce kids to new ways of moving their little bodies in entertaining and constructive ways. All forms of dance, and creative movement can be very beneficial. Kids should be introduced to exercise and physical exercise as early as possible. It might take a little more money, but in the long run it can pay off. Introducing your child to dance is one of the greatest gifts you can give them.
Dance promotes discipline, coordination, memory, flexibility, strength, line, grace and stamina. Performing builds positive self-esteem and confidence, helps with other sports, and is just great fun! All kids are capable of relating and understanding basic techniques that are shown to them and demonstrated properly.
The vocabulary they learn through dance can help them express themselves through movement and naturally incorporate it into their lives. Signing your child up in dance as soon as possible can be a great thing for him/her.
As long as children can listen and stay focused, no age is too young to get them started. Of course, forcing children into any activity is never healthy. It’s important to observe how they respond.
As children get older and more serious, the length of the class and the amount of class per week may increase. Again, it might mean more running around for you, but if your child is fortunate enough to find something he or she loves to do, it’s well worth the extra time and money. My parents ran around for me 4-5 times a week to participate in many classes, I don't know how they did it, but I’m so grateful, because I am now blessed to be making a living doing what I love.
Remember the 4 D’s: DISCIPLINE, DETERMINATION, DEDICATION, DESIRE. Dance class can help your child conquer all four.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Dance provides youth with mind and body benefits
By Debra Strickland
FamilyTalk Magazine, March/April Edition 2006
Many different types of dance classes are available for children, from modern dance,
ballet, tap and jazz to dance that celebrates unique ethnic and cultural traditions. What’s
the most important thing for parents to keep in mind when choosing a dance class? It’s
that research has proven that dance provides physical, developmental and artistic benefits
to your child.
Physical Benefits - Students build muscle strength while increasing flexibility. Young
dancers develop a sense of balance and improve agility and coordination. Importantly,
children also develop body awareness and learn correct posture.
These benefits extend beyond a student’s involvement with dance, helping youth involved
in other disciplines, such as sports and martial arts. Studies have shown that physical
activity helps children relieve stress and feel relaxed. It also is a great way to help your
child develop a positive lifelong attitude about staying active and healthy.
Developmental Benefits - Dance classes are fun and a great way to meet new friends.
Young dancers develop essential social skills through interaction with other students.
Group choreography fosters teamwork, communication, trust and cooperation. Dance
also has been proven to nurture important life skills, such as discipline and focus.
Dancers naturally display confidence, self-esteem and poise. These skills are developed
through participating in dance performances.
Artistic Benefits – One of the greatest benefits of dance is that it sparks a child’s
imagination and nurtures individual creativity in a unique way. Dance classes share the
joy of physical self-expression in a supportive and structured setting. This can have a
positive impact on children who have limited physical abilities, who act out or who have a
difficult time sitting still. Involving children in dance also teaches the basic elements of
creative movement, such as time, space, rhythm and design.
While people may not be as familiar with modern dance as with ballet or jazz, modern
dance in particular honors the creative spirit and celebrates the individual. Modern dance
does not simply conform to conventional movements, shapes and patterns. Instead, it
requires the young dancer to learn movement from the inside out, nurturing the body and
focusing the mind. This form of dance especially is welcoming to children of all shapes,
sizes and genders.
There is one final reason to get your child dancing. Research proves there is a strong link
between involvement in the arts and increased educational achievement. In fact, one
study showed that “students who participate in the arts are not only more likely to
participate in a math and science fair, but also out-perform their peers on the SATs by 87
points” (www.artsusa.org). These educational benefits are gained by students regardless
of their socioeconomic status.
There’s sure to be a dance class that fits your child’s interests and your schedule, so why
wait? Enroll your child in a dance class. The lessons she or he learns will last a lifetime.
Debra Strickland is the executive director of Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, southwest
Michigan’s only professional modern dance company. Debra holds a Master of Public
Administration degree from Western Michigan University and has been passionate about
working in the arts and women’s issues for nearly a decade.