Thursday, April 28, 2011

National Dance Week!

Spring has finally arrived in the Philly area and we could not be happier! This is always a great time of the school year for our dancers to start thinking about what they have been learning each week in class. We decided to celebrate National Dance Week by showing off for our classmates one thing we learned in dance class that we are most proud of! Our students showed off everything from backbends to tendus and passes and leaps to plies! Each student really thought hard about what they wanted to showcase as their "best" dance and they all did great! The parents will be getting a picture of their dancer showing off his/her "best" dance soon and I know everyone is very excited to see how the pictures turned out!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Gearing Up For Summer!

Our last month of classes is about to begin, and that can only mean one thing ... Summer classes start in only a couple of weeks!

Summer is a great time for kids to join LPCW! What a great way to add the arts and some structure to our children's summer. We still offer classes each week, but at a nicely reduced rate. Children and parents alike love this!

It's not too late to sign up and have your children start learning and living through the arts. Let their creativity soar!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Parent Observation is Coming Up!

LPCW Parents~

Our spring parent observation or "Informance" will be coming up soon!  Be sure to mark your calendars for the week of May 21-27 at your child's regular class time.  Students are getting excited about inviting you to come and see a special class---showing off what we have been learning since January!  Hope to see you then!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Free Local Events for Families...

Now is a great time to start researching what will be going on in your community for summer family fun!  Many communities host 'Music in the Park', or 'Movies on the Lawn' or 'Theatre in the Park' type events for families that are free.  These are wonderful opportunities for your children to experience theatre and music at a great price:  FREE!!  Check your local papers or call your local chamber of commerce or tourism office.

Many National Landmarks host great art events for families in the spring and summer---any that are surrounding you are great ones to check!

Happy Spring!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fun for You & Your Children....

Check out the Eagle Cam at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens!  You can get an up close look at three eaglets and their parents in the nest.  It is a live cam--and so fun to watch.

The past few months we have been working on tempo--one of our exercises was 'Birdie in the Nest, Birdie Out of the Nest'; so your children will have a neat connection with what is going on inside this real nest!  Enjoy!  {Warning:  it has been known to be addicting to watch this cam!}

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Eastern NC Summer Info....

Summer is almost here!  We are gearing up for a great summer program here in Eastern NC---not to be missed!  In addition to our weekly classes offered onsite at daycares and preschools, here are extras being offered in Greenville, NC for Summer 2011:

Weekly Preschool Community Dance Classes at the Music Academy:  Wednesdays, 11:30-12:15, June 8-August 10  (for students not in daycare or preschool during the summer)

Preschool Dance Camps:  weeks of June 20-24 & July 18-22, 9am-12pm each day at the Music Academy on Red Banks Rd.


Half-Day Camps:

Lights, Cameras, Action!:  June 20-24, 1-5 pm each day at The Oakwood School

Phantom of the Theatre:  July 11-15, 1-5 pm each day at The Oakwood School

Theatre Rocks!: July 18-22, 1-5 pm each day at The Oakwood School

Full-Day Camps:

Acting Campservatory #1:  August 1-5, 9am-5pm daily at the Music Academy

Acting Campservatory #2:  August 8-12, 9am-5pm at the Music Academy


Don't miss the exciting summer---give us a call today to register your child!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Flowers in Bloom

There is excitement in the spring air in the Charlotte Mecklenburg region. Just like the flowers are blooming, our students are blossoming into beautiful dancers. They are mastering those last few skills before showing them off for our special "Parent Informances" in May. They can't wait to show what we have been up to since January. Mark your calendars for May 23-27 during your child's regular dance day and time. Hope to see you there.

ps- Don't forget your cameras!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Young Child's Creativity....

The movie Monsters, Inc actually came from a 30 year-old man's drawings that he did when he was 3!  Don't discount your young child's early creative endeavors----they could lead to big things! And always be sure to encourage them--we were all meant to be creative.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Young Actors Filming.....

Turning the science room into a movie studio!  Young Actors Workshop is our acting program for ages 6-14.  We have a blast!  Check out these great pictures of one of our acting classes working on the filming of their spring presentation yesterday.  Screen acting is very different from stage acting--we have been able to work on skills that we are unable to spend much time working on when rehearsing for the stage.  Each scene has to be taken from several angles---grueling work!  A local filmmaking student worked with us and is filming our spring project that we will be presenting as a movie night in May.  Join in the fun---we have several great acting camps, workshops, and classes that we will be offering this summer.  Check with the director of your region to get a schedule!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Successful Creative Parenting.....

Taken from Joanne Bath's studio notes:

Joanne Bath

Positive Parental Involvement
Posture for fun!
Practice things together
Positive environment
Play music


be Considerate
be Consistent
be Creative
be Calm
be Cognizant
be in Control
be Confident

Monday, April 4, 2011

Ballet in Cinema!!! Not to miss!

Be sure to check out!  This is a great opportunity to see professional performances at wonderful prices! See if there is a cinema in your area that will be showing one soon.  These are not old performances--they are shown in the theatres sometimes within hours of the stage performance!

Many of these are even shown LIVE!!!  Your children will love them!

Friday, April 1, 2011

This Weekend W/ Your Kids.....

Do something fun and creative with your children this weekend!  Here are a couple of fun ideas:


With a small bag of cement mix just enough to go into a large pot saucer.  Before you pour it in line the saucer with plastic wrap.  Pour the mixed cement in and then have fun adding fun mementos from a vacation, trip, fun hobby, etc.--small toys or trinkets work great.  After 24-48 hours it will be ready for your yard/garden!


Take a wide piece of masking tape and put it around each child's wrist with the sticky side facing out.  Take a nature walk and as they find fun treasures they can stick it on their "bracelet".  When you get home they can put it up on a bulletin board as a special reminder of their fun time with you!

Enjoy your weekend---be CREATIVE!!