Here at The Colorado Academy of Music and Dance, we want our students to be successful in and outside of dance class. To aide in our students success we value and spend time working on Focus, Discipline, and Respect in all our dance classes. If your child’s school year has gotten off track, take this opportunity to redirect their path and help them find focus again. With the New Year approaching, there’s nothing like a fresh start!
Below are 3 easy tips to helping your child focus:
1. Set Expectations Early:
Explain to your children that just as you have many important responsibilities (at home, at work, in your community, etc.), learning is their most important “job” right now. The earlier you set your expectations and establish a routine for homework, chores, and extra curricular activities, the easier it will be to maintain. Talk about these new expectations and set a date when they will start, like January 1, 2013!
2. Manage Distractions:
Although eliminating every possible distraction is nearly impossible, there are ways to manage and minimize the number of things that can pull a child’s focus away. Start with technology: no television, phone or computer until homework and practice are done. Those new holiday presents may be fun, but instilling work before play is good habit to learn for life.
3. Establish Rules for Homework/Practice Time:
There is nothing more distracting than a knock on the door and an invitation to play when it’s homework time or your child is practicing. Require that your children’s homework and studying be completed (neatly and correctly) before going out to play. Building this personal discipline and attention to details will aide in their ability to focus on the task at hand.
Interested in helping your child build focus while channeling energy through a productive outlet? Here at The Colorado Academy of Music and Dance in Colorado Springs, we have just the thing you’re looking for. We’re currently offering new students a fantastic introductory dance program. Dance classes available for adults, teens, and kids ages two and up. Call and schedule your intro lesson today! (719) 635-1004
I want to take a minute to talk about something near and dear to my heart: the need for positive role models in children’s lives. A role model, by definition, is any person who serves as an example, whose behavior is emulated by others.
As our Urban Nutcracker rehearsals are in full swing I am reminded how important these performance opportunities are for our students. Not only do they get the opportunity to be a part of a production and perform on a stage, but there are so many lessons and experiences in the preparation for the show that are important and valuable too. Just the other day in dance class, I over heard some younger students discussing how they got to meet “Clara” in rehearsal the past weekend. They were gushing about how nice she was to them and that they couldn’t wait until they could be like her in a few years. The next time I saw “Clara” in class I told her what the younger girls had said and told her that she is now a role model for our younger students. That evening I saw a post online from “Clara” talking about her new found responsibility and how she hopes “to inspire the younger students to keep dancing so someday they will be Clara too”.
This performance is already touching and changing lives it hasn’t even hit the stage yet. The younger students get the chance to see what they will be able to do and the expanded performance opportunities they will get if they put in the time and dedication to their dancing. The older students become role models for the younger students and work harder to live up to the expectations and responsibilities they now have. I’ve even seen more of the older students start to take on mentoring roles in dance classes by helping younger or less experienced dancers.
This is the kind of dance community we strive to foster here and Springs Dance. One with positive role models training the next generation of dancers to be confident leaders in dance and in life.
If you or your child would like to become a part of our positive dance community and have the opportunity to learn from caring and nurturing dance instructors, click here to find out more about our dance program.
- Springs Dance at The Colorado Academy of Music and Dance in Colorado Springs, CO.
You’ve probably figured out by now that we’re more than just a dance studio. We spend a lot of time talking about character development, leadership training, and personal goal-setting in all of our classes. In fact, we make it a priority.
Check out what students and parents are saying about our programs and instructors. You’ll notice they’re getting a lot more out of dance class than just dance moves.
“I love the confidence it gives Addie during class and the sense of community it gives my girls.”
– Amanda Manning – mother of two students
“Wow what a workout and how it has improved my outlook on my world. This is the best place for young and young at heart!”
–Kendra Bonin – adult student
“The teachers are very encouraging; they expect and know how to get the best performance from my girls.”
–Rebecca Lee – mother of two students
“The best part is how supportive and encouraging all the teachers have been. It’s really been a real confidence booster! I have grown in ways I never expected. It’s really helped me to come out of my shell! I love the staff: I’ve never met more encouraging people in my life. That has definitely kept me coming back.”
- student and mother of three students
Even though I’m new, I am never made to feel like I don’t know what I’m doing.
–Ali Eustice – student and a mother of a student
We’d love to add you to this list of thrilled dance students at our studio here in Colorado Springs. It is our goal and mission to help students become more successful in all parts of their life because of their training here.
If you’ve spent any time at all around The Colorado Academy Of Music and Dance you’ve probably already noticed that we’re about more than just providing great dance and martial arts classes.
We spend a considerable amount of time teaching character development and personal responsibility. Our staff focuses on teaching leadership skills, goal-setting, and helping students to build confidence and self-esteem.
As I was chatting with the parent of a potential student the other day she asked how we accomplish all of this in a dance class. It’s all about immersion. Students at the academy in Colorado Springs are surrounded by an attitude of excellence. Students learn focus, discipline, and respect, and this helps create the right atmosphere for better learning and training.
This dance studio sponsors events like Parents’ Night Out. Parents are invited to drop their kids off and have a night out to themselves while their children participate in fun activities and get some additional dance and martial arts classes. But it’s more than just fun and games. Every activity has a purpose that further enhances the mission of the studio, personal character development.
As I’m writing this dance blog entry we just completed a parents’ night out that was particularly successful. I was so impressed with the dance teachers and studio staff. They had come up with an activity where students write one way to show respect on a fall-colored leaf and then decorated the studio with them. Everywhere students look there is something in the dance studio that reminds them that this is about more than just dance lessons.
The dance studio staff lead the students through other fun games, classes, and activities that all had a greater purpose; either teaching focus, showing respect, or practicing honesty and integrity. I was proud to be a part of this organization. At the end of the evening parents arrived and students didn’t want to leave. Not only are we a dance studio that prioritizes character development, we’re a studio where students actually enjoy it!
If you’re not already part of our organization we’d love to show you all that we can do. We offer dance, music, and martial arts lessons for students of all ages and abilities. But, as you’ve probably already noticed after reading this, we’re more than just a dance studio or martial arts school. Give us a call at (719) 635-1004 to get started in one of our intro programs right away.
What could you do with unshakeable confidence, focus, and discipline?