Choosing a Dance Studio – Look for Qualified Teachers

Qualified Teachers.  Just as all dance studios are not alike, neither are all dance studio instructors. Your child’s future success as a dancer depends on those who invest and teach your child today. It is best to begin good technique from the start; bad habits learned at a young age are extremely hard to break. Do your research. Check the dance studio’s website, find the faculty and staff biographies and look for their qualifications. Make sure the instructor holds a degree in dance, is certified to teach dance, or has danced with a professional company. Ideally, you’ll want the instructors … Continued

Bring a Friend to Dance Week

Bring a Friend to Dance Week Aug 24 On this special week, we invite all students in Buttercups through Division A to bring a friend to dance for a day.  Your friend can join you in the fun and festivities with surprises in every class! Invitations are available in the studio and the attached can be emailed to your friends. We are looking forward to meeting your friends! Questions? email us at info@sedma.us

Part 1 in How to Have an Amazing Dance Recital Experience in 5 Easy Steps

It will soon be that very special time of year for all dance students and their families; the dance recital. The dance recital showcases all the hard work of dance lessons as soon as your child hits the stage! As an accomplished dance instructor, I have seen many children in our dance classes do well in recitals, and the key to an amazing experience is preparation. I am happy to report that with just five easy steps, you and your child will have a wonderful recital experience. Step 1:  Good Attendance The number one thing you can do to prepare … Continued

Navigate through the Summer Audition Process

As you navigate through the Summer Audition process, there are a few tips that can help you decide what is the best direction for you! Pointe Magazine address this an article about behind the scenes at summer intensive auditions and how to navigate through the acceptances. Enjoy reading the article and let us know your thoughts on the audition experience.  

Pointe Prep from Ballet Scene

Reprinted: August 2014 | Ballet Scene | Pointe Prep   August 1, 2014   Gearing up for pointe work involves the mind and core as well as the feet By Mary Ellen Hunt “When can I go on pointe?” It’s a question young dancers often ask with bated breath. For Kathy Kozul, who teaches at The Gold School in Brockton, Massachusetts, preparing young dancers physically, and also mentally, with pre-pointe exercises is an essential part of making sure they’re ready, before they ever put on a pointe shoe. A former member of Boston Ballet and Boston Repertory Ballet, Kozul served … Continued

How to Celebrate a Dancer’s Accomplishments

Every year that passes in a dancer’s life marks new achievements to be celebrated! And at dance studios around the world we celebrate! Just as the school year ends, a dance students hard work is exhibited on stage for all to see from the tiny two-year-old to those graduating and moving onto the next big thing in their life! It is fun to think of creative ways to celebrate! We are hoping you can add to our basic list of ideas! Flowers (got to love them!) Ballet Necklace Special cupcakes Bobby Pin Case Special Water Bottle A Photo made into … Continued

Thoughts from a Young Dancer on Auditioning

The following are the thoughts of a young dancer, Sydney, as she auditioned for some of the most prestigious summer programs in the country, SAB and ABT. Sydney will be attending the ABT NY Young Dancer Summer Workshop this summer. This year is the first year that I felt ready to audition for a summer ballet workshop.  During the car ride there, I had butterflies and I was nervous that they wouldn’t pick me.  But, once I got there, I started to feel just fine.  The people running the audition were very kind and I felt comfortable around them.  The audition … Continued

Learn About Johann Sebastian Bach

The biography of Johann Sebastian Bach  March 5, 1685 – July 27, 1750 Baroque Period Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany, where his father was a town musician. Bach came from a long line of composers – over 300 years’ worth of Bachs all worked as professional musicians. By the time Johann was 10, both his parents had died, so he was brought up by his older brother, who was a church organist. Johann became a very good organist, too. Johann Sebastian Bach held three major jobs in his life: first he worked for a duke, then for a … Continued

Local Dancer Competes for the Title of Teen Carlsbad

San Elijo Dance and Music Academy is proud to announce that Hannah Webb, a student at the Academy, will be putting her best foot forward as she competes in the 59th  Annual Miss and Teen Carlsbad Scholarship Pageant sponsored by the Lion’s Club. As one of fifteen Teen Carlsbad contestants, Hannah’s unique talent of dancing, strong academics, and commitment to volunteering in the community makes her an excellent candidate for the title of Miss Carlsbad. Hannah Kay Webb is a Junior at Carlsbad High School.  In addition to her strong academics, Hannah loves to dance. Dancing for 13 years, 8 … Continued

How to Choose a Dance Studio

Looking at the Studio Focus There are dance studios, dance schools, and teachers for everyone — from the tiny two and-a-half-year-old aspiring ballerinas to the serious student with a desire to improve their already sharp skills. The question arises, how do you choose which dance studio is right for you? Before you run off and sign up your aspiring dancer, there are a few things you should know about choosing a dance studio or dance school. Over the next few weeks the following information will help you determine what you or your child is looking for in a training program. … Continued