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Holiday Memories

There are dates in our lives that become engraved in our memories. December 14th is one of those days for me! Three years ago on December 14th was our studio’s last Christmas show.   This was not the original plan, and although the studio has produced one January show after that, I have not done another Christmas show since this night.  COVID has helped me make that choice, but I will also admit that it has been challenging to think about doing a Christmas performance after all that happened at this one. Times goes fast, and sometimes details of a particular…

Setting Team Goals for 2022

As we prepare for a new year, it is time to do some Goal Setting. Today I am going to discuss four different ways to set your goals for your teams at your studio. The new generation of students wants to be involved in decisions and work side by side with you. Instead of fighting Gen Z, I say we embrace it and work with them. Last year I decided to ask my advanced tap class to help select the music for their dance. I gave them three choices and let them pick. Now, you might be thinking that is…

Set Goals That Matter

Last month I talked about Goal Setting for your teams and classes. This month I wanted to focus on helping you set goals for yourself in 2022. There are many different strategies when it comes to setting goals. I am going to share three of my personal favorites with you in hopes that one will resonate with you and help you set yourself up for success in 2022. Before I started using these methods I would sit for hours and not know where to begin to set goals that really mattered. I would make more of a resolution that would…

It’s Time for Teambuilding

Our students are overwhelmed, stressed, and filled with anxiety these days. It is our job to notice and adjust our sails in the classroom! One of the best ways to do this is with team-building exercises. You might think that it is a waste of time to do this, but it is not! It is what is getting our students through this very difficult time. I have seen a dramatic shift over the last four weeks in our students. They are getting more and more stressed and need some fun in their lives. I am going to share with you…

Reaching Enough-Ness?

My first year of business, I was answering phones, teaching classes, all while bouncing my new baby on my hip. Work was day and night with no pay; at one point my husband called it my volunteer job, honestly that comment made my head explode. Yes, we are still married. But to be honest he was right, and I was busting my butt for no reward. It was slowly wearing me down, I never felt I was enough. So, I started setting goals. I clearly remember sitting in the bathtub wishing that my fall enrollment would have 75 kids. My…

Should I Dance in My Own Recital?

Should you dance in your own recital? Yes. I know it may not be everyone’s jam to perform in their own show. The recital, after all, is about the kids and we certainly don’t need to add another thing to our to-do list. But, I want to offer a different perspective, share some helpful tips, and encourage you to get on that big stage next time around! The number one reason you should be performing in your recital is to SET THE EXAMPLE. We can talk “the talk” all we want, but if we want our students to encompass all…

Winter Activities: Snow Much Fun!

Now that the dance season is well underway, our little ones are quickly gaining independence and confidence with each passing class. As winter approaches you may be itching to change things up and add new activities to keep your lesson plans fresh and relevant. After all, theming our learning objectives to what children are experiencing in real-life can make learning more meaningful and effective. In addition, adding novelty to our classes ignites excitement and curiosity. It’s what creates the big eyes, wide smiles, and adorable giggles. That’s because when we experience something new and exciting, a rush of the feel…

What is Classroom Management?

Do you remember the first time you heard the term “classroom management”?  I don’t remember exactly, but looking back on my early teaching years, I do know that I was not “managing” anything. I honestly didn’t know it was something I needed. I assumed kids loved to dance. I thought they would be happy to be in class, engaged with the fun activities I had planned, and cling to my every word. As you can imagine, these unrealistic expectations led to some major classroom issues.  Whenever my students veered off-track, I would do anything and everything to get them back…

5 Must Have Songs for Every Early Childhood Dance Class

The music you choose for your early childhood dance classes is no light decision. Your selections are crucial for successful class engagement, excitement, and education. Today I am sharing five songs that should be included on every early childhood dance playlist.   1. Freeze Dance Songs– The freeze dance isn’t just a fun activity for the end of class or as a reward for good behavior. Oh, no friends. The freeze dance should be a staple in every class and I recommend it be the first activity you do in every class. Not only does the freeze dance allow for…

Your Voice Matters

Play Video Andrea Trench is dedicated to helping dance teachers create and deliver content that is research-based and developmentally appropriate for children under the age of 6. Her primary focus is classroom management, conceptual teaching, and foundational movement skill development in early childhood dance education. In addition, Andrea uses her 12 years of experience as a partner in a dance studio to inspire, equip, and empower educators.