6 Ways to Combat Spring Fever

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As spring rolls in, so does the challenge of keeping dancers engaged and
focused. The change in weather and the proximity to the end of the school year can make it difficult for students to stay motivated. Here are some exciting strategies we've implemented at our dance studio to combat spring fever and keep our dancers on their toes—literally and figuratively!

1. Dress-Up Themed Spring Week
Nothing spices up the routine like a theme week. We dedicate one week in spring where every day has a different dress-up theme. Think 'Tutu Tuesday' or 'Wacky Wednesday'. This light-hearted fun brings excitement and gives students something to look forward to each day.

2. Parent Observation Days
Inviting parents to observe classes can boost students' drive to perform well. It’s a joy for parents to see the progress their children have made, and the dancers feel proud to showcase their skills. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for parents to interact with the teachers and understand more about the learning process. We schedule ours for the second week in May each year and combine it with student awards week. It is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Students show off skills they have been working on, the parents get a sneak peek of their recital dance, and the students are awarded fun special awards.

3. Show and Tell with Other Classes
We occasionally organize sessions where different classes perform for each other. This not only fosters a sense of community among different age groups and skill levels but also inspires students by exposing them to a variety of dance forms and mastery levels within their own studio. We always see a spark in excitement and engagement after a show and tell week.

4. End-of-Class Dance Party
To make the most of the spring energy, we end some classes with a 5-minute dance party. We bring all the classes together, switch on the party lights, and let them dance freely. This is a perfect way for students to socially interact with each other and unwind in addition to changing up the normal vibe.

5. Mirrorless Days
To prepare for recitals and improve focus, we cover our studio mirrors with paper the first week of May. Students then draw their audience on the paper, which helps them visualize performing in front of a live crowd. This technique boosts their confidence and improves their ability to perform without relying on mirror feedback. They also have fun showing off their drawing and artistic skills.

6. Skill-Related Games and Contests
Incorporating games and contests that focus on specific dance skills can
turn repetitive practice into an exciting challenge. Whether it’s a pirouette contest or a flexibility challenge, rewarding students helps to keep the competitive spirit alive and encourages continuous improvement. Make sure to have some fun prizes such as buttons, stickers, or slap bracelets handy for prizes.

Spring fever doesn’t have to mean a dip in productivity. With these strategies, we've managed to keep our dancers engaged, focused, and excited about their progress and performances. These activities not only make the studio a fun place to be but also enhance the learning experience, ensuring that every student can dance their way through spring with enthusiasm and dedication.

Implementing these strategies can transform the typical spring-time slump into a period of productive fun, helping students to develop their skills while enjoying every step of the dance journey.

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Pam Simpson is the founder, president, and driving force behind Forte Arts Center, which was established in Morris, Illinois in 1993. In addition to building her business from a small, one room studio to a large, multi-location organization that offers dance, tumbling and cheer programs as well as private music lessons, Pam is a leading force in the realm of small business ownership in the dance and tumbling industries as she travels all over the country speaking to and educating for large organizations such as Rhee Gold Company, Dance Teacher Summit, and More Than Just Great Dancing. When not working on her businesses, Pam enjoys spending time with her family and visiting her daughter, who is a performer at Walt Disney World.

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