12 Days of Christmas -Gift Guide for Dancers

The holiday season is upon us!  My trees are up, yes yes I know it is before Thanksgiving and we need to “celebrate one holiday at a time” but I’m gonna be real with you.  I’m a studio owner mom of 3 kids.  I had one chance to get my house decorated and that one…

Young Children and Advancement –Part 2

This is the second part of  Young Children and Advancement.  If you are looking for the first post click here. Just to quickly recap… Sometimes parents have a hard time seeing the advancement in their young dancers, these posts help parents, and teachers, understand what advancement looks like in a young dancer, specifically a dancer…

Grateful Hearts

Dear ECPAC and Boogie Babies Dancing School dance families,   As Thanksgiving draws nearer, we wanted to take a moment to express our thanks to YOU, for trusting us with your child’s dance education and allowing us to be a positive light in your child’s life.  We are grateful that you’ve chosen us for your studio…

Young Children and Advancement-Part 1

When it comes to competition teams my sweet spot is 10 and under jazz.  I love them.  I absolutely adore them.  They are open to anything and love everything!  This is such an important time in their dance education, it’s where the good habits are formed and the foundation for growth is prepared.  In this…

Positive Classes For Tiny Dancers

In the studio, our tiny dancers need special care.  The main goal of the teacher and studio should be to foster a love of dance while teaching safe classes with age and developmentally appropriate curriculum.  It is so important for our dancers who are 2-5 years old to be set up for success so they…

Dance in my shoes

From The Beginning  My mom, like so many other great moms, put me in dance class at 2 years old.  I was instantly hooked.  At 6 years old I knew I wanted to be a dance teacher and own a dance studio.  At 8 my mom moved me to the dance studio around the corner…

Creating opportunities for young dancers

We don’t teach kids to be great dancers, we teach dance to make great kids! This single sentence is the core of the studio; it is what we base every single one of our classes on. When children come to dance class they are learning so much more than dance steps.  The skills these dancers…

Safety in Dance Education

Did you know the dance studio industry is totally unregulated?  Anyone can open a dance studio and teach dance classes.  There is no mandatory license, no test you have to take, no required continued education.  As dance teachers, we are in charge of keeping children’s minds and bodies safe and healthy but a dog groomer…

We are more than what we produce

Being ambitious my entire life I find myself getting wrapped up in what I produce or accomplish. I think a lot of entrepreneurs get in this trap. Right now I am in a building season and I am having a hard time not falling into a slump. In business (and in life really) there are different seasons. …

Five Benefits of Dance

At East County Performing Arts Center and Boogie Babies Dancing School, we believe that learning how to dance should be an encouraging and positive experience for children at any age!  And while the dance steps themselves are an important element to every class, the benefits of dance go far beyond pliés and pirouettes. Here are…

Lessons from Mary

I recently had the opportunity to read Bella Bunny to an elementary school, which is becoming one of my favorite things to do.  I usually read to first graders and younger, then we have a question and answer session, which is completely adorable! It was right before winter break and I could not help but…