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Because of Dance

Because of dance, kids can use their energy for good! Dancing is a highly physical activity, and kids who take dance lessons regularly can expect to notice a significant improvement in their overall physical health. Dancing can increase your child's flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina, improve muscle tone, correct posture, increase balance and coordination, and improve overall cardiovascular health. Dancing is an effective form of exercise that feels like fun for kids!
by Suzy Simpson
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‘Twas the Night Before Recital

''Twas the night before recital, all is quiet and sound. All the costumes are pressed, not a wrinkle is found. My dance shoes are ready in my dance bag with care. And my mommy has brushed out my fake dancer's hair. In my room I do practice one more time before bed. A plié, then tendu, now I must rest my head. I am dreaming of solo's, center stage, and spotlights. Wish us luck at recital, and to all a good night!
by Suzy Simpson
little girl smiling with a flower in her hand

What is Brain Dance®?

Developed by dance educator and author, Anne Green Gilbert, the BrainDance is a full body-brain exercise based on developmental movement patterns that healthy human beings naturally move through in the first year of life. These movements help to integrate reflexes that are the foundation for healthy brain development. The movements develop our whole brain (brain stem, mid-brain/limbic system, and cortex). As babies, we did these brain-developing movements on the floor. As children and adults, we continue to review these patterns in a variety of ways to keep our brains and bodies strong. Cycling through these patterns daily or weekly may also fill in missing gaps in our sensory-motor system due to birth trauma, lack of floor time as an infant, or illness or head injury as a child or adult.
by Suzy Simpson
little girl smiling with a flower in her hand

What to expect at 3-D Dance

1. Core Values that align with your family values 2. Risk-Free Enrollment 3. Viewing windows and closed-circuit cameras in every classroom 4. Easy and consistent dress code 5. Performance opportunities 6. Clear and consistent communication
by Suzy Simpson
little dancing girls in pink dresses

Everything I Learned, I Learned at a Dance Recital

It’s dance recital season — that amazing time of the year where parents, grandparents, and the bravest of family friends crowd into high school auditoriums and watch children in what is often one of their very first times on stage. Moms have battle stations with bobby pins and red lipstick, safety pins and hair spray, ready to doll up their children for approximately three minutes of pizzaz, tears, or a little of both.
by Suzy Simpson
kids in dance class costumes

Why I Pay for Dance Class?

One of my friends asked "Why do you pay so much money and spend so much time running around for your daughter to dance ?" Well I have a confession to make: I don't pay for my daughter's dance lessons. Or her pointe, Jazz & tap shoes. Or her hundreds of costumes. So, if I am not paying for dance , what am I paying for?
by Suzy Simpson
dance class on stage

Stretching For Dancers’ Mental Health

Dancers are known for their sometimes circus-like contortions, whether it’s pulling a leg to their forehead or bending their back in an arabesque. Along with technique class and strengthening exercises, stretching is likely one of the largest parts of a dancer’s daily regimen. But what about “stretching” something other than your hamstrings?
by Suzy Simpson