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8 Tips for Helping You Find Your Own Dance Style

Some dancers just have that ‘it’ factor.

A unique dance style that’s all their own and makes them stand out on stage. If you are wondering about finding and developing your individual style, we have eight tips to help you.  

Master your mechanics.  

You can only develop your style if you have your fundamentals down. That means mastering the mechanical skills you need for each dance genre you’re perfecting. With a strong foundation, you can execute movements and tell your story in a way that grips the audience and makes you stand out.  

Study your favorite music.  

The music you gravitate towards will be a source of inspiration when you’re struggling to find your style. There’s no right or wrong answer; it depends on what you like most and what resonates best with you.  

Open your mind.  

It can be easy to mimic your favorite dancer who inspires you while dancing. However, you will never grow your own style with this approach. If you want to challenge yourself and develop more, you have to forget about everyone else. Let your muscle memory and the music take over, and see how your body responds to it. Dance from your heart with passion and emotion, and you’ll be surprised at what emerges.  

Expose yourself to different genres.  

If you’re working to develop your style, exposing yourself to as many different dance genres and instructors as possible is crucial. If you force yourself into new worlds and out of your comfort zone, you’ll have a much more diverse dance background, which will help you find your style. Whether it’s acro, ballet, or hip hop working with different instructors, will help you gain a more accurate sense of your strengths and weaknesses, which can help during the development process.   

Work alone.  

Working on your style in the studio with eight to ten other dancers is difficult. It’s distracting and hard to focus on creating something unique and all your own. You should practice alone as much as possible outside of dance class. Whether at home, taking a walk, or in the studio, focus on practicing alone every week. You’ll be less self-conscious and better able to concentrate as you work.  

Be sure to journal as you go so you can easily reference your sessions and figure out what you like and what you don’t like. You should also consider recording yourself so you can critique yourself afterward. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you’re watching the footage. Instead, look for moments that look uniquely like you and use that as insight for your next practice session.  

[Want to know what it’s like to be a competitive dancer? Click here!]

Be patient.  

You’re passionate about dance and desperately want to develop your style, but give it time. These things don’t happen overnight or even over a few weeks. A personal style is created over long periods of time, during experiences, with practice and hard work. Also, keep in mind that dance style is something that evolves constantly. So be open to change; change is ok! Embrace it, and remember it’s all a part of the adventure. 

Confidence is key.  

When it comes to two dancers performing, whether in the studio or on the stage, a big factor that can make one stand out over another is confidence. If you believe in yourself and feel good about the dance style you’re developing, then let it shine through. Your fellow dancers and instructors will undoubtedly take notice.  

Dancers who push themselves to find their own dance style will begin to blossom quickly. The excitement of developing and progressing provides a sense of accomplishment in dancers, and when they do this, their confidence will soar as they grow more comfortable in their own skin.  

Are you ready to take your child’s dance to another level and help your child find their style? Contact the expert and high-trained staff at Evolution Dance Complex today! 

 

8 Realistic Resolutions for Dancers

Unfortunately, many of us don’t bother with resolutions because they are too hard to keep.

The key to sticking with your goals in the new year is avoiding extreme resolutions and expecting magical transformations. Instead, take practical baby steps toward your goals and decide to make better choices.  

Here are eight simple and realistic resolutions that dancers can make to become better people and better dancers.   

Focus on your health.   

This just doesn’t mean stretching and exercising. It’s crucial to prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional health. Don’t let these things don’t take a back seat, especially as we embark on a fresh new year. Your health is everything, and it is your responsibility, so make self-care a priority in 2023.  

Invest in some “me time,” whether it’s physical therapy for that sore knee, massages, healthy food choices, more family time, getting more sleep, or investing in a foam roller – take care of your needs. You can’t give back if you don’t give to yourself first.  

Learn something new.   

As a dancer, we know your schedule is pretty full, but take some time to learn something new that will make you better at dancing.   

Some ideas include:  

  • Learning an instrument  
  • Yoga  
  • Mixing music  
  • Gymnastics  
  • Martial arts  

Be authentic.  

A round of “great jobs” is pretty routine in the studio, but how often are your kudos truly genuine? A round of applause is nice, but an authentic compliment means so much more.    

If you see a dancer working hard and improving, tell them in detail. If someone inspires you, let them know and thank them.    

Keep a dance journal.  

Take a few minutes to jot some things down in the evening. Note how you’re dancing, create a list of the classes you’ve taken, pieces you’ve been a part of, how you feel when you’re dancing, etc.     

Keeping a dance diary will provide an easy way to review your training, where you are succeeding, and where you need some extra help. It’s essential to take inventory and reflect once in a while. This gives you more clarity on where you want to go and how to get there.  

Make a new friend.  

You can’t be best friends with everyone, but you can make a conscious effort to make a genuine connection with someone new. Get to know someone in class by asking them questions about their life. Be open and chat with new teammates at competitions.   

You’ll never know the relationships you miss out on if you don’t take a chance.    

Know your body and mind.  

Understand when you need a break, and take it! The only thing worse than getting burnt out mentally or physically injured is to keep damaging yourself by continuing to dance when you need a moment.     

Your body and mind will know when to take a break. Don’t get anxious at the idea. Instead, enjoy your time off to rejuvenate your mind and body. Then you can come back fully ready to dance and learn.  

[Need tips for keeping that energy level high? Click here!]

Don’t compare.  

There’s so much talent in the dance community that it’s easy to feel envious. However, comparisons aren’t beneficial. They only dull your passion for the art of dance.   

Instead, if you develop a spirit of appreciation, you will find yourself being pushed by others’ successes instead of feeling threatened.   

Get out of your comfort zone.   

Say yes to more things that feel uncomfortable or scary. You don’t know what the future holds, and you’ll never know if you say no to things. Be open, and don’t be so quick to reject opportunities that come your way.     

Use your instincts to make sound judgments, but do not let the fear of failure hold you back. Give new and uncomfortable things a chance, and see where it takes you!  

These eight small, realistic resolutions will fuel your passion and work ethic as a dancer. This year, resolve to help you become a healthier, happier dancer. New Year’s resolutions should make you feel inspired and motivated, not anxious and overwhelmed. Start small and take realistic baby steps to help attain your goals.   

Are you or your child ready to try dance in the new year? Contact the dance experts at Evolution Dance Complex today! 

5 Tips for Keeping a Dancers’ Energy Levels High

Dancers are artists, but they’re also athletes who must support their busy schedules with long-lasting energy. 

From the foods you eat to how you eat and care for your mind and body, you can develop choices that impact your energy levels. Let’s discuss five key strategies for dancers seeking high energy to get them through their day and their performances. 

Functional fuel for your diet.  

Prioritizing healthy meal balance means incorporating a source of each nutrient within your food choices, especially your snack. Carbohydrates, protein, and fat are all macronutrients that are essential to a busy dancer’s diet and each provide many benefits. 

  • Carbohydrates replenish muscle and help to fuel your movement. Carbohydrates come from many foods like bread, veggies, fruits, and sweets. Be careful about the sweets you consume, while you may get a quick burst of energy, you will crash. 
  • If you’re sluggish and tired midway through class, it may be time to add more balance to your snacks. Good sources of protein and fat will help. Protein provides the minerals and nutrients vital for muscle recovery and will keep you feeling full.  
  • Feeling hungry while dancing does not help your energy levels and will leave you feeling heavy. Healthy fats will help support feeling satisfied between meals. A balanced mixed that provides protein and fat with your carbohydrates is the goal. Excellent sources of both proteins and fats include string cheese, chickpeas, hard-boiled eggs, hummus, guacamole, and nut butters. 

Stay hydrated.  

Start hydrating early in the day and work to stay consistent. The first thing you should do when you wake it up is consume a large glass of water. Grab a reusable water bottle and attempt actively hydrate throughout your day.

PRO TIP: Don’t love water? Add some lemon, lime, or orange slices for flavor. This can also help with energy levels.

You can find your hydration from other sources too! While water contributes to a good portion of our fluid intake, specific foods can boost your hydration levels. Make a yummy salad or pack some snacks to munch on throug the day. Some things to include: 

  • Tomatoes 
  • Cucumbers 
  • Celery 
  • Apples 
  • Watermelon 
  • Peaches 
  • Grapes 

Focus on meal timing.  

Dancers often know what foods are best for fueling their busy day, but many need help with timing, especially when it comes to snacking. When someone eats is just as important as what they eat. Going for long periods without properly fueling can affect energy levels and performance, and can leave dancers susceptible to injury. 

Regular meals and snacks will help to keep your energy up without causing you to feel sluggish while dancing. Create a plan to scatter your meals and snacks into five or six eating times through the day.

Get quality rest.  

Research shows that when athletes and dancers aren’t getting adequate sleep, coordination and balance suffer, leading to an increased potential for injury. In addition, your immune system is weakened, increasing your chances of getting sick. In a recent study, lack of sleep was shown to adversely affect reaction time and the ability to make quick decisions.  

It can be challenging to get adequate sleep as a busy dancer. Especially when working around a rigorous training and competition schedule. Some ways dancers can improve sleep quality include:  

  • Optimizing your sleep environment – Your bedroom should be a peaceful sanctuary, especially after a long day of school and dance. Keep it uncluttered and ensure it’s dark and cool; studies show optimal sleep temperatures are between 62 and 68 degrees.  
  • Stick to a schedule – Maintaining a consistent agenda can be challenging. However, finding consistency in sleep times can lead to a better night’s sleep.  
  • Create a relaxing nighttime routine – A soothing bedtime routine can help you relax and prepare your body and mind for sleep. Some things you can do include meditation-style breathing techniques, reading, journaling, or soaking in a warm bath.  
  • Limit electronics – Electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops emit blue light, interfering with our natural circadian rhythm. Avoiding screens before bed can help active dancers fall asleep faster and rest deeper.

Reevaluate your caffeine intake.

Too much caffeine can impact sleep and leave you feeling anxious and jittery. Aim for no more than two cups of coffee per day. Since caffeine is present in other foods and drinks, be mindful of caffeinated teas, sodas, and even chocolate intake.

Like warming up, proper nutrition and health management are vital to mastering your craft and keeping your energy high. Educating our dancers on how to improve their energy and longevity will set everyone up for success! Keeping our dancers mentally and physically healthy is extremely important at EDC. For more dance tips and essential class information, follow our informative blog and social media. 

Essential Do’s and Don’ts of Dance Class Etiquette

Your daily dance class is a special time and it’s important to take it seriously.

Understanding the dos and don’ts of dance class etiquette will help you have the best experience and dance education possible from your class.    

Everyone wants to be the teacher’s favorite, even in dance class, so there are a few simple rules of etiquette every dancer should know. Following these dance class etiquette tips will help you create good habits, stand out in auditions, and be more confident in performances.   

The DO’s   

DO make sure you are prepared.   

You always want to represent yourself in the best light, even during class. As dancers, it’s crucial to get in the habit of being prepared for that unpredictable moment when someone may notice you. Wear appropriate form-fitting clothes so your instructor can see your lines, keep your hair neat and back from your face, and remove jewelry. Most dance studios have specific rules for dress, so be sure to adhere to those.    

In addition to dressing appropriately, ensure you have eaten a good meal, drink plenty of water, and have snacks and water on hand.   

DO pay attention.   

Listening is a huge part of dance class etiquette. Staying focused and engaged while your teacher talks is respectful, and you will learn a lot if you keep your ears open. You can also learn from your peers. Listening to their questions and applying corrections will make you a better dancer.    

DO demonstrate spatial awareness.    

Dance classes are often crowded. Be aware of your movement, so you don’t step on or kick the other dancers around you.    

DO practice proper manners.    

Greet your teachers at the start of class, thank them if they offer you a correction, and be sure to apply that correction!    

Refrain from interrupting while they’re instructing by talking with your friends, practicing the choreography to the side, or asking questions. Questions should be asked once the teacher has finished.    

DO support fellow dance students.  

Respect your peers by giving them attention and as much of the studio space as possible when it’s their turn to dance. If the room is small or you’re expected to watch, give them your undivided attention.    

DO remember; dance class is for you!   

Class is a safe space to challenge yourself and grow as a dancer. Challenge yourself and focus on progress, not perfection. They are a great place to make connections, and perfect your dance etiquette.   

The DONT’s    

DON’T check your phone.   

Even if you have a 5-minute water break, sneaking a peek at your text messages or social media notifications is distracting to you and your classmates. Keep your phone on silent and tucked away.    

DON’T stand in front if you aren’t confident in the choreography.  

If you are new to the class or a specific combination, standing in the back is a good idea if you are unsure. Standing in front is a privilege and a responsibility since dancers behind you may be trying to follow along.   

DON’T arrive late or leave early.

Be considerate of your teacher and classmates by showing up on time and staying for the class duration. If you have to leave early or come late, notify your teacher before the start of class. Ensure your exit or entrance is swift and silent, so you’re not distracting.    

DON’T feed into bad habits.  

We all have pet peeves, and the truth is you probably have some bad habits you don’t even realize. This includes looking and acting like you’re bored or don’t want to be there. Standing with your arms crossed and with an apathetic expression gives off the impression you don’t care. Staying attentive and alert will keep your mind energized and shows your teacher you’re engaged in class.    

Dance classes open the door to learning and growing. There are so many positives to learning and taking the classes. If you follow all of the dos and don’ts of dance class etiquette, you will not only become a good student but positively stand out in any class.   

If you think dance classes are suitable for you or your child, keep these tips in mind to get the most out of your time in class. If you’d like to learn to dance and are in the Wilmington, NC, area, please contact our expert staff at Evolution Dance Complex. We’d love to share the joy of dance with you! 

5 More Incredible Reasons to Take an Adult Dance Class

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again (maybe a little louder this time): A person taking an adult dance class reaps so many rewards! However, there is one giant challenge that many of us face when considering exercise—getting started.  

It can be difficult to carve time out of your already busy schedule. Also, stepping outside of your comfort zone isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Sound familiar? We are all so good at avoiding the things that benefit our bodies and minds. Exercise is seen as a four-letter word by some.  

If that’s the case, a shift in perspective could do the trick! What if you view an adult dance class as the opportunity to move your body in a way that makes you feel good? Instead of focusing on how sweaty you get, think about how you feel at the end of class. Instead of thinking about how hard the class is, pay attention to the way you feel when you land a challenging move.  

A perspective shift can help you to try new things and break past barriers that keep you from trying new things, like an adult dance class. Have we convinced you yet? If not, read on for more reasons to get dancing today. 

Even More Reasons to Take an Adult Dance Class 

Improved Posture

Form is a large component of any form of dance, particularly in ballet. Dance has an impact on the core and back muscles that can lead to improved posture.  

Strengthens the Mind & Body

Even if you’re simply dancing for fun, it takes a good amount of strength to move your body in a controlled manner. Dance classes help you develop strength in your body with challenging movements. Plus, you strengthen your mind when you learn something new! 

Boosted Coordination

Taking an adult dance class helps enhance your posture, balance, and strength. Each and every one of those components can help increase your coordination. 

Raises Endurance

As many of you know, performing movements that were tough at one point become manageable when repeated often enough. Adult dance helps increase your endurance and energy to help you stay nimble while playing another sport or help you keep up with your family’s busy schedule. 

Make New Friends (or Bring One) 

Dance classes are a fun way to socialize and move your body. You’re instantly surrounded by a group of people with whom you have a common interest. On the flip side, you can bring along a friend to class to ramp up the fun and accountability.  

Take an Adult Dance Class in Wilmington, NC 

Perhaps it’s time to shake up your routine or maybe you need a way to move your body during the week. An adult dance class is a perfect way to strengthen your body and mind while giving your coordination and endurance a boost. 

You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for an adult dance class in Wilmington, NC. Register for one of our classes or contact us today to learn more! 

Need even more reasons to take adult dance classes? Check out our other blog post. 

6 Fantastic Reasons to Take Adult Dance Classes

The idea of dance class often conjures up images of little kids in tutus and toe shoes. The thing is that dancing is truly for anyone who wants to move their body! In fact, adult dance classes offer all kinds of physical and mental benefits you may not be aware of yet. 

Perhaps you’ve shied away from taking a dance class for adults in the past. Or maybe you think you don’t have enough coordination. No matter what has held you back, we’re here to tell you it’s time to sign up. Read on as we reveal just some of the reasons why you should start dancing today!

Adult dance classes boost confidence.

There is no greater feeling than seeing yourself make progress when learning something new. Adult dance students get gratification from mastering new skills, knowing that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to.  

You’ll gain greater body positivity.

Dance classes for adults help you mindfully move your body while building strength, balance, and tone. Movement and exercise have such powerful impacts on one’s mental and physical health. When you feel good in your body, it’s possible to be more positive about your progress. 

Improves and strengthens cognitive functioning.

When you take an adult dance class, you stretch the limits of your body while also stretching your mind. Learning dance helps your brain and memory stay nimble, allowing you to challenge yourself and focus on moving your body in a new way. 

Dance classes increase your energy.

As you may know, moving your body increases oxygen circulation. This allows your body to use its energy more efficiently. On top of that, exercise gets those endorphins going, helping you feel more energized and ready to take on anything! 

Moving your body is a stress buster.

We face so many daily challenges. Dance class is a welcome distraction from everyday stressors, allowing you time to recharge and refresh your mind and body. When you’re learning dance, you’re more focused on perfecting the moves and the rhythm of the music than the outside world—a relief indeed! 

You’ll improve the quality of your sleep.

Although there is still more to learn about how exercise and sleep are connected, there is no doubt that moving your body allows you to go to sleep faster and get higher quality sleep. Our adult dance classes at EDC are an hour and half of pure movement, allowing you to get better sleep at night. 

Adult Dance Classes Make Folks Feel Great 

There are numerous benefits to taking adult dance classes. Whether you’re looking to reduce stress, get better sleep, increase your body confidence or all of the above, it’s time to consider signing up. At Evolution Dance Complex, our adult dance classes are for all skill levels – no dance experience is required!  

If you’re ready to start dancing, visit our site to learn more about adult dance classes in Wilmington, NC. 

4 Ways That Dancing Helps Your Mental Health

When you move, you feel good, and it feels good to dance!

Of course, we know the physical benefits of dance, but there is more to it than that. Dancing has obvious positive effects on our physical well-being, but how about our mental health?

Dancing and movement are excellent for your body, mind, and soul, and there’s science to prove it! Keep reading for four ways that dancing helps your mental health.

Dancing can improve your self-esteem.

According to Very Well Mind, self-esteem is used to describe a person’s overall subjective sense of worth or value. In other words, self-esteem may be defined as how much you appreciate and like yourself. Self-esteem can be determined by factors including:

  • Feeling of security
  • Self-confidence
  • Identity
  • Sense of belonging

Learning a new skill, like dance, is hard work that can deliver some big-time mental rewards. Taking dance classes and rising to the challenge will encourage self-confidence and increase self-esteem. A strong presence on the dance floor can translate into other aspects of a dancer’s life and will start a cycle of positivity and confidence.

When you prove that you can learn new choreography and develop new skills through dance, you’ll find that your self-esteem will grow.

Dancing can expand your social circle.

Socialization is crucial for good mental health, and dance is great for expanding your social circle. Dance classes are typically conducted in groups, which pushes you to interact with people who share your same love of dance. Many of these people will become your closest friends.

A dance class is the perfect setting to make new friends and branch out socially. Maintaining positive social relationships is just as crucial to your health as physical activity or healthy eating. Studies show that being socially engaged leads to increased happiness, reduced stress, and a stronger immune system.

[Need to grow your child’s social circle this summer? Check out our 2022 dance camps!]

Dancing can have positive effects on your mood. 

Research shows that music and movement help enhance a person’s mood. It is why when you’re feeling down or overwhelmed, you just want to listen to some music and move. Dancing instantly uplifts your mood and can help improve your attitude and outlook on life.

An in-depth analysis of several different studies on the effects of dancing concludes that dancing has a positive impact on the treatment of depression.

Dancing can lower stress and anxiety.

Like any other form of cardio exercise, dancing has significant mood-enhancing benefits. Dancing causes your body to release powerful chemicals and hormones that can help your brain develop better sleep patterns and reduce stress.

In addition, scientists have been conducting research on dances’ ability to reduce anxiety for many years because of dances’ ability to “loosen up” participants, allowing them to dance in front of an audience of strangers. For decades, therapists have prescribed dance to patients suffering from social anxiety and a fear of public speaking. The idea behind this recommendation is that dance allows people to feel less self-conscious when interacting with people or when “speaking in front of an audience.”

Staying mentally and physically healthy is very important at Evolution Dance Complex. We consistently work with you or your child through our conditioning courses and rigorous dance technique classes to encourage fitness and fun!

Are you or your child ready to give dance a try in the new year? Contact the dance experts at Evolution Dance Complex today!

5 Tips for Taking Care of Yourself Over the Summer Break

Summer break is quickly approaching!

Those blissful, lazy days of summer where you can sleep in, stay in your pajamas all day, and not stress about studying or hustling from school to dance class!

Having breaks gives our bodies the time for a necessary reset and recharge. While it may feel like it is a great time to beach it all day and binge on Netflix at night, it’s vital that you also treat these moments as an opportunity to work on your goals and care for your body and mind so you are ready for the fall.

Keep reading five ways you can take care of yourself over the summer break and prepare for the upcoming dance season.

Eat well.

A balanced diet often goes out the window during summer break. We sleep in late and miss breakfast, grab a sugary muffin from the pantry, or munch on a bag of chips instead of opting for healthier options. Those burgers from the grill are hard to resist while the ice cream calls your name. Our regimented routine is long gone, leaving more time for inconsistency, lounging, and snacking.

It’s okay to include some sweet and savory treats in your diet, but it’s essential to stay balanced. Ensure you include a variety of whole foods in your diet. Having some spare time over the summer allows for cooking experimentation and healthy recipe creations. The summer is an ideal opportunity to refine meals and create the perfect ‘grab and go’ recipe for those days when you are short on time during the hectic school season.

[Need some healthy, quick snack ideas for competition season? Click here!]

Stay active.

Research some local places where you can participate in some healthy exercise classes. Pilates and yoga are great for dancers because they help with flexibility, core work, and mindset.

The highly qualified teachers at Evolution Healing Arts have some great options to keep your mind and body in shape this holiday season. They use the fundamentals of Yoga and Ayurveda to connect their students to their crafts; arts, fitness, education, and mindfulness practices are all offered and customized to meet each student’s needs.

Be sure to give something new a try this summer. When it comes to our weekly regimens, we don’t have time for trying new things, especially when it’s on top of our already packed dance schedule. So, plan to experiment some this summer, explore different options, bring along some friends, and have fun with it.

Seek out some workshops or camps.

You may be able to find some workshops, camps, or private lessons this summer season to help keep your dance technique fresh.

Dance workshops, intensives, clinics, and camps are great opportunities to try new styles and push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Get organized.

Decluttering your space is one of those things that needs to be done but often gets put off when we are busy.

Who doesn’t love a clean, organized space? With that extra time that summer break provides, use that free time to sort out your wardrobe, bedroom, dance bag, and more. Keep those things you actually use and speak to you, and get rid of those items that no longer benefit you.

Once you’ve organized the items you want to keep, you can donate what no longer serves you. This allows you to see what you have in your space and where you may need something new. You’re also receiving the health benefits of an enhanced mental state, improved sleep habits, and reduced allergens by decluttering.

Practice some self-care.

You have worked hard all year, be sure to take some time for yourself outside of dance. Things will feel more manageable if you tend to your needs first.

Pamper yourself a little; you earned it. Some things you can do to pamper yourself include:

  • Get a massage.
  • Turn your bedroom into a retreat and binge-watch your favorite shows.
  • Get some essentials for a spa night with you and your favorite dance besties.
  • Crank up the music and dance to music that makes you feel good. Be sure you are doing it because it makes you happy.

With the above suggestions, you’ll be feeling fresh as a daisy when you return to your routine after the summer break. Equipped with the skills to support your mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing, you’ll be ready for anything that comes your way.

Be sure to enjoy your friends and family this summer, and contact us if you need some assistance with keeping up your technique during the break. With our clinics, camps, and intensives, we can ensure you stay in shape and are dance-ready all summer long.

6 Benefits of Summer Dance Camps

Unleash your child’s creativity while taking their skills to a new level this summer with dance classes and camps!

Evolution Dance Complex has the perfect cure for summertime blues and boredom with our extensive line-up of intensives and camps. With so many choices for camps and other activities available over the summer, we’ve listed six benefits of summer dance camps and why our dance camps should be at the top of your list!

Improve learning abilities.

It’s crucial that learning skills stay sharp during the summer. Evolution’s summer dance camps will help your child develop the ability to focus and understand the concept of discipline.

Summer dance camps and intensives are great resources for triggering young minds through observational and physical learning. In class, dancers memorize spacing, music, steps, and formations. They will carry these abilities into all areas of life, including home and school.

Kids can discover their passion.

Summer dance camps are an excellent way for students to find their passion. Many of our dance camps offer specific dance genres or themes and can even fuse several styles giving them opportunities to find something they genuinely care about.

These camps include a variety of dance styles, different types of music, themes, and crafts. Our camps offer something for every child!

A chance to have fun and be creative.

EDC’s summer dance camps provide various fun activities for children while they learn new moves, play fun games, and cultivate creativity.

Increase social skills and make new friends.

One of the best things about summer camps is meeting new people. Our dance camps encourage new friendships and introduce your dancer to new positive role models.

Dance classes and camps build a team-like atmosphere, and dancers will work together in camps while improving skills. They will work to overcome shyness and stage fright and all the tools to become a true performer.

[Check out our summer camp flyer here!]

More physical activity.

Dance is an aerobic activity ideal for all children. Your dancer will improve flexibility, range of motion, balance, strength, stamina, and coordination at camp. They will learn how important it is to develop healthy habits and healthy hearts!

Improved self-confidence.

Dance is an outlet for self-expression. When children learn to express their feelings, it increases their self-esteem.

As they conquer new skills, they will become aware of how their bodies move and gain a sense of accomplishment. All the new things they will be doing and learning add up to a lot of growth, giving them the confidence they will need to handle any challenges that come their way.

If this sounds like the perfect solution for your child this summer, register today for one of our dance camps! We are offering camps for children ages three and older. Themes range from princess to perfecting your audition skills. Call the studio to register, or you can register online on our website!

5 Benefits of Dance Competitions

For many dancers, competitions are an extra perk alongside their training.

Dance competitions provide a boost that can help take children from talented dancers to certified artists. However, it’s not just the dance themselves or being on the stage that makes the difference.

Dance competitions can provide dancers with high-level skill work, clinics, industry seminars, and networking opportunities. Keep reading to learn more about the five benefits of dance competitions.

Develops skills.

All those long hours spent in the studio perfecting technique and preparing for competitions help sharpen a completely different skill – performance.

The ultimate objective is to take all those steps you’ve rehearsed and the muscle memory you created and tell a captivating story through your body and the choreography. The purpose is to connect with an audience. While judges may seem intimidating, they offer the perfect suggestions to help dancers develop those skills and improve poise and showmanship.

Teaches the ability to apply constructive criticism.

One of the most valuable aspects of dance competitions is hearing what trained and experienced judges think of your performance.

While they are “judging” you, it can be an excellent thing if you approach it with the proper perspective. The ability to take their feedback as inspiration and as fuel to improve and work harder will serve you well as you dance and well into your professional future no matter what route it may be.

They help expand your circle.

You are at a dance competition to compete against other dancers. Still, any major dance event will provide a great chance to form valuable connections and friendships that can last a lifetime.

They’re also a fantastic chance for positive exposure. Dancers are more likely to meet professionals who could serve as mentors or provide advice to put them on the path to achieving their dance goals!

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Takes your skill to a new level.

The atmosphere at dance competitions differs greatly from what a dancer will experience in the studio.

While that brings a special set of challenges, the uniqueness and level of emotion at a competition will inspire dancers to excel. Preparing for competition and being on a big stage in front of many viewers is excellent motivation.

Helps build resilience.

Dance competitions are about much more than wins and losses. It’s about learning beneficial lessons that you can use to improve as a dancer and as a person.

Competition teaches character and to come back when things don’t go your way. If you have the courage to compete and leave it all on the stage, you will be successful wherever you go in life.

At Evolution Dance Complex, we love everything about competitive dance and the positive effects on our dancers. We strive to provide our dancers with the tools they need to feel confident on stage and connect with their audiences.

Explore the genres, classes, and company teams we offer to take your or your child’s performance to the next level!

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