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By: Natalie Perkins In recent years, not only have electronics become a child’s main source of entertainment, but academic achievement is a goal of parents and teachers from day one of kindergarten. But what impact does that have on our kids? Often we worry that it will stunt friendships, outdoor activities, and overall health. Activities outside of school have been shown many positive benefits, from teaching them socialization and team skills to stress management and health benefits which can ease the transition into a new year at school. Often, the extracurricular activity is done all year long so that it ends up being the...

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By Natalie Perkins When it comes to enrolling your child in their first organized activity, it can make a parent feel a little anxious with all of the unknowns...will they enjoy it? Will the teacher be understanding that this is their first activity? Will they listen well enough? Will they learn anything by participating? What happens if they have a total meltdown? These are all valid fears but there are some fantastic questions you can ask before enrolling to gauge if this is the right activity for your child and specifically if this is the right dance class! Are all of...

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By Natalie Perkins When it comes to enrolling your child in their first organized activity, it can make a parent feel a little anxious with all of the unknowns...will they enjoy it? Will the teacher be understanding that this is their first activity? Will they listen well enough? Will they learn anything by participating? What happens if they have a total meltdown? These are all valid fears but there are some fantastic questions you can ask before enrolling to gauge if this is the right activity for your child and specifically if this is the right dance class! Are all of the students new or will...

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By Natalie Perkins I always seem to have interesting conversations with people when I tell them that I own dance studios.  One of the most fun ones is when I hear someone comment on how expensive dance lessons are and question why anyone would pay that amount for their child to take dance classes. Well, I have a confession to make. We don’t sell dance classes - if a parent couldn’t care less about seeing their dancer on stage or in a production of the Nutcracker then that’s A-OK with me.  So if I’m not selling dance lessons, what are...

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