Welcome to your monthly Bayside Dance newslettter! Read on to find out all about what’s been happening at dance and what’s coming up next. Our monthly newsletters are a great way to share information so we encourage you to take a few minutes to read it through.
Public Holidays There are no regular classes on public holidays so a reminder of some upcoming dates:
Tuesday 25 April – ANZAC Day (Week 2)
Monday 1 May – Labour Day (Week 3)Please note that Term 2 invoices have already been adjusted accordingly.
Advantage Healthcare & Physiotherapy Need some TLC these holidays? Our partners in safe dance practice at Advantage Healthcare & Physiotherapy are here to help! All Bayside dancers (including adults) can receive 10% off treatments.
Unpack your dance bag! Was your dance bag cleaned out over the holidays? A well-stocked dance bag should have dance wear (see our Uniform Guide for help), the right dance shoes, socks/tights, a hair kit, water bottle, and neat snacks.
From Miss Kaitlin
Recently, I’ve been reading research on how parents play an important role in their child’s talent development. In particular, the way we speak about experiences in front of and around our children can have a direct impact upon their behaviour and how they perceive and frame their experiences.
This is particularly true of environments where emotions may be heightened, such as dance competitions and dance exams. We all want our children to have positive experiences, so it’s important that our behaviour mimics that we would like to see from our children. Here’s my top five tips for helping your dancer achieve success.
1. Being flustered before a big event will have a flow on effect on your dancer and may cause them to place unnecessary pressure on themselves. Control what you can, whether that’s packing the car the night before or pre-packing high energy snacks, so that you’re able to provide as calm an environment as possible for your dancer (and yourself!). Even better, have your dancer help you with this process so that they can learn to do it for themselves.
2. Praise the process, not the outcome. There is so much about dance competitions, for example, that we can’t control, so focusing on a “win” may be misguided – instead focus on improvement and development.
3. Avoid dwelling on mistakes and criticising your dancers’ performance (or that of any other team/dancer). If you don’t have anything nice to say, probably don’t say it! Especially not in front of your dancer. Instead reiterate that you’re really proud of your dancer.
4. Keep your own emotions, facial expressions and body language in check. Sitting with arms crossed and a frown while watching is not going to be inspiring. Remember to praise what they did well.
5. You are your dancer’s best cheerleader – but you’re not their coach. Leave corrections and coaching to the experts (your dancers’ teachers!).
What’s Been Happening?
Silly Socks Week
To celebrate the end of a wonderful first term, dancers were invited to wear their silliest socks to dance class!
We loved seeing everyone join in the fun, from our Itty Bitty Ballerinas, all the way to our senior students and even our adult dancers.
Performance Teams Showcase At the end of last term, our 2023 Performance Teams took to the stage for the first time to debut their new routines!
This annual performance is a fun, informal showcase for friends and family to test out the teams’ routines ahead of the competition season. It was a great start to the year and we can’t wait to see them perform throughout the year!
Easter Holiday Workshops Over the holidays, we had three days of Easter fun with Little Acorn Kids Parties & Workshops! Participants enjoyed activities like dance classes, Easter crafts, cupcake decorating, games, and Easter egg hunts! Thanks to everyone who came along and to our DanceSteppers for helping!
Monday 17 April – First Day of Term 2 Tuesday 25 April – ANZAC Day Public Holiday (no regular classes) Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May – Wynnum/Manly Eisteddfod Monday 1 May – Labour Day Public Holiday (no regular classes)Saturday 26 August – Frozen JR (Musical Theatre and TDP dancers) Saturday 4 November (PM) – Preschool ConcertSunday 5 November – Rehearsal Day (Juniors and Big Kids dancers) Sunday 12 November – Concert Day (Juniors and Big Kids)