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Music for Children's Dance Classes

Wed, 09/04/2013 - 1:38pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Music plays a key role in dance education. Young dancers need the opportunity to develop listening skills, rhythm awareness and musicality in order to dance with true expression and artistry. Often finding music that fits teaching goals and students taste can be a challenging and lengthy process for dance educators. Parents may also find it difficult to find music to play at home that is suitable for young ears. Here are some of our music suggestions for ballet, jazz and creative dance for young children. 

Contrast and Continuum: Music for Creative Dance

Simple Tie Dye using Sharpies

Sun, 04/22/2012 - 6:01pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

On Friday afternoon Bria and I spent 3 hours making 10 of these shirts:

My five-year-old Creative Jazz students are being fireworks for the year end concert at J'Adore Dance. I love this class! They are little spitfires full of energy and creativity who always make me smile. They are dancing to Katy Perry's "Firework" because I love the message of letting your inner light shine! I found the tutus below back in January but needed shirts to complete their outfits. 

Daily Dance Parties: Space and Place

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 5:12pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Toddlers and preschoolers like to go, go, go! Getting them to stop and stay in one play can often be a challenge. Sometimes as parents and teachers we need our little ones to stay put, even if just for a few minutes.

In the Intellidance programs one of the first concepts we explore with our parent/tot and preschool classes are Space and Place. Dance and play are a fun way to reinforce this concept and very useful for developing listening skills in a class setting. Here are some Space and Play activities to try with your 18month-5 year olds:

Red Light/ Green Light

Small Business: The Human Factor

Sun, 11/06/2011 - 1:16pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Being a small business owner can be tough.... ok that was the understatement of the year, let me try again. Being a small business owner is the hardest thing I have ever done!

And that is on the good days, when your hours upon hours of planning and preparation come together, when your "systems" (that you spent years painstakingly developing) finally flow the way the business experts say they should, and when you don't get surprised by any annoyances, headaches or emergencies.

These days happen about as often as the full moon. Just regularly enough to keep you driven and committed to your vision. Often enough that you don't just give up...

Alberta's Best Mama Blogger Results and Giveaway Winner!

Sat, 09/10/2011 - 10:29am -- Jessica Baudin-...

This is my dear friend Jen, the writer behind City and Baby, and the winner of the Modern Mama Alberta's Best Mommy Bloggers Contest! I met Jen a few years ago when she started taking my Mom and Baby dance classes at J'Adore Dance with her first daughter. But it has been the past year when she returned to take more classes with her second daughter (and some adult evening classes for herself) that Jen and I have struck up a fantastic friendship. 

Why Conceptual Dance?

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 9:58am -- Jessica Baudin-...

I didn't grow up going to a traditional dance studio studying Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. In fact, until I was in high school my actual formal dance technique was fairly limited compared to the girls in the dance classes at the fine arts high school I attended. However, what I learned very quickly was that mattered little in terms of catching on and catching up. It certainly didn't impact my ability to perform alongside my more technically savvy peers. 

I figured out pretty early on I didn't have the typical "dancers body". My legs weren't long enough, my flexibility was only average, my turn out was pretty pathetic. But I didn't care. I loved to dance. I  decided that despite these short comings I was a good dancer. Maybe even great!

Contact Collage: Less Mess, Lots of Fun!

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 11:11am -- Jessica Baudin-...

This summer I have had the privilege of running 6 weeks of preschool fine arts camps at J'Adore Dance. For 3 hours every afternoon, twelve budding artists ages 3-5 have explored dance, art, music, and imaginative play with myself and my staff. I love working with this age group because they are high energy, wildly creative, and uninhibited in their play!

One of the challenges with a mixed age grouping like this can be finding activities that all the children can successfully explore at their own developmental level. Some activities have been great successes, others not so much. But I have learned something valuable from each group that has made me a better teacher and parent. 

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