October 2016 Newsletter

 

Hi!

Classes are off to a GREAT start at Forevermore and it has been SO wonderful to see our space filled with happy, hardworking dancers for our 13th season!  I’m thrilled to be able to spend so much time in the classroom working with a wide age span of our students this year, I’m overjoyed at how dedicated, eager, and focused our students are- there really is some AWESOME learning happening in all of our classrooms and an outstanding team of educators and administrators making all of this possible.   In addition to kicking off the new season of dance, Fall also brings some additional FUN for our dancers!   

This month we will host a FREE Halloween Costume Party on Saturday October 29 for all of our students as well as Dress Up Week October 24-29.  (Be sure to reserve your space for the party by signing up at the front desk).  The studio is CLOSED Monday, Oct 31.  Be safe and have fun Trick-or-Treating.

This month we will host a FREE Halloween Costume Party on Saturday October 29 for all of our students as well as Dress Up Week October 24-29.  (Be sure to reserve your space for the party by signing up at the front desk).  The studio is CLOSED Monday, Oct 31.  Be safe and have fun Trick-or-Treating.

We are also excited about our upcoming Stage Door Connections Workshop with a cast member from Broadway in Chicago’s tour of Annie.   Register for the workshop today and inquire about special group tickets to see the show on Sunday, November 13 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.  Click HERE for more information on upcoming workshops and purchasing tickets.

Every month we are offering our new Mini-Camps designed for ages 3-6yr olds.   Kids will learn a new dance, meet new friends, create a craft, and perform for their parents.   Explore a new theme each month!   Click HERE to view our monthly themes for this season!   Register today!   Frozen Friends Adventure on Saturday, November 19 from 3:30-5:00.

Thank you again for sharing Forevermore with your friends and family during Bring-A-Friend Week, the biggest compliment we can receive is your trust in us.  We appreciate you!

Always,

Ms. Kerrie & Mr. David

 

Feature on our Creative Movement Program:

At Forevermore we teach a unique ballet based arts enrichment curriculum for our little ones written by Ms. Kerrie and lead by our new head children’s teacher, Ms. Ellen.   The precious little ones may look like they are just playing and having fun- but they are doing more than just having fun, they are busy developing important skills to help them succeed not only in future dance classes, but in all of their learning endeavors.

The Creative Movement program uses monthly themes to reinforce and teach the following curricular objectives: Understand class procedures and etiquette, such as taking turns while waiting in line; Create Round, Straight, and Curvy shapes at Low, Middle, and High levels; Be able to identify opposites; Apply the concepts of Over, Under, Around, and Through in movement; Accurately demonstrate non-locomotor /axial movements: Stretch, Bend, Twist, Turn, Rise, Fall, Swing;  Accurately demonstrate the eight basic locomotor movements:  Walk, Run, Hop, Jump, Leap, Gallop, Slide, and Skip while traveling forward, backward, sideways, diagonally, and turning;  Demonstrate accuracy in moving to a musical beat and responding to tempo changes; Demonstrate the ability to define and maintain personal space;  Be able to work individually, with partners, and in a group;  Recognize and identify a variety of composers and where they are from.

We are joyful and grateful to serve all of our students and filled with passion about the value arts enrichment and creative movement provides children.

The Benefits of Dance as stated by the NDEO on Standards for Dance in Early Childhood Education

Dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. The physical benefits of dance are widely accepted, but the emotional, social and cognitive attributes have only begun to be appreciated.

Physical Development: Dancing utilizes the entire body and is an excellent form of exercise for total body fitness. Young children are naturally active, but dance offers an avenue to expand movement possibilities and skills.

Emotional Maturity: Dance promotes psychological health and maturity. Children enjoy the opportunity to express their emotions and become aware of themselves and others through creative movement. A pre-school child enters a dance class or classroom with a history of emotional experiences. Movement within a class offers a structured outlet for physical release while gaining awareness and appreciation of oneself and others.

Social Awareness: Dance fosters social encounter, interaction, and cooperation. Children learn to communicate ideas through the real and immediate mode of body movement. Children quickly learn to work within a group dynamic. As the sometimes challenging process of cooperation evolves, children learn to understand themselves in relation to others.

Cognitive Development: Young children will create movement spontaneously when presented with movement ideas or problems that can be solved with a movement response. Movement provides the cognitive loop between the idea, problem, or intent and the outcome or solution. This teaches an infant, child and, ultimately, adult to function in and understand the world they live in.
— The Benefits of Dance as stated by the NDEO on Standards for Dance in Early Childhood Education
Tickets available now for the Forevermore Parent Club's Fashion Show Fundraiser.   Forevermore students will model costumes and perform while families enjoy an elegant banquet and visit local vendor booths.  What a great way to kick off the upcoming Holiday season.  The event will feature a special guest emcee, former Forevermore student and marine "Dance Shawn", and the Forevermore Dance Ensemble will premier their new jazz dances. 

Tickets available now for the Forevermore Parent Club's Fashion Show Fundraiser.   Forevermore students will model costumes and perform while families enjoy an elegant banquet and visit local vendor booths.  What a great way to kick off the upcoming Holiday season.  The event will feature a special guest emcee, former Forevermore student and marine "Dance Shawn", and the Forevermore Dance Ensemble will premier their new jazz dances.