Out and About: An Australian Dance Educator Who Doesn’t Know She’s My Spirit Animal

Out and About: An Australian Dance Educator Who Doesn’t Know She’s My Spirit Animal

Have you ever felt down-in-the-dumps, depleted of energy, and lacking inspiration in your baby dance classes?

 

I can certainly say that I have been there from time to time! After-all, we teachers are human and it’s impossible to keep the pace of your classes at maximum level 24-7. (I would venture to say that your average civilian would be amazed that we do this day-in and day-out after spending just one hour with 13 three-year-olds. Let the record show: WE ARE FREAKIN’ ROCKSTARS.)

If you happen to be in one of the “lower“ moments of your personal professional roller-coaster ride, allow me to introduce you to a dance educator who is rocking my world on social media.

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Little Lights Dance, a studio in Australia, is owned and operated by Sonja Ebsary. Although I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting her, I feel like we would be BFFs were we not operating on opposite sides of the planet. Experiencing her Instagram feed gives me a glance into the way that she views preschool dance and let me tell you – it lifts my dance-teacher-spirits on the days when I am in a slump. She reminds me why I told my parents that I would be a ballet teacher when I was four-years-old after my very first ballet class.
I think we could all use a small spark like Sonja that reignites our passion every now and then!
My favorite recent post from Sonja revolves around the class theme “Le Petit Cirque” in their classes. The props and costuming that they utilize in are amazing. These kids are never without reason to engage in their class. So much of what we do as dance instructors requires us to capture the imagination of our students and then maintain it for the entirety of our lesson. I often wonder what Little Lights’ props inventory must look like!  😜  But, I bet if we had the chance to “pick her brain” she would probably say that she reuses and recycles her materials from theme to theme. These people seriously speak to my crafting inner goddess, y’all! Hobby Lobby people, unite!
(SIDE-NOTE: My Family and friends know how obsessed I am with John Crist. 👆🏼 He’s hysterical!!!!!)

 

While we’re on the Sonja train, she just posted the following quote:

“Create what you want to see in the world.”

 

If that doesn’t prove my point, I don’t know what will. >>>>>> So, what do I want to see in the world?

I want to see people being more kind to each other.

 

 

That was easy. Now, you may be thinking, “what in the world does this have to do with preschool dance?” It has everything to do with it, my friend! Asking myself this question realigns me with my bigger purpose, especially as it pertains to my job. It refuels me to continue creating preschool dance content that revolves around character development. Our Concierge members (monthly subscribers) received their October content on Monday. Put simply, we’re focusing on perseverance this coming month.

🎃 “Fall Into Dance: Learning Perseverance and Determination!” 🎃

 

Our clients will be instilling these traits in baby ballerinas all over the world for the next several weeks. THAT reignites my fire to keep going! So thank you, Little Lights Dance. I’m refueled and ready to go!

What are you putting into your mind based on what you’re consuming in social media? Are you following dance educators who constantly complain? Or, are you following other masters of this craft that ignite flames of excitement and energy for you? I urge you to consider using your fancy “unfollow” button if need be!

 

 

Be sure to follow Little Lights Dance by clicking HERE.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired by a whimsical idea that invigorates your approach to preschool dance!

 

 

Cheers,
Lauren
Creativity: Why We Hand Out Monthly Color Sheets

Creativity: Why We Hand Out Monthly Color Sheets

You may have glanced around our website before and noticed that we have TONS of customized ballet, tap and hip hop color sheets available. Why so many? Why even offer these? What’s the point? Don’t parents pay for children to DANCE in dance class? I don’t get it!

(If you haven’t seen them yet, here’s my shameless plug to go check it out!)

 

 

I am here to answer alllll of those burning questions mentioned above! Let’s get to it!

 

1. These are take-home materials, not in-class resources. 

We send our students home from dance with color sheets as a reinforcement tool at the end of class at least once each month. This is a great way for the children to remember what we’re learning about throughout the week between classes. Parents love posting these masterpieces to the fridge and it helps to keep the kids excited about dance until their next class! Also, this is great tool for communicating with parents all about the comprehensive program that we’re providing their child.

 

2. It’s a great addition to our rewards system. 

We love giving out 2 stamps at the end of class – one for dancing and one for making good choices behaviorally. But, we’ve all been there as instructors when the stamps just don’t cut it! Having color sheets provides our teachers with another incentive to encourage their students. Give it a try! We promise that in several months, your students will so look forward to their monthly color sheets that they are begging for more! Our teachers seriously appreciate the extra help! 😉

Bribery is not beneath us! Sometimes the struggle is real, y’all!

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3. Repetition Repetition Repetition 

Kids love structure that they can depend on. It’s a proven scientific fact!

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Repeating activities and processes over and over is extremely beneficial for your students. Not only is the repetition of receiving that monthly reward a good thing, but it’s also repeating what we learned in class at home. We’ve heard stories of our students explaining all about ballet manners to their parents because they’ve taken home our September color sheet, which features two dance friends helping one other by tying each other’s ballet shoes!

 

4. Brand Awareness & Marketing

We love that our logo is spreading throughout the community every time one of those color sheets goes home with a student. You never know when one mama is having coffee at another mama’s house and sees it pinned to her bulletin board in the breakfast room! You are missing out on so many small marketing opportunities out there by NOT offering monthly color sheets, team! As business owners, we all know that every little bit helps!

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Allllso, get excited because we’ll be updating our website with a whole new year’s worth of ballet and tap color sheets in the coming months. The options are endless!

 

Cheers,
Lauren