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How to Set Goals with Your Dancer

No matter how you feel about New Year’s resolutions, goal setting is imperative in any field. Measuring your progress and reaching for improvement keeps you inspired and focused. At Bluffton School of Dance, we LOVE seeing our dancers set goals, no matter what age. Sitting down with your child to figure out which goals make sense can be a fun way to start this year!

We’ve made setting dance goals with your kiddo simple and straightforward with the following guide:

  • Short and long-term goals
    It’s easy to hit a plateau or lose interest if goals are unrealistic or too far down the road. Talk with your dancer about separating goals into short and long-term categories. This gives your child a chance to celebrate little victories like mastering their left pirouettes or nailing a challenging combination. Long-term goals should be loftier and more time consuming like working towards their center splits or moving up a level in classes. Think S.M.A.R.T. when setting these goals! Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
  • Shout it from the rooftops!
    Encourage your dancer to write their short and long-term goals down. Whether they track their progress through journaling or they have a visual reminder by their bedside, these goals should be seen and heard every day. Have your kiddo share their goals with other family members or friends to hold them accountable and keep them motivated.
  • Ask for help
    Maybe your child can’t think of any goals. That’s where we step in, #thelimegreenlegends! Encourage your little one to talk with their teacher after class about setting their dance goals. We see your child in class every week and know first-hand what steps or concepts they struggle with. We’ll offer suggestions and maybe even recommend adding a class or style to take your dancer’s training to the next level.

There’s still time to add a class to your schedule!

  • Dance for YOU!
    Last but certainly not least, remind your child that they should embrace who they are and dance for themselves. They will shine brighter when they embrace what they have to offer as a student and performer. That’s what makes them so special! Goals are important, but loving yourself is first.

We hope setting dance goals with your kiddo is a fun exercise that further inspires and encourages a strong work ethic in and outside the studio. Having deep ambitions transcends into a life of intention and purpose. BSOD is so much more than just a place for your child to take class, through dance we instill confidence, courage, and community. We love our #limegreenfamilyvalues! Happy New Year and enjoy setting (and accomplishing) those goals!

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Why BSOD Is Different

We’re feeling extra *power pose* bold about this statement: Bluffton School of Dance is the BEST dance studio in Bluffton! There are plenty of dance studios to choose from for your little one, but no one comes close to our #limegreenfamily. When you enroll in a class at BSOD you watch your child SOAR with confidence, BLOSSOM with courage, and SHINE with love and acceptance.

We’ve decided to pull back the curtain and reveal our secret sauce! We’d like to share with you what makes BSOD stand out from all the other great studios in Bluffton:

  • #limegreenfamily

First and foremost, cue Sister Sledge, because WE ARE FAMILY! BSOD is not just a dance studio, it’s a second home for our students and families. Dance brings us together, but our community holds us tight. We’ve poured our hearts and souls into creating a supportive and accepting environment for students of all ages and backgrounds to take RISKS and THRIVE.

  • Reaching out from within!

Not only do we want to impact the lives of our students but we want to take it ONE STEP FURTHER and connect with the WHOLE COMMUNITY. We offer open community events throughout the year to open our doors and extend our reach. We’re oozing with #limegreenlove and we just want to share it with everyone. Our next event is one for the books! Don’t miss our Daddy Daughter Dance on November 8th with tickets now on sale for $35/couple. Purchase those tickets by emailing: danceboostersofbluffton@gmail.com.

  • BSOD Performance Program

Our Performance Program is full of dancers who LOVE dancing, LOVE performing, and LOVE working hard in class. This program is a GREAT place for dancers to be part of a team with extra performance opportunities. Who doesn’t love that?! Our Pre-Performance and Local Limelights are highlighted throughout our community at local events bringing dance to the people. Look out for monthly updates to see where our dancers are performing next in Beaufort County. We are always looking for passionate dancers to join us!

  • The Glue

Last but certainly not least, our staff is comprised of top-notch educators and passionate lovers of dance. Our teachers are the glue that keeps our family strong, instilling confidence and creativity into the lives of every little kiddo that walks through our door. We take pride in a team that fills our walls with equal parts sweat and laughter. Meet our team online today!

We are a passionate family with a deep love of sharing dance with our students, families, and community. Bluffton School of Dance is the BEST dance studio in Bluffton, and we are proud of the family we’ve built, the programs we’ve created, and the community we instill. Let our family be your family!

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Intro Class Package

With the kiddos back in school (FINALLY!) and fall creeping around the corner, it’s time to shake off summer and embrace the change of season. Let’s start by getting our ducks in a row and our little one’s squared away in their activities. Fall is the PERFECT time to try something new and Bluffton School of Dance has you covered with our intro dance classes.

Maybe your little one has been dancing around the yard all summer long? Or you want to dust off those old tap shoes and shuffle to class? Not sure if dance is your thing or your child’s passion? Sometimes you need to test the water before you dive right in, and that’s why BSOD offers trial dance classes.

Attending an intro dance class at BSOD is the BEST way to make sure our studio is a great fit for your family. BSOD offers a Two-Week Intro Class Package in classes with availability for just $40. If you register, the $40 gets applied to your Registration Fee. It’s a GREAT way to try classes before you commit!

To get the most out of your Intro Class Package, we gathered a few tips to fully submerge yourself and your little one at BSOD:

1. Meet the team

Interacting with staff is SUPER important when testing out a new studio. Notice the teachers and how they interact with you and your little one. At BSOD, you’ll instantly feel the #limegreenlove and that’s what makes us a family. We put our students and families first. During your intro class package, you will feel the BSOD difference in our customer service. 

2. Home Sweet Home

What do you feel when you walk into the studio? We highly recommend taking a full studio tour to get the lay of the land. You’ll see first hand that BSOD provides a clean and spacious studio for our students to thrive in. Our studio becomes a second home for many of our students and families. We do our best to make sure that it’s a place you want to spend time in!

3. Class time is the best time

Observe a class and notice the teacher-student dynamic. Do the students look engaged and happy? Talk to other parents around you and ask for first hand testimonials. What do you see and hear? Our teachers make sure to engage each student in class. We work on individual and group goals in all of our classes. The result? Confident dancers who improve every year and most importantly,  love what they do! 

4. WHO, WHAT, WHERE?!

Ask anything and everything that comes to mind. Our staff is here for you and the kiddos to make sure that you feel comfortable and welcomed at BSOD. Our intro class package is the perfect time to ask questions about our programs, teachers, and policies. We encourage all new families to pop by the front desk or chat with teachers at the end of class to get to know what we offer. 

At Bluffton School of Dance, we’re a dance family. During our trial class packages, we open our doors to students of all ages to learn, grow and have a great time. We hope you’ll give our Intro Class Package a test drive. Happy dancing and see you at the studio!

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Starting Classes for an Older Dancer

Late to the party? Or right on time!

Loads of people believe dance classes are meant for little kids, but we’d like to disagree. Bluffton School of Dance believes dance is for EVERYONE! That’s right – there is no expiration to your dance training. Whether you suddenly have an itch to move or you’re jumping back into dance classes, age is just a number. If you’re looking for teen dance classes in Bluffton, we have you covered!

Martha Graham, Rudolf Nureyev, and José Limón ALL started dance at a more mature age. The fabulous Misty Copeland started dance at the age of 13. She went on to become the FIRST African American woman Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Don’t let the thought of starting something new prevent you from experiencing greatness. It’s never too late to begin, and we’re here to help!

Our blog post today, offers guidance and inspiration to those pre-teen and teen movers looking to start dance classes. You haven’t missed the train, you’re right on time!

Tips to starting dance as an older student!

1.Pas de bou-what?!

Dance has a unique vocabulary specific to the genre and class you’re studying. DON’T BE ALARMED! Like any new language, it takes time to learn the vocabulary. These steps are always demonstrated in class by your teacher, so use your eyes and let the words slowly sink in.

2. Playing catchup

Don’t let the fear of starting something new hold you back. Use that motivation and passion for dance to your benefit. By putting in the time and focus, you’ll excel at a faster rate than a younger dancer because of your drive and work ethic.

3. Practice makes permanent

Practice for muscle memory and coordination but most importantly STRETCH AT HOME! Through repetition and consistency, your body will learn and adapt to this new activity.

4. Know your why

The vocabulary and technique might seem daunting at first but never forget why you want to do it in the first place. Dancing isn’t just about the steps, it’s about the feeling of the movement for you and those watching you move. Let your passion move you!

Best Teen Dance Classes in Bluffton!

Our Lime Green Family has TONS of little one’s wiggling around the studio but did you know we have Open Classes for our pre-teens, teens, and adults? Our open dance classes are for students in 8th-12th grade (9-12 years old) and adult dance students. We run 6-week sessions to accommodate busy teens and working adults in our Open Classes. We just LOVE helping our students continue their training, rediscover a passion for dance, OR take up a new hobby! Enrollment is still open in most classes, so come check out the best teen dance classes in Bluffton. 

Remember that dance is for everyone no matter what age or ability level. So get in the studio and give it a try, we know you will love dancing with us!

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6 Activities Your Child will LOVE this Fall in Bluffton

Once school is in session and summer fun comes to a close, it’s easy to forget about fun activities and excursions. BUT it becomes ALL the more important to keep the fun in our kid’s lives… after all, school can be stressful! After sitting in a desk all day, kids need creative outlets and opportunities to get them up and moving! 

After doing some research, we had to share some of our ideas! We know how hard parents work to find fun activities for their children… so in this month’s blog post we want to make your job a little easier! We put together a list of 6 Activities Your Child Will LOVE this Fall! 

Dance Classes at Bluffton School of Dance

We of course could NOT resist putting ourselves on this list! Getting kids up, moving, and expressing themselves is what we are MOST passionate about at BSOD. We offer fun and exciting dance classes for children as young as 2 years old! From ballet, hip hop, jazz, tap, and lyrical, there is something for every little mover in our Fall Class Line-Up! We even offer a Super Hero class for boys and a Kickin’ Kinders class specifically for Kindergarteners! 

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym

We have to say, we are SUPER impressed with Ignite the Senses’ kids offerings! They have such a wide variety of programs! 

Their Open Gym option is a great place to start, at an affordable rate of $12 for two hours of play-time! In addition, they offer art, music, and yoga classes for kids. Our favorite is their Break Time/Date Night options, because parents DESERVE a break! Not to mention their incredible facility of indoor playground equipment! This place looks like a child’s paradise! 

Bluffton ATA Martial Arts

At BSOD we take great pride in our classes because we watch our students soar with confidence when they dance. So when we find other local businesses that value confidence building as much as we do, we HAVE to spread the word!

Bluffton ATA Martial Arts offers Karate for Kids (for 7-12 year olds) and ATA Tigers (for 4-6 year olds). Their videos online show their students looking confident and powerful in class! We love it!

Workshops and Story Time at the Bluffton Public Library

We have an awesome public library here in Bluffton… don’t forget to take advantage of their opportunities for kids! We browsed their event calendar and a few things stuck out to us as awesome kids activities for the Fall.

They have a GREAT story time throughout the year geared specifically for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. They also have a ton of cool events for other student age groups like the Lego Robotics class, Pete The Cat Scavenger Hunt, and Anime Club for teens! Parents, they have amazing events, services, and a few book clubs to choose from for you too! 

Bluffton Youth Theatre

Bluffton Youth Theatre is a GREAT organization in our community! Their mission is to provide inclusive access to the performing arts through classes and productions. Students ages 5-17 learn all aspects of putting on a show! Check their website and Facebook page for upcoming programs.  Don’t miss their current production of The Wizard of Oz! At Hilton Head Preparatory August 8-11. There is nothing like watching a live performance! 

Oldfield Equestrian Center 

We have heard many of our dance families rave about the Oldfield Equestrian Center! If your child has an interest in horses or learning how to ride, this is THE place to check out! Enjoy the beautiful photos on their website and contact Oldfield to learn about their lessons. Connecting with nature is something we can definitely get behind! 

Have something to add to the list? We would love to hear from you! We are always looking for more kids activities in Bluffton!

We hope this list helps our dance parents’ out by making your search for kids activities just a little easier. We know how hard you work to make fun for your children! 

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5 of the BEST Summer Activities for Kids in Bluffton/ Hilton Head Island

The countdown is ON to summer fun! While we are all about slowing down in the summer months, we also know that kids thrive with a little routine! Signing your child up for a few activities or a camp is a great way to keep your child engaged and learning this summer. Keeping a little routine in place makes the transition back to school SO much easier!

This is the perfect time to start scheduling in some FUN for your kids this summer. As you start to plan you summer, we wanted to make it just a little bit easier to comb through ALL the options! Below we have highlighted our top 5 summer activities for kids in Bluffton/ Hilton Head Island. All of our top 5 picks offer opportunities for your child to learn… but most importantly they allow kids to dive deeper into areas they are interested in, make meaningful new friendships, and have FUN!

Happy planning!

5 of the Best Summer Activities for Kids in Bluffton/ Hilton Head Island:

Bluffton School of Dance Summer Camps and Classes

OK, we may be a little biased, but we are SO proud of our summer line-up here at Bluffton School of Dance. This summer we are offering camps, a 4-week session of classes (ending with a showcase for friends and family!), and a special 2-week trial session JUST for new students and BSOD siblings.

This summer we are putting an extra focus on creativity and building confident young artists! During our elementary school camps, students will be playing a VERY active role. Each week our young artists will be producing a show. They will be learning choreography, helping teachers pick and cut the music, and designing costumes and decorations. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

We have summer options for kids ages 2+. Enrollment is OPEN (and filling quick!). We would love to have you join our Lime Green Dance Family!

Hilton Head Preparatory Summer Programs

Summer is the perfect time to dive a little deeper into subjects your child is passionate about. Hilton Head Preparatory is offering a wide selection of science, sports, and art camps. When we read through the options, WE wanted to sign up! These are NOT your typical summer camp options. Your child can spend a week launching their own YouTube channel or building a robot!

We know from the work we do at the studio that hands on learning is one of the BEST ways to grasp new ideas. These innovative camps are a great way to keep your child engaged this summer!

Island Rec Center

If you are looking for an all day camp that combines a wide range of activities, check out the options at Island Rec CenterThis summer they are offering all day summer camps for kids in K-8th grade. Expect weekly themes, daily crafts, games, pool time, and field trips. Island Rec Center also offers an inclusive camp for children with special needs!

Can’t commit to a full week? Daily rates are available. Perfect for busy families!

KidzArt Summer Camps

Where are our artists? If you child loves to craft, paint, and create, you NEED to check out the summer camps at IDEA Studio. Students will get to experience a real art studio and be encouraged to make a (creative!) mess. Every week explores a different art theme.

There are morning and afternoon options for kids in grades K-8th. Dedicated time to cultivating creativity is SO good for kids and spills over into everything they do!

H.H. Island Gymnastics Camp

H.H. Island Gymnastics is offering another fun all-day camp option! Their summer camp runs from June- August from 7:30-4pm. Daily rates and punch cards are available, which is GREAT for busy families. Children will spend time in the gym and stay busy with daily activities, crafts, and of course… snacks!

This camp would be a great option for for children that love to stay active. They will pick up some new gymnastics skills and make great memories with friends. Win, win! Check out their camp brochure here.

Who’s excited? We are very fortunate to live in a community that has SO many wonderful options for kids. There is really something for everyone and every interest!

We can’t wait to kick off our summer program here at Bluffton School of Dance. Seeing our kids gain new skills, find more confidence, and make lasting friendships during our camps and sessions inspires US! The summer session is short… but it packs a lot of punch! Without the rush of the school year our students accomplish SO much!

Need additional help picking the right program for your child? Ask! We are happy to help. We are looking forward to a fantastic summer!

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Benefits of Summer Dance at BSOD

Happy summer BSOD families! Doesn’t it feel GREAT? We hope you’ve all carved out some time to hit the beach and plan a barbeque! 

Summer is a great time to check off all the fun things you always WANT to do but never have time during the hustle and bustle of the school year. Vacation time is often at the top of people’s list… rightfully so! But here at BSOD, we think Summer Dance should also make that list for SO many reasons.

Summer is a great opportunity for growth. Every summer, we watch students progress during our summer offerings and impress us when they come back in the fall. No to mention how FUN it is, because there is no stressing about getting ready for recital… kids can really JUST DANCE it out! 

So we put together a list. Check out our 5 favorite benefits of summer dance at BSOD:

 

  1. Maintaining a regular schedule. This one is a huge plus for parents, especially for those with younger kids. When kids try to head back to school after 3 months of a free-for-all schedule, the adjustment period can get a little wonky! Kids often need a consistent schedule to keep their behavior in check. 

    Our fun-filled summer camps are a great way to give your kids some stability over the summer. Having something on the schedule can break up the summer and building a little structure in even a week at a time is beneficial. You will thank us in the Fall!

  2. Our Summer Camps for Preschool and Elementary students are PERFECT boredom busters! How many times are you planning on hearing those 3 dreaded awful words this summer? If you’ve already heard “I’m bored!!!” come out of your child’s mouth one too many times, it’s time to register for our exciting, fun-filled camps.

    For our preschoolers, our themes in July include Dance with my Dolly: Passport to Paris and Wonderful Whimsical Fairies! Preschool dance in Bluffton has NEVER been more exciting! For our elementary students, each week is a fun new adventure that includes a whole lot of dance, crafting, and laughter! We think the most important thing about our camps is that these camps take the pressure off of YOU to plan fun for your child this summer. 

  3. Kids can focus on dance without the added stress of the school year. As parents, I’m sure you can attest to your kids schedule being CRAZY during the year. After a long day at school, they jump from activity to activity and usually have homework constantly hanging over their head. As dance teachers, we feel their stress when they come to class.

    Summer is a chance to leave that behind and come dance with a clear mind and stress-free attitude. Trust us, we definitely see worlds more progress in the summer because our kids come to class focused and energized rather than exhausted. Summer is the perfect time to dive into dance. 

  4. Stretching… it’s a must! We tell our dancers this in class ALL the time, but flexibility is not a skill that comes easy! It requires constant and consistent stretching. Dancers should really be stretching every day to see real progress in flexibility, but any little bit helps.

    If you come back in the fall after not stretching for 3 months, we promise your splits will be about a foot higher than before! Don’t let all your hard work go out the window! Sign up for camps and July classes to make sure you keep your flexibility over the summer.

  5. Summer is the perfect time to try a new class! Are you new to BSOD? Does your child dance around at home ALL the time? We are offering a 2-week session for new families and BSOD siblings! Watch your dancer immediately begin to grow in confidence, courage, and individuality as we welcome them to the magical world of dance at BSOD! This exciting 2 weeks of dance is solely focused on YOU, our newest members of the Lime Green Dance Family! Register here! 

    We are offering this same 2-week trial session for our returning students as well! We’d love to see you all back in our studio trying a new dance style! You never know, you could find your new favorite! 

We LOVE summer dance at BSOD! Can you tell? We’ve put together our best line-up of summer camps and classes yet and we hope to see you all there!

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Recital Week Survival Guide

Dance families… can you believe it?! We are just a few days away from recital and we could NOT be more excited! Our students have worked hard all year long and their dances are looking fabulous. We are so proud of our dancers and very thankful for our dance families. It wouldn’t be possible to put on the best dance recital in Bluffton without your support! 

We KNOW this is a hectic time of year. There is so much to remember as the school year ends and activities come to a close. So today on the blog we have done you all a favor by putting together our BSOD Recital Week Survival Guide! Follow these steps and it will be smooth sailing at theater… and even smoother sailing into SUMMER!

Step 1: Read ALL our BSOD Recital Information… twice!

This one is at the top of our list because it is single handedly the most important part of a successful recital week. Our staff at BSOD is dedicated to making sure you have all the details at your fingertips! As papers come home with your dancers and emails get sent out, be SURE to read, read, read.

Within our Recital Info Documents, you will find important dates/times, costume requirements, dress rehearsal schedules, ticket ordering details…. the list goes on and we’ve wrote it all down for you! If a question pops up, check those documents first! You might find your answer quicker than a phone call!

Step 2: If you have more than one dance, be sure to pack these essentials in your recital bag!

**If you only have one dance, please come ready to dance without anything extra. The BSOD team will have supplies to help dancers touch up hair and makeup backstage.**

  • Costumes… double, triple check for all small items like hair pieces or gloves
  • Dance shoes
  • Correct color tights (Not sure which color? Check your Recital Info)
  • Water and snacks
  • Hairspray… LOTS of it! Get all those fly away hairs sealed away.
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair ties
  • Make-up for touch ups at the theater
  • Printouts of Dress Rehearsal and Recital schedules for reference

Step 3: Arrive on-time … or early!

This one seems a little obvious but we can’t stress enough how important it is. Our recital is a huge production! Due to the size of this event, we can’t hold anything up for families and dancers who arrive late. ALL dancers should arrive on time or early to their scheduled times. Check the schedules included in your Recital documents for call times.

For our tiny dancers, we suggest arriving at the theater ready to go, how they are supposed to look on stage. Arriving in costume with hair and makeup complete is the best way to make sure the big day runs smoothly!

Step 4: Enjoy the moment!

Recital is such a special day for you and your dancer and we know it’s going to be the BEST dance recital in Bluffton, SC! Take some time to live it up! Recital can get chaotic, but try to forget about the stress once you’re at the theater. When your dancers hit the stage, watch them shine and take it all in. We know it’s going to be awesome.

Hopefully our BSOD Recital Week Survival Guide has you feeling prepared and excited for the big day, we know we are! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let our staff know. We are here to help. See you at the theater!