Asbury Arts https://www.asburyartscenter.com North Florida Dance Center Tue, 10 Mar 2020 01:38:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 Recital Readiness https://www.asburyartscenter.com/2020/03/09/recital-readiness/ https://www.asburyartscenter.com/2020/03/09/recital-readiness/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2020 01:38:31 +0000 https://www.asburyartscenter.com/?p=876 Make it a GREAT day! Recital season does not need to be a stressful time. It should be a time to build fun and positive memories! Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your dancer(s) stress-free, while also letting them live their dreams on the big stage!

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Make it a GREAT day! Recital season does not need to be a stressful time. It should be a time to build fun and positive memories! Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your dancer(s) stress-free, while also letting them live their dreams on the big stage!

Keep the “hangry” monsters at bay.

Most of us know that hunger gets the best of us at ALL ages! So, as long as we keep the food beast fed, no problem! Easy, right?? WRONG! Depending on the venue, they might not allow food or drinks in the backstage or dressing room areas. So, it can get a bit difficult… However, there are other ways you can still get food in your kids’ bellies while still following the rules!

  • Leave some snacks in your dance bag then ask a backstage adult or teacher to accompany your dancer to an area where they can eat!
  • For backstage snacks – only pack “clean and dry” snacks such as pretzels, gold fish crackers, granola or protein bars, etc. See more about good dance snacks here!
  • If they are younger, leave some snacks with a backstage adult or teacher that the kids can easily get to when they’re hungry!

Don’t forget to keep your dancers hydrated; water is always allowed backstage!

Make a check-list and pack early.

This is especially helpful for first-timers and/or dancers that are in multiple dances. Packing early will also ensure that you have everything. Use our studio discount code at www.discountdance.com (to save money on tights and supplies. Here are some things you might want to pack in your dancers’ bags:

  • Costume(s)
  • Dance shoes
  • Hair supplies: Bobby pins, hair nets, hair ties (always good to have extra!)
  • Hair spray
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Tights (make sure you know what kind of tights are needed per dance!)
  • Makeup (foundation, lipstick, eyeliner, mascara/false lashes)
  • Make-up remover (especially if you have makeup changes!)
  • Band-aids
  • Q-tips
  • Vaseline (Helps with itchy costumes!)
  • Activities (coloring pages, a doll, etc. to keep little ones busy while waiting!)

Make sure to also label your things, so we can get lost items back to you!

Stay in the loop.

Keep an eye out for important emails/ opt for text messages! Our studio does A LOT of communication, especially during this time of year. We constantly send messages to ensure that we are all on the same page and that things run smoothly. We send important documents as well; like hair/makeup lists that tells you exactly what is needed per dance as well as meeting times and places. With that being said, sometimes we encounter hiccups! Opting in for text messages will send you a notification right as we send a message! Then you’ll be able to get live updates straight to your phone.

Offer to volunteer.

Sometimes, you just feel better when you are closer to your children! Our teachers and staff always appreciate help in managing the “behind the scenes” activities backstage; whether that means wrangling kids before their number, checking in families as they drop their dancers off, or helping with quick costume changes – all help is welcome! The BEST part is that you still get to see your child’s performances! We won’t let you miss your dancers’ time to shine. You will be able to be right there on the side of the stage to watch the action. Reach out to the office to see how you can help backstage!

“Bye-Bye Butterflies! Talk to your dancers about being nervous.

Dance recitals can be a very scary experience, especially for young ones or first-time dancers! Sometimes all it takes is the word of encouragement from their guardians to let them know that everything will be okay and that they will do great! As teachers, the kids have been hearing how great they’ll do all year so at this point, they are expecting us to say it. Our positive words are usually directed to the WHOLE class, but it’s a different story when those words come straight from you and to only them! It is easy to get caught up in the emotional anxieties and rollercoaster that comes with a dance recital performance. Make extra sure to give your dancers reassurance that is special just for them!

Don’t forget that children are also emotional sponges! It’s normal for parents to be nervous, too! Just try not to let any negative emotions trickle down to your dancers! Keep reminding yourself that the most important thing on recital day is for the kiddos to have a fun and exciting experience! If you find that your dancer is letting their nerves get to them, remind them that they’ve worked hard all year for this and that again….everything will be okay!

Be on time EARLY to EVERYTHING!

There’s a common saying used in theatre: “If you’re 10 minutes early, you’re on time, and if you’re on time, you’re late!” Keep that in mind when you’re making plans. Being early (but also not TOO early) can help with easing your dancer into the space they’ll be spending hours in, and it will set a calm precedent for the rest of the night as well. Also, since our recital is free admission, this gives you time to choose seats you like. If you have purchased reserved seating – don’t forget your tickets 🙂

Performance and Thank You Gifts

Gifts are absolutely optional, but dancers and teachers always appreciate a token of congratulations or gratitude after a long, sometimes nerve-wracking performance. Flowers are a traditional post performance gift, but you can get creative with just about anything! Our studio makes it easy for you to pre-purchase flowers as part of your recital bundle. Order on our website or the front desk and then we will have them fresh and ready on recital day! Note: If you do not pre-order, we cannot guarantee that there will be any extra flowers for purchase on the day of recital. 

Recital Packets – Check and re-check.

Lots of things can get lost in translation when everyone is busy and nerves are high. Luckily, our studio hands out recital packets specific to each dancer! It has all the info you could ask for:

  • The venue address
  • What number your dance(s) are in recital
  • Dance hair and makeup requirements per dance
  • Dance shoe requirement per dance
  • Order forms for recital bundles and items
  • Recital photo information

Let the front desk know if you haven’t received yours!

There are no stupid questions!

If this is your first time doing a dance recital, or even if you’re a recital veteran, it is always good to ask questions! Don’t be afraid to come up to the front desk or approach your teachers with questions. We are all here to help, and if we can’t give you answers right away we can direct you to someone who will.

Thank you for reading this, I hope this helps you all! Our studio is very welcoming to any questions or concerns you may have, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

LXS out!

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Dance Teacher Spotlight – Lorna Edwards https://www.asburyartscenter.com/2020/03/09/asbury-arts-dance-teacher-spotlight/ https://www.asburyartscenter.com/2020/03/09/asbury-arts-dance-teacher-spotlight/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 21:13:50 +0000 https://www.asburyartscenter.com/?p=862 Hello, everyone! Welcome back to the Asbury Arts blog! Today, we’re going to get to know one of our lovely staff members; the multi-talented Lorna Edwards. Miss Lorna is the studio manager, but also and excellent teacher. Her teaching specialty includes the "Littles’" classes, which are full of kiddos from ages 2-6, this requires knowledge and patience that not everyone possesses! She also instructs classes for older students and everyone enjoys her extraordinary ability to teach, choreograph and relate!

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Hello, everyone! Welcome back to the Asbury Arts blog! Today, we’re going to get to know one of our lovely staff members; the multi-talented Lorna Edwards. Miss Lorna is the studio manager, but also and excellent teacher. Her teaching specialty includes the “Littles’” classes, which are full of kiddos from ages 2-6, this requires knowledge and patience that not everyone possesses! She also instructs classes for older students and everyone enjoys her extraordinary ability to teach, choreograph and relate!

Aside from sharing her talents with us at the studio, she is currently performing with a professional tap dance ensemble called “Noise Complaint” where she travels nationally. She was also part of many productions with Columbia City Ballet; a ballet company that was hosting shows in her hometown, Savannah, GA.

With that being said, let’s ask her some questions!

LXS: Hey, Lorna! I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of people seem very surprised when they find out you’re only 21 years old and how much you’ve accomplished in that time. When and where did you start dancing?

Lorna: I started dancing when I was 4 in Savannah, GA. When I first started, I danced in the Ballet/Tap combo class just like the ones I teach now.

LXS: Did you always stick to dance, or did you do other activities as well?

Lorna: For the most part I always danced, but there was a time when I also tried piano. I also went through a time when I didn’t want to dance anymore, and that’s when I tried gymnastics. I quickly realized that dance was for me and I went back.

LXS: Oh, so you did multiple things! Now that you’re a teacher, do you think it’s a good idea for kids to try different activities on top of dance, or is it typically better for them to stick to one thing?

Lorna: I think it’s great for kids to explore and find what they really love, but I also think that it’s important for them to learn commitment. 

LXS: I agree! Speaking of commitment, how long have you been working here at Asbury Arts both as a dance teacher and as the studio manager?

Lorna: I’ve been teaching for about 3 years and managing for a little over 1. This is my third recital, and I’m really excited to see how everyone’s grown!

LXS: Me too! Thanks for taking time to talk to us today!

Stay tuned for more Teacher Spotlights, and other blog posts!

LXS out!

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Lake Asbury to Los Angeles! https://www.asburyartscenter.com/2019/12/04/lake-asbury-to-los-angeles/ https://www.asburyartscenter.com/2019/12/04/lake-asbury-to-los-angeles/#respond Wed, 04 Dec 2019 05:00:53 +0000 https://www.asburyartscenter.com/?p=785 Hello, everyone! My name is Alexis Najarro and I’m one of the dance and music instructors for Asbury Arts Center. I’m really excited about being able to write the 1st blog article for the studio! I feel like I have so much to share, including life at the studio, student and teacher perspectives/relationships, and getting to share the experiences I’ve had as a student, teacher, and professional performer. I really hope that these are something that can be helpful to whoever reads them, and I also hope that we as writer and reader can establish a strong connection!

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Who are we? Let’s Get Started….

Hello, everyone! My name is Alexis Najarro and I’m one of the dance and music instructors for Asbury Arts Center. I’m really excited about being able to write the 1st blog article for the studio! I feel like I have so much to share, including life at the studio, student and teacher perspectives/relationships, and getting to share the experiences I’ve had as a student, teacher, and professional performer. I really hope that these are something that can be helpful to whoever reads them, and I also hope that we as writer and reader can establish a strong connection!   

Okay, but who is this person?

 Like I said before, my name is Alexis Najarro, but I also go by the name LXS.” I’m a professional recording artist for a record label in Los Angeles called Melting Pop Records, and am the lead singer for a sing and dance pop group called StaticeQuo. I debuted as an R&B solo artist in August this past year with a self-composed single called, “Halfway,” but my roots of being a professional performer date all the way back to 2008, when I was a featured performer for my hometown symphony.

Moms Know Best

My mom always told me that I sang before I could talk, and I had a very ambitious beginning when my parents made my first recording of me singing “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion at age 5. Along the way, I also picked up various instruments so that I was capable of accompanying myself.    In regard to dance, I started my training at the late age of 11 with a concentration on Hip-Hop, Tap, and Jazz. I later became a dance captain and featured choreographer for a professional tap company called Noise Complaint; which I was a part of for almost 4 years. I also started a successful dance group called S2C with my sister (Adrienne) and best friend (Lorna), who is currently the studio manager.    

Finding The Right Path

I started my teaching days as an assistant, but as my life as a regular school student became busier I had less time to really explore teaching. It wasn’t until I was in college that I began my official teaching career. At first, like most college students, it was just a way to make money, but it didn’t take long for me to really become passionate about it. If you are interested in looking at colleges for dance, check out some top college dance programs by CLICKING HERE!

Experience = Wisdom

I am currently going into my 9th year of teaching, and throughout that time I’ve had many experiences dealing with different studio cultures; as well as working with different personalities, which will be a topic for later. 😉    Out of my 9 years, I’ve worked at Asbury Arts for almost 4 of those! When I first started working here, I only taught a couple days a week because I was also teaching at 3 other studios. Eventually, it became very exhausting bouncing around North Florida and I decided to settle into this studio. Focusing my time at Asbury Arts gave me a really good chance to grow as a teacher, and as I grew, so did my classes! I went from teaching 2 days a week, with 4 classes that averaged at about 5 kids a class, to teaching 5 days a week with 13 very full group classes and 8 private lessons!

Family, Fame and the Future

    Asbury Arts gave me a phenomenal opportunity to become the teacher and person I am today. They’ve always been supportive, their core values are rock solid, and the environment is nothing less than pleasant; and I can’t wait to share all the good times with all of you!    Please look forward to more blog articles, staff introductions, helpful tips and make sure to follow our social media to know when the next blog pops up! LXS OUT! 

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