We already know that dance education provides both children and adults with great exercise, a healthy hobby, and beneficial social structure. That's enough to celebrate on its own, but those positives are just the beginning -- science has demonstrated that our little ones are reaping cognitive, emotional, and academic gains from their time spent in motion.
A few of our favorites:
Higher GPA: A study of a sizable group of ethnically diverse students which tracked academic and extracurricular behaviors from preschool to middle school revealed that those who participated in dance education during middle school had a higher GPA than non-participant counterparts. 
Improved social ability: A review of a preschool group's participation in a two-month dance and creative movement program determined that students who participated in the program showed significant social gains compared to peers that didn't participate. 
Better self-discipline: One assessment of young women and teens participating in frequent dance education noted that 92% of participants self-reported gains to self-discipline as a result of their participation in dance classes. 
On another note:
People of all ages will be celebrating the art of dance on April 29th, which will mark the 39th annual International Art Day. The festival commemorates the birth of the father of modern ballet, Jean-Georges Noverre, and a city of celebration and gala ambassador are chosen to lead the event's festivities each year. As is the case with many events, 2020 and 2021's celebrations will eschew physical participation in favor of online streaming, with both dance performances and keynote speakers featured on the ITI website during and after the event.
Interested in watching this year's International Dance Day performances? Head over to the ITI website during or after the event for streaming footage. We hope to see you there.
If you're here, it probably means you are new to Carolina Dance Collaborative. We welcome you to our dance community and thank you for your interest in our dance program! We are so excited to begin another season of dance. We've even added some new classes so don't forget to check those out! You may be wondering; how do I register for classes? Do you have a studio where I can register? How do I pay?
Well, I'm here to help you with all of that. Let's begin by answering those questions:
STEP 1 - CREATE AN ACCOUNT
This is where you will fill in your information, whether you are a parent/guardian or an adult registering for one of our Adult or Senior Classes.
STEP 2 - ADD A STUDENT
The next step is to add a student by clicking "ADD STUDENT"
If you are enrolling in one of our Adult Programs, you will choose "I AM TAKING CLASS." By choosing this option, it will add you as a student. You will not be able to register for classes, if you are not a student.
STEP 3 - CREATE ACCOUNT
Before you create your account, please make sure you read over our policies as we do have a strict NO REFUND POLICY.
STEP 4 - CHOOSING YOUR CLASS
When you first create your account, you will automatically be navigated to the classes pages. And, if you didn't read those policies before creating your account, don't worry, it will show you at the top of the classes page.
Here you will find all of the YMCA locations, Adult Classes, Community Classes, Adaptive Classes, and After School Classes. Choose the location or program in which you are interested.
After clicking on one of the tabs, it will list all of the classes available for your students age. Check the class you in which you wish to enroll. If you don't see the class listed, let us know. We would be happy to help!
STEP 5 - SUBMIT PAYMENT
Once you check the class in which you wish to enroll, a FINISH REGISTRATION NOW button will appear at the top of the page. Notice, in red, it says that your choices are "saved, but you are not enrolled."
You must complete payment to enroll in classes. Why is this important? If you are planning to mail in a check/cash, you will not actually be registered for the class yet. That means if the class fills up before we receive your check in the mail, you may be placed in a different class. It is VERY IMPORTANT to email us and let us know you will be mailing in a check. We will complete the registration for you so your place in class will be saved.
Welcome to Carolina Dance Collaborative, or welcome back! In this blog post, I will be sharing with you some ways to prepare for class. Whether or not this is your first class with us, we thought it would be a good refresher for the start of Quarter 2 next week and to fill you in on why we think it's important to have all of the dance essentials ready for class.
How should a dancer look for class?
When a dancer comes to class with all of his/her essentials (leotard, tights, shoes, ponytail holder, etc.) it teaches him/her responsibility for all of his/her items. We all know items get lost. At one point all the dance shoes were in the bag and all of a sudden one is lost and found a couple of weeks later under the bed. :-) Our dancers can learn responsibility by keeping track of all of their dance items. Dancers can learn how to be prepared for class by making sure they have all of our essentials on, or maybe even having extras in our bag, when we get to the classroom. Most importantly, when a dancer comes to class ready to go, with their dance attire on and hair secured tightly out of face (in a bun or ponytail depending on the class), it shows the instructor that the dancer is ready for class and eager to learn. This is one of the many ways a dancer can show etiquette in class (we will discuss more in another post). :-)
And now for a refresher on what your dancer needs for his/her class:
Little Learners 1 and 2:
Where do I find all of this attire?
I look forward to seeing you in class!!
YMCA Program Manager