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Holiday Gift Guide for Dancers

Holiday Gift Guide for Dancers

Holidy gift ideas for your dancerHappy December! It is officially prime time for holiday shopping. Don’t know what to get your dancer this year? We’ve got you covered. We have put together a list of our favorite gift ideas for dancers. Here are ten gift ideas for dancers that any student would love. Happy shopping!

1. A gift certificate for dance classes at Mariann’s School of Dance

We are biased of course, but we think a gift certificate to Mariann’s School of Dance is a GREAT gift option! When you give a session of dance classes, you are giving a gift that gives LONG after the holidays are over. A gift certificate can allow a child to add a class or experience dance for the first time. A great gift idea for Grandparents or relatives wanting to give an experience. Learn more about our classes here and contact the studio to purchase a gift certificate. We are still accepting enrollment in most classes!

2. Massage Kit

This kit is the perfect antidote to sore muscles! These items will come in handy during the first week back from Winter Break. They are also ideal for warming up and cooling down before class and after class. They are small enough to fit in a dance bag and keep close during competitions, recitals, performances, and auditions. Check them out on Amazon!

3. Shop the Mariann’s School of Dance Boutique

Don’t forget to swing through our boutique for some holiday inspiration! We carry dancewear, shoes, spirit wear, and accessories in stock that would make perfect gifts and stocking stuffers. Throughout the month of December, most items are 15% off! Mid-school year is the perfect time to gift your child with some fresh dancewear! Check out our boutique online.

4. Bluetooth Ear Buds

Every dancer NEEDS these in their life! There is nothing worse than trying to practice a dance with corded earbuds that get tangled and fall out of your ears mid-pirouette. These earbuds stay securely on your ear while dancing. They connect to Bluetooth so you don’t have to hold your device in hand. The sound quality is great for an affordable price.

5. A Subscription to Dance Magazine

A magazine subscription is great for a dancer that likes to read and stay updated on all things dance. Dance  Magazine offers inspiring stories and tips from the pros. It often gives audition advice and lists for summer intensives, workshops, and college dance programs. Grab a year-long subscription on Amazon. Dance Spirit is another great choice for a passionate young dancer!

6. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

Misty Copeland is an inspiration to dancers of ALL ages. Her story is a great reminder that with hard work and dedication anything is possible. She has overcome so much to become the ballerina she is today! This edition is perfect for dancers in 4th-9th grades. Have an older dancer? The original version would be a great choice!

7. Big Life Journal: A Growth Mindset Journal for Children

Have you heard of growth mindset? This journal teaches children to embrace challenges, to persevere, and how to grow from feedback. These skills are so important and translate to the work we do inside the dance studio. The Big Life Journal would be perfect for dancers of all ages.

8. Caboodle

The Caboodle is back! Dancers tend to acquire a lot of accessories. Between the bobby pins, hair ties, and performance makeup; it can quickly get overwhelming! This would be a great option for dancers to keep their things corralled and organized. They will be more than ready for the next performance!

9. Set of TheraBand Resistance Bands

TheraBands are great for muscle strengthening and injury recovery. They are an essential addition to a young dancer’s dance bag. Resistance bands are a great way to work on strength outside of the classroom and to fire up the most important muscle groups before class. Get the set of 3 different resistance levels on Amazon.

10. JoJo Siwa Singing Doll

This last one is a fun one specifically for our younger dancers. If your little one can’t get enough of JoJo and her bows, this doll might need to go on your list! JoJo is a singing and dancing sensation. She encourages girls to be confident and speaks out against bullying. That is a mission we can get behind!

Are you feeling inspired? We are so fortunate to have dancers that are passionate about the performing arts. We love coming up with gift ideas that support their passion! Hopefully, these gift ideas put a smile on your dancer's face.

We are sending warm wishes to all of our dance families this holiday season. Happy holidays from all of us here at Mariann’s School of Dance!

Benefits of Dance Education

Benefits of Dance Education

Our staff loves teaching and watching our students grow both in AND out of the dance studio. For us, dance is so much more than just a hobby!  Mariann’s School of Dance teaches dance as a total art form. Our dancers develop technical skill and discipline as well as a strong sense of theater, musicality, and expression. We strongly believe that the skills our students develop at the studio are skills they will carry with them for a lifetime. 

We know that families have a lot of different options to choose from when it comes to extracurricular activities. Our classes go beyond just having fun and are a wonderful choice for anyone who loves movement and music! Today we are breaking down just a few of the benefits of Dance Education:

1) Physical Development

This one may seem obvious, but dance requires an incredible amount of athleticism! Involving the entire body, dancers utilize strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination. Dance also requires a large range of motion. Our classes are a great way for young children to improve their motor skills.  Dance also encourages students to develop healthy habits and a love for movement.

2) Opportunities for Self Expression

Dance classes encourage self-expression. Students are encouraged to bring their emotions into their dancing. They learn how to express ideas using their body and communicate with others nonverbally. Dancers and artists often have a greater sense of emotional maturity and self-awareness, which can be of great value as one moves through life’s challenges!

3) Active Learning Skills

Dance education provides a child with cognitive benefits in addition to physical benefits. As opposed to a typical school setting where students learn by listening to a teacher or reading a textbook, a dance class allows a student to learn by doing. In class, dancers use their bodies to actively work through concepts as they are learning them. Additionally, dance improves a child’s memory skills, as they are asked to remember steps and choreography from week to week. This requires not only mental concentration but strong muscle-memory!

4) Social Awareness

Dance can sometimes be considered an individual pursuit. However, in our classes and dance companies, we teach our students how to work within a group dynamic, engage with others, and respect the people around them. We value classroom etiquette and teach our students to take every correction from the instructor as their own, whether it was given to another student or them directly. We encourage our dancers to cheer each other on, recognize other dancers’ strengths, and use each other as role models to better themselves. We also greatly stress the importance of spatial awareness, as dancers must learn how to dance freely while simultaneously respecting the personal space of others.

5) Self-Confidence

Dancers learn self-confidence, which is particularly important for children as they move through different stages of development. The opportunity to learn dance steps and perform for an audience can be extremely valuable.  Performing is not easy! It shows them just how much they are capable of with dedication, practice, and the support of their teachers and classmates. We love seeing our students accomplish the goals we set out for them and there is nothing more rewarding than teaching a child to be confident in their own skin.

Dance education is SO important and we LOVE what we do. Dance education provides children with opportunities to develop and grow as dancers and as people! It is an honor to share this art form with our students and witness them grow year after year.

If you want to try out our classes and see the benefits for yourself, check out our class schedule!
We would love to meet your family and we are SO excited for another great year of dance!

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Acrobatics  •  Ballet  •  Boys Only  •  Conditioning  • Contemporary •  Creative Movement  •  Hip Hop •  Jazz  •  Lyrical  •  Musical Theatre  •  Tap