Thursday, 22 September 2016

5 Things to Make Your First Dance Class Spectacular!

5 Things to Make Your First Dance Class Spectacular!
Are you totally new to the dance experience? Do you have a child who is beyond thrilled about the classes they are about to start?  We have put together a few tips to help you ease into a great season in the arts.

1.                 Arrive Early
Please make it a priority to arrive 10 min early for your first class so we can get you settled in before the fun starts. This will allow you to get familiar with the layout of the studio, where to put outdoor shoes and hang your coat and stash your bag.  It also leaves time for a last chance bathroom break. We want to make sure your dancer is totally ready to learn without interruptions to distract them.

You dancer will wait in the lobby with the rest of their class until their teacher opens the door to release one class and invite in the next. They will loudly call out the name of the class. Listen carefully. Of course if you have any questions, our knowledgeable office staff can always help you settle in and provide answers to all your questions.
2.        Have Your Dress Code Ready Before Your First Class
Most classes require a dress code.This is a list of required footwear and clothing needed to participate.  This helps dancers train safely and correctly. Our friendly office staff can help you figure out what your dancer needs for class.

At APA we have a fully stocked dancewear boutique. We truly are the one stop shop. We know families are busy and have limited time. We want to help make your experience at our studio worry free. We have all your shoes, bodysuits and tights in stock year round to help you balance your schedule and spend more time with your family and less time running errands.

If for some reason your dancer will not be attending their first class in dress code - please talk to your child so they know they will be dressed differently than the other dancers in their class. Some children struggle with this and it harms their ability to enjoy the experience.

3.        Have A Positive Attitude And Make Some Friends
Trying something new can be very exciting, but it can also bring about some of those butterflies in your stomach.  Remind your dancer that having a positive attitude towards learning is a great skill to develop. Trying new things is hard but can lead to some great learning experiences and may lead them to discover a passion they would never know they had!

Having a positive attitude and being open to meeting new people and introducing yourself will help you get settled in class and leads to great things! When you have a positive attitude, people are naturally drawn to you. You can’t help but make new friends when you share your joy and positive attitude with others. It is a win win for everyone!
4.        Bring A Smile And Take A Picture On Our Red Carpet
Bring a smile with you not only to class but everywhere you go :) Smiling when you are working on a new skill helps your brain learn faster! Smiling at others attracts new friends! It is always a good idea to smile, even when you are having a bad day!

We have our Red Carpet set up in the lobby the first few weeks of classes to help you capture wonderful memories (and that beautiful smile). It is also a great way to distract your dancer if the nerves are becoming a bit much :)  Many friendships start on our red carpet - you just never know!
5.        Thank Your Teacher And Your Parents
We love teaching our dancers all about respect for themselves and others around them.  You will often find our staff reminding dancers about manners and how others might want to be treated. It is so important to help our dancers understand their impact and that a please and thank you can go a long way!  

After every class it is a dance tradition for dancers to thank their teachers for sharing their knowledge and time.  In return teachers thank their students for being such willing learners.  We also like to encourage the dancers to thank their parents or whoever that special person is who took the time to provide the lessons and get them to and from dance so they can have a wonderful dance experience.

Have a great first class and we are here to help you with any concerns or questions you may have!

Tara Pickford

Here is all the information you need to find the studio:
Ambition Performing Arts Inc.
#205 2002 Luxstone BLVD
(second floor - enter between nail salon and 7-11)

Monday, 19 September 2016

4 Things To Consider When Choosing A Dance School

4 Things To Consider When Choosing A Dance School:

You are receiving this email because you expressed interest in information on our website. This is the first of several informational emails you will receive from us :)

Why Choose Ambition Performing Arts?

If most studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers, experience teaching children and a big show at the end of the year, aren’t they all the same? Does it really matter which place you choose to enroll at?

YES! There are 4 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles parents must deal with and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program.

1. What type of floor is used?

Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints. Most dance footwear does not provide any cushioning or support, so the shock of movement can place a large amount of strain on the knees and back of the dancer.

At APA our floors were designed the same as the New York City Ballet. They are constructed with a basket weave triple layer system that will absorb hours or training and jumping. Why is this important? Whether you train once a week or decide to dedicate hours to your craft, our floors will help you maintain a healthy and protected body. Our high quality sound systems, disco balls and professional stage lights are hung in both classrooms! Can you say dance party?! We have them all the time - every week, right in the classroom!

2. What is the size of the class? What is taught? How is it scheduled?

If the class has fewer students, each child will receive more personalized attention, learn more and have more fun. A smaller class size allows the teacher to control the class, allows funda­mental concepts to be explored, and ensures students develop positive habits and proper technique.

We teach all of our classes with proven syllabus and teacher certifications so you can be confident that our APA classrooms are enriched with with our experienced teachers. We ensure balanced lesson plans that promote strength, flexibility and positive body knowledge.  We also offer community performances so our students can give back to the community while increasing their self esteem!
APA also has many classes back to back for dancers and siblings. We will go the extra mile to help you get a schedule your busy family can live with and enjoy. Now that is win win!

3. What are the extras required for classes and dance recital?

Most studios require a dress code for class. This is a list of required footwear and clothing needed to participate.  This helps dancers train safely and correctly.

At APA we have a fully stocked dancewear boutique. We truly are the one stop shop. We know families are busy and have limited time. We want to help make your experience at our studio worry free. We have all your shoes, bodysuits and tights in stock year round to help you balance your schedule and spend more time with your family and less time running errands.

Most studios put on a Dance Recital show in a profes­sional theatre. Students performing in the show must have a costume. Some studios require parents to sew costumes or pay extra for sewing and alterations. This can be frustrating and time consuming for people who are too busy or don’t sew.

The best recital is one where your studio helps you look after all the little details. At APA we make sure your costume is sized properly and ready to go. We look after the expense of alterations and the time of getting it done. It is our goal to ensure our customers always receive top notch service.

4. Can I get customer service?

In many studios the teacher or studio owner conducts the class and does the administration. By trying to do two jobs at once, the class may suffer as the teacher deals with administration during class time, or there may be no customer service available if the teacher is in a class.

At APA we have scheduled office hours 6 days a week with helpful, knowledgable staff. We work hard to help you handle all the details so that you can get back to what is important - fun with your family!  We offer monthly payment plans to help you budget for great classes all year.  With our family friendly culture you can feel great about where your kids hang out and what they learn.

We are always excited to create an exciting journey in the arts for more families.

Tara Pickford

Here is all the information you need to find the studio:
Ambition Performing Arts Inc.
#205 2002 Luxstone BLVD
(second floor - enter between nail salon and 7-11)

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

5 Reasons Why Summer Dance and Arts are Special and Important

Unplug this summer and unleash your creativity with SUMMER DANCE CAMPS!

Summer is on it’s way and we are gearing up to beat the heat!   We’ve got the perfect cure for the summertime blues with our line-up of summer classes.  With all of choices that are available to families over the summer, we’ve put together our top 5 reasons why summer dance is special and important!
1.      Engage your brain!
During the school year children are learning all day, every day.  Summer dance camps are a great resource to trigger young minds through physical and observational learning.  Students are memorizing sequences of steps, spacing, music, formations and keeping their brains active!  Studies show that when we make split-second, quick decisions (like when we dance), we create new neural pathways that increase our intelligence. Give your kids a break from school but keep their minds engaged through dancing!

2.      Beat the Heat!
While summer weather encourages us all to enjoy the nice weather and cool pools, a break from the heat is always appreciated.  Our dance camps take place inside with air conditioning, a variety of activities and crafts included with many camps. Switch up your summer camps and give your student a variation with their summer camps.

3.     Discovery!
The Performing arts is a great way for children to discover what they are passionate about.  Many of our camps offer a specific style or fuse several styles together within the week and focus on fun!  If one of the styles isn’t a good fit for whatever reason, a dancer will quickly move onto another style within a day or two.  Maybe it’s the discovery of music, or, maybe it’s the opportunity to discover how good they are at something.   Discovery is a wonderful thing for every child regardless of age.  It fires the imagination and allows children to dream.

4.      Engage in maximum creativity!
If your child is drawn towards creativity, summer dance camps are a perfect fit!  Dancers, musicians, karate kids, and acrobats have many opportunities to get their creative juices flowing through movement, arts and crafts, games and songs.  Some camps even involve costume design, hair and make-up techniques for the stage, set design and more!

5.      Make new friends
One of the greatest benefits of summer dance is getting the opportunity to work with new teachers and meet new friends.  Dance involves a team like atmosphere and in many of our camps dancers spend several days together forming new friendships.  Receiving instruction from a new teacher is incredibly helpful and super fun!

Register for Summer Dance Camps at Ambition Performing Arts Inc!

Monday, 29 September 2014


I admit it, I want more for my child that I had for myself, than my parents had for themselves.  I seek out activities and research experiences that will challenge, educate and mold my children into the perfect members of society we all wish to see.

All parents want their children to be happy, healthy well adjusted contributing members to our society and then – and only then – will our job as a parent be complete.
Does this sound familiar to anyone??!!

Many parents land at dance lessons for their children as one of the experiences they seek out to complete this mission.  At the studio we get phone calls every day from parents who want this experience for their child. One of cute costumes, glitter, pink tulle, glitter and adorable photo ops, did I mention glitter?!  All the things that are cute and girly. 

While we are at it they will learn so many life lessons : friendships, listening skills, discipline, taking instructions, being responsible for their class attire and shoes, being prepared, respect for others, respect for themselves, self confidence (getting up on stage is REALLY hard!) – the list can go one for miles of all the great things dance can do for your child.

Below is an article that a friend of mine posted – she doesn’t have kids – but she posted it anyway – she believes that strongly in this experience for her unborn child.

Enjoy the article – I know I didJ

Miss Tara

Monday, 15 September 2014

Confessions of Former Dance Mom

As a studio owner and a dance mom, I am in a unique position to see both sides of my business.  I see the schedules and how they affect busy families. I also see how a very busy company makes the best possible use of space while acting in the best interests of those same busy families.  I am making the after school dash to get the kids to class on time, making sure the dinner is healthy thought out and delicious. Making sure there are tights without holes, the proper shoes and a water bottle at hand, whipping hair into a bun at a stop light while asking them how their school day was.

Sometimes it feels overwhelming and that I cannot please anyone – customers, dancers even my own kids. There are days where this is a very thankless job.  Then every once in a while a dancer or a parent makes a special effort to tell you how much what you do means to their family.  Your own child says a genuine thank you in their own special way, reminding you that it is totally worth it.  Every crazy minute of this passionate industry is totally worth it.

Enjoy reading the following article – I think it is a great reminder of why we do so much for our kids.  Why we at APA have shifted our focus to be MORE THAN JUST GREAT DANCING.
Miss Tara

Confessions of a Former Dance Mom
You start by taking your 3 year old daughter to dance class as something to fill an hour of her week and give her an outlet for her energy. She comes home from class and continues to dance around the house, wearing a few spare scarves from your closet or last year’s princess costume from the dress up box – asking every day there after “do I go to dance today?”
Next thing you know, you’re complaining about hours spent driving back and forth to the studio, the later-than-you’d-like rehearsal (on a school night?!), time sitting and waiting at the studio for class to end when you have a million other places to be. And don’t even get me started on the money – tuition, pointe shoes, master classes, pointe shoes, fund raisers, pointe shoes. Did I mention pointe shoes?
You fret and worry that a “normal” childhood is passing her by. She’s not on the field hockey team, she’s not a cheerleader. She’s rarely at the dinner table because she has class almost every night of the week. Family vacations are planned around summer intensive. High school football games and pep rallies are not on the schedule.
You have the podiatrist and physical therapist on speed dial (what teenager is on a first name basis with their podiatrist?) You research snacks and meals for athletes trying to balance between the need to replace all the calories expended on the Marley and the demand to maintain good lines for dance. You read articles about dancers and poor body image from too much time spent looking in a mirror but never seeing the perfection the teacher wants. “Diet” becomes a four letter word in your house.
But before you know it, she’s danced her last Nut and discarded her last pair of pointe shoes and it’s over all too soon. When it’s all over, and she’s left the stage for the last time, will you remember the hours, the money, the worry or the physical toll? My guess is “no”. You will remember the gifts that dance has given her: the ability to prioritize and multi-task, a strong, flexible body, the ability to handle pressure and last minute changes, an appreciation of music not currently heard on I Heart Radio. You will be grateful you are sending your daughter out into the world with a strong work ethic and a long attention span. You will have a great sense of peace knowing your daughter is part of a strong circle of young women equally capable of lifting one another up when the road is rough, as they are at celebrating one another’s triumphs. In the end, you can pat yourself on the back because taking her to that first dance class 15 years ago one of the best parenting decisions you made.
Lisa DeCavalcante