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Welcome to The M&M Academy of Arts' blog!

 

Parents and students,  welcome! Here we will provide you with tips, advice, and all the details you need to go on your next big dance adventure. If you have any comments or questions, don't hesitate to contact us. Happy reading!

By maxine, Dec 30 2017 09:52PM

Class Etiquette


1. Arrive on time. Arriving late to class is disruptive to the other students. If for some reason you are running late, apologise on enter to studio quietly and ready for class. Then take the time to speak to the teacher quikly at the end of class to apologise.


2. Have a good attitude. Bring Energy, lots of energy, As the saying goes "you get out what you out in". Always show enthusiasium and an eagerness to learn as you will gain the most from classes wiht a positie attitude.


3. Facing Challenges. It can be frustrating when we don’t get something on which we’ve been working, but remember, if it were easy, everyone would do it. We all have our strengths and weaknesses don't compare yourself to others. Everyone is on their own journey. We all have our own challenges—every last one of us—and learning how to manage them properly will help you on the dance floor, as well as in life.


4. Turn off your cell phones.


5. Do not talk when the teacher is speaking. You might think you are being quiet, but if you’re talking, you’re likely not as quiet as you think you are. If you have a question for the teacher, wait for the right moment, and raise your hand.


6. Do not correct other students. That is the teacher’s responsibility. Focus on your corrections and a little tip listen to others corrections and apply them to your training. Take correction well. If a teacher corrects you, congratulations! That means they are invested in your development.


7. Practice. You go to dance class to learn, but you’ll make your progression faster when you practice outside of class. Make sure to do all homework, and work on any combinations/choreography, so that upon returning to class, you can spend the majority of your time learning new material instead of spending that time on review.


8. Wear appropriate attire and mind your hygiene. Proper attire will vary from class to class, but as a general rule, you are training, not performing. Wear something you can get sweaty in and move comfortably in. No jewelry or False Nails. Please wear deodorant to class. Keep uniform clean and freshly washed.


9. Respect your studio premises. Keep it clean! No food or gum on the dance floor. A water bottle is fine. As a general rule, if you brought it in, take it home or put it in the bin.


10. Use common sense. Being respectful of the other students, the teacher, and being a hard worker will cover many of the bases.


13. Have FUN! Ultimately, this is YOUR class too, and you should be having a good time. Every teacher feels good when their students leave the room happy, so enjoy the process. Dance is an enriching experience, so be proud of your hard work, celebrate your accomplishments, and keep your eye on the continuing journey ahead. Set goals and celebrate yours and others achievements

By maxine, Mar 8 2017 12:36PM


You have seen them. There is no way you haven’t, waiting outside the studio, managing crazy schedules, fixing a last-minute wardrobe malfunction. You see them at the end of every performance, a big hug and a proud smile already in place. It’s the Dance Mums!


Mums are, as always, the big loving glue that keeps the world in one piece. And when it comes to the very particular dance world, their presence is a much-needed blessing. There is, first of all, the enormous gift mums have given their children simply by enrolling them in dance lessons. The kids will learn so much more than pliés and tendus – they will have the opportunity to develop an artistic and creative side that will help them to become happier, more fulfilled human beings. Dancing is a wonderful way to explore interpersonal skills such as social interaction, expression, a sense of community and belonging, self-confidence, values, discipline, and perseverance. Mums of dancers will have the chance to see their kids bloom under the scenario and circumstances they have provided.


A mother is already an extraordinary multitasker, and a Dance Mum is without a doubt an endless box of wonders: the perfect last-minute seamstress, the official driver, the most creative stylist and make-up artist, the loudest cheerleader, and the most supportive companion one could ever hope for. It doesn’t matter if you’re only practicing at the studio or if you’re in a major competition, you know nothing can ever go wrong with your mum by your side.


Mums also enter impressive sacrifices in order to help their child, and they do so with an open heart. If you have spent time in the dance world, as a dancer, teacher, or parent, who have gone without or beyond to support your dancer and give them the best chance. There’s no limit to what parents are willing to do to make sure their children see their dream fulfilled.


Dance can be hard sometimes, and professional or competitive dancing is a complex world that requires a lot of emotional support for the budding artist. It can be a daunting task, but it’s also one of the most fulfilling challenges a parent and a family could hope for. The time comes, sooner than expected, when it becomes clear that it has all been worth it, absolutely worth it: every stitch in a costume, every frantic commuting to class, shows, and competition, every lost hour of sleep, every can of hairspray, it was all worth it for that one moment of perfection on stage. Rewarded with a huge smile.


Anyone who has ever danced is aware of the enormous role Mum has had in the growth of their craft. Mums push us to go that extra mile, to aim higher, to always give dance our very best. And as she becomes an inspiration for the child who will remember just how important it is to never give up, that child will be getting ready to pass the message on to the next generation of dancers.


Dance Mums are simply the best, don’t you agree? Let us know in the comments.


By maxine, Dec 18 2016 03:23PM

Holidays are fast approaching, and with it the much dreaded gift shopping. If you have a dancer near you, it can be particularly tricky to find just the right thing for them. But worry no more! No matter your budget, or the age of your dancer, we’ve got you covered. We present to you several options to surprise that special dancer in your life:


By maxine, Nov 23 2016 07:55PM

Welcome to the second part of our blog series! Today we'll talk about how to prepare and be at your best for what is undoubtedly the best day ever: The Show.


You and your little one have been looking forward to this day for a whole year. Now you will see the results of all those long hours of hard, hard work as they take the stage, shine, and you can finally breathe and smile proudly.


Nothing should ruin this special day for you and your dancer, and that's why we have compiled our best advice to ensure the day goes smoothly and trouble-free, so you all can enjoy the show at its fullest and it becomes a truly memorable experience.


By maxine, Nov 23 2016 01:43AM

Hello everyone! We're proud to present a series of posts that will help all of you as dancers and parents to make the most of these formation years and your experience with our academy. We will focus on tips, advice, and all the tools you might need to make this time the absolute best in your life.


So dive in! We hope we address all of your doubts and concerns, but if there's still anything that you need to have answered, or another topic that you would like us to discuss, please feel free to comment here or write to us - your voice is the most important. Enjoy!


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