A Red Door Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is possibly the most well-known and most-performed ballet in the dance world. It is a time honored tradition that began in 1892 and has gained much popularity through the centuries. Why should your dancer participate in A Red Door Nutcracker? Aside from the fact that dance is a performance art and we dancers absolutely LIVE and LOVE to be on stage?

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This performance is an opportunity to enrich your dancer’s education by becoming part of the history of ballet! The Nutcracker is a tradition that intertwines so many dancers all over the world. It is a shared experience, and one that offers the opportunity to grow and create memories year after year. As dancers graduate to new classes at Red Door, they can progress their way through the entire story of The Nutcracker, dancing different roles that are earned through hard work and dedication. If a student joins us at 3 years of age, they can possibly dance every role from a Mouse and Soldier all the way to the Sugar Plum Fairy! A Red Door Nutcracker is entirely made up of our fabulous dancers, showcasing their talent and progress in an adaptation of a full length ballet.

Performing in A Red Door Nutcracker is different from our year-end recital in many ways. Perhaps the most obvious is that it is similar to a professional ballet company experience in that dancers learn their choreography and perform in a much shorter period of time-often as few as 9 weeks! This is so impressive and teaches our dancers that they can achieve difficult goals by focusing on hard work and dedication.

 

A Red Door Nutcracker also gives our dancers the opportunity to share their progress with family and friends each year during the holiday season. It is an uplifting show where the older and younger dancers support each other backstage and during rehearsals. This is truly an experience like no other! Performing in front of a live audience builds confidence, poise under pressure and encourages the expression of emotions through movement.  Watching your dancer learn that they can do hard things is such an invaluable and invigorating experience. We wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!

 

So please join us for our fourth annual production of A Red Door Nutcracker.  We can’t wait to see what your beautiful dancers achieve!

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5 Ways to Keep Your Child Safe on Social Media

 

 

1. Help them set up their accounts with the right privacy settings.

Private is best! This is the easiest way to keep their posts/ information secure and prevents bots/ spammers/ predators from being able to follow them.

2. Friend/follow them on every platform. Make this a rule..if they want to have social media, they have to let you follow them (make sure they haven’t blocked you).

You’ll be able to tell if they blocked you if you type their username into the search bar and it says “user not found”.

3. Encourage open communication/ check in with them.

By not making social media a taboo subject in your household, your kids will be more likely to come to you for advice or when something happens. Try not to make social media a negative subject. 

4. Monitor what media they are consuming by looking at the profiles they follow. You can see this under “following”.

5. Turn post notifications on so that every time they post you can check in on the content. 

 

The most important thing is that you talk to them! If you have any questions regarding your child’s social media safety, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] I’m happy to answer any questions!

 

Dance Costumes Galore!

For several years I have been the Red Door Dance Costume Manager. I was excited to take on this fun and important job! Imagine buying costumes with someone else’s money, and outfitting every dancer I see on a weekly basis in sparkly, fun costumes! This was going to be the best job ever! I knew I could do this- I’ve clothed an entire family for … well, lots of years.

It turns out there’s a lot more than buying costumes to the role of Costume Manager. For starters, did you know that there are more students at Red Door Dance Academy than there are in the average elementary school in Wylie? This year we will outfit our students with over 1200 costumes for recitals, competitions, and The Nutcracker. This fall we measured over 600 dancers for recitals and competitions. We then select unique costumes for every dance. This year we have over 150 different costume styles, each with its own tights and accessories.  Then we order the costumes early enough that they can be made and shipped to us well before they are needed for the many events our dancers participate in.

I start wielding my magic wand at this point in hopes of getting costumes as quickly as possible, managing exchanges and dealing with ever changing delivery dates.  This year has been an especially interesting year to find, order and receive costumes. The disruption of the global supply chain (I am a logistics coordinator as well) has been broken for the last year. It sometimes affects our ability to get costumes that we,and our suppliers, expect to be here in plenty of time.

   

Sometimes our orders end up like a disaster movie plot. This is a true story – last October we ordered costumes for one of our competitive teams. The manufacturer notified both us and the costume company that the costumes were on their way from the factory.  But, a month later I got a notice that these costumes were no longer available. What happened?! It’s very dramatic. A cargo ship hit a patch of very rough weather in the Pacific Ocean causing 40-foot swells to send some containers overboard. Then—if you can believe it—some of the remaining containers caught fire. (The crew was safe.) You can’t make this stuff up. 

Then we get to do a particularly fun task.  We individually unpack every costume, check it out and hang it with written instructions in its own costume bag. Over Christmas break, we packaged about 750 of those costumes with the help of our amazing STAR dancers (our teen assistants). 

My job is not done though until every dancer has their costume and is happy. 

We love costume season and I love making it happen for your dancers!

 

 

Healthy Habits from More Than Just Great Dancing

At Red Door, we strive to provide our dancers with information and tools that they can use to live a healthy and happy life! Red Door is a proud More Than Just Great Dancing affiliated studio, which means we can pass on advanced tools and resources to our students and families! 

 

As health is a top priority for our families, students, and staff, we wanted to share some healthy habits that can be implemented in everyday life! 

 

  1. Spend more time outdoors- instead of watching tv or on your tablet, consider going for a walk, or playing at the park with your friends

 

 

 

2. Fuel your body with nutritious foods- try incorporating one fruit or vegetable into your meals this week

3. Stay hydrated- increase your water intake this month. Instead of juices, sodas, and sugary averages, choose water instead

4. Set a goal for yourself- maybe you want to read 1 book this month or get your middle splits! How will you achieve this goal? Write down a game plan. 

 

 

Our Dance Curriculum | The Importance of Dance Curriculum

At Red Door, we know the importance of having continuity between our classes and teachers and across our programs as a whole. It is so important to us that no matter what class a dancer enrolls in, they are getting high-quality instruction in dance technique and classroom activities.  We also place a great deal of importance on fueling their bodies and brains with positive, uplifting feedback and, above all, safe dance instruction.

One of the ways we ensure that dancers will always receive these foundational aspects in all of our classes is by using a curriculum. We have a proprietary dance class curriculum that was developed by our Program Directors to fit the needs of our specific dance studio. Through this curriculum, we are able to tailor our program to meet our dancers where they are in terms of dance technique and classroom needs. Our curriculum is what we like to refer to as a “living document” in that it is revised and updated every year based on how our students progressed in our classes. Our Dance Program Directors visit classrooms and make notes of our progress throughout the year so that we can be sure to customize our classes accordingly. This “real-time feedback” is what makes our curriculum so uniquely ours.

 

Another benefit of having this curriculum is that we are able to ensure that our dancers all learn the same concepts, skills, and technique regardless of the class they choose to take. We know that dance is not the only activity going on in your houses. This means we need to offer multiple times for people to take Jazz I or Tap III for example. It is so important to us, as a studio and educational institution, that no matter the day or time you take a class, your dancer will receive quality dance instruction and will be able to progress through our programs. We have seen tremendous success with our curriculum and the benefits it brings to all of our students.

 

We love seeing growth and progress in our dancers! We are fully invested in and committed to their dance journey with us. Dare I say, we are exceedingly passionate about it! (Yes, I do dare!) Our staff is building a dance studio; a place to grow up with friends; a place that we want our own children to thrive in; a family. We use our dance curriculum to ensure that that same culture and those high standards are a common thread that runs through our establishment. We are proud to be Red Door Strong in so many ways.