Miss Zoe knows what it takes to be #PURPLE

IMG_7588What has been your favorite Dance Exploration School to Teach at? Why?
My favorite school to teach at is Crestmoor Early Learning Center. Not only are the group of girls adorable, but they are always keeping me on my toes 🙂
If you met someone on the street that never heard of Dance Exploration, what would you tell them about our company? I usually explain to people that Dance Exploration is an enrichment program that specializes in dance. I also tell people what makes us unique is that our goal is to get affordable dance into as many schools as possible so that as many children as possible can have the chance to learn the wonderful art. We also use dance as a fun learning tool by incorporating day to day/academic themes into our curriculum.
When you aren’t teaching and working with Dance Exploration, what are you doing? When I’m not working with Dance Exploration, I spend my own time practicing ballet, tap, and jazz as well as working as a Guest Experience Captain at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Which letter in the SPARKLE system is most beneficial to you? Why? (Systems, Pledges, Ambitions, Regiments, Knowledge, Leadership, Expressions) Ambitions, in my opinion, are the most beneficial to me because my goals are what keeps me motivated. My hopes and dreams are the reasons why I keep challenging myself to become a better teacher/dancer/person in general.

Miss Zoe is our current teacher of the month! She shows everyday how to be #PURPLE by sharing her Passion, Unique Talents, Reliability, Professionalism, Love of Kids and Educated knowledge of dance techniques and our ‘Dance to Learn!’™ Curriculum.

Miss Alyssa: Teacher of the Month- April

At Dance Exploration, we believe in recognizing the amazing dedication and hard work of our staff members. Through awarding different teacher of the month awards our Staff has learned the value of hard work, devotion, and dedication to Dance Exploration and our ‘Dance to Learn!’ Curriculum.

Miss Alyssa was recently hired on to join the Dance Exploration at the beginning of 2014. Thus far she as been an amazing asset to our team of Dance Educators. Alyssa has been a devoted dancer and cheerleader for the past 23 years. She has 5 years of professional experience as a dancer for the IFL, NLL, and First Pointe Players Ballet Company. Her dance training and education includes ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, character, modern, contemporary, tap, tumbling, and poms. She is very excited to share her passion for dance with the Dance Exploration, LLC students.

Alyssa tells us how she feels about getting awarded her first Teacher of the Month Award!

How does it feel to be awarded Teacher of the month?

Receiving the award for teacher of the month is a privilege. Similar to the other Dance Exploration instructors, dance is my passion. I love that I can share with others the art that brings me so much joy.

 

What is your favorite Dance Exploration class to teach and why?

My favorite Dance Exploration class to teach is Pom/Cheer. I like that the class if composed of multiple aspects such as cheers, chants, dance, stunting, and tumbling.

 

How do you create unique ‘Dance to Learn!’ activities to keep your students excited and interested in Dance class?

In order to create an effective ‘Dance to Learn!’ environment, I oftentimes incorporate props into a dance game. I ensure that all of the activities allow for cognitive growth, by allowing students opportunities to practice skills such as leadership, teamwork, and many others. I also understand as a dance educator that I must stay organized to eliminate wasted time between activities; shortening the transition time between activities has been very effective in keeping the students’ minds stimulated.

 

What is your favorite classroom management technique?

My favorite classroom management technique is appointing leaders, one or two at a time, to assist. These rotating leaders are given a number of responsibilities from demonstrating the activity to keeping their peers quite. For example, one method used in pom/cheer to keep students’ voices down is  to have the leader(s) wave her pom poms above his/her head when the volume gets too loud. The other students in the room are expected to copy until everyone is waving his or her pomp poms and the volume lowers.

 

Is there a teacher that inspires you? Who? And Why?

A teacher who inspires me is Miss Stephanie. Before I started teaching through Dance Exploration, I observed one of her classes. I was extremely impressed by how well she could multitask. Miss Stephanie was able to simultaneously teach choreography, give corrections, demonstrate, maintain the classroom, and control the music. Miss Stephanie makes instructing dance look easy, and students truly enjoy her classes.

 

Teacher of the Month: Miss Stephanie!

Dance Exploration takes pride in our teachers! We hand pick instructors that have great knowledge and skill in dance pedagogy and once we train them in our ‘Dance to Learn!’ curriculum, we have a win win! Miss Stephanie is the cream of the crop and is excited to be awarded the Teacher of the Month for the second time in a row for the month of March. Now is your chance to get to know Stephanie a little better as a Teacher!

How does it feel to be awarded Teacher of the month for the second time in a row?
“I’m very happy, it means a lot to me to be appreciated for the work I do!”
What is your favorite Dance Exploration class to teach and why?
“I enjoy teaching cheer/pom classes because it is fulfilling to see students grow and learn a new and interesting dance style.”
How do you create unique ‘Dance to Learn!’ activities to keep your students excited and interested in Dance class? 
“To keep students excited I enjoy coming up with new activities that are fun and educational for the class. To do this I keep myself informed about new and excited things happening in our dance community.”
Is there a teacher that inspires you? Who? And Why? 
“My first dance teacher, Miss Beth, just opened her own dance studio in Washington state recently, she inspires me to follow my dreams in dance and to work hard to make them come true.”
Miss Stephanie teaches warm ups a the Belle's and Beau's at Rampart Location.

Miss Stephanie teaches warm ups a the Belle’s and Beau’s at Rampart Location.

Miss Stephanie has recently been promoted to Dance Exploration’s Administrative Assistant!

What Do Dance Exploration Teachers Do To Relax?

We love teaching your children– they are imaginative, creative, and just plain delightful. They make our days multiple times a week with their enthusiasm, talent, and funny things that they say!

But occasionally, we need to relax a bit after a long day of teaching! Dance Exploration teachers recently had a team-building experience while learning about how to take care of our skin. We went to a small, holistic spa downtown Denver to bond as teammates. We got facials and tried out different types of masks! Here are some of our shining faces before our masks:

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It was a very soothing and relaxing experience, beginning with gently steaming our pores open (with our faces over the above pictured bowls full of steaming chamomile water) and cleansing with beautifully scented cleansers. Then the really fun part arrived…

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Did you know chocolate is not only good for the heart, but the skin? Neither did we! We used a chocolate mask on our faces and hands, and it made our skin feel amazing after washing it off!

We left refreshed, relaxed and ready to teach some more adorable little dancers.

Miss Melody Gets Awarded Teacher of the Month– For the 2nd Time in a Row! Congrats!

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It takes a special kind of individual to inspire little ones. Miss Melody is one of these people. Not only does she consistently demonstrate responsibility and faithfulness in her job as a role model, but she also brings the best out of her students by being encouraging and inspiring. Your kids love her classes, and it shows. Check out her short interview below, and see the photo evidence of the joy she brings out in her students in one of her Pom classes!

We Asked: How does it feel to be awarded Teacher of the Month for the second time in a row?

Miss Melody: We have great teachers at Dance Exploration, so I feel very honored!

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We asked: What is your favorite Dance Exploration class to teach and why?

Miss Melody: I enjoy teaching the Pom class, because you can incorporate so many aspects into the class– dance, tumbling, patterns, and teamwork. Also, it is great for the kids to be able to personalize their cheers with their own school colors or mascot!

We Asked: How do you create unique ‘Dance to Learn!’ activities to keep your students excited and interested in dance class?

Miss Melody: I rely on natural instinct. For me, it is easy to think of activities once I get a feel for the students in the class. Some classes, I can have them do something really cheesy and they have a blast. In other classes, I think, “There is NO WAY they would enjoy the same activity!” So I adapt.

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We Asked: Is there a teacher that inspires you– who and why?

Miss Melody: Throughout my dance career, I have had so many teachers, but I think my best inspiration comes from my mom. When she taught, she always made the class fun for her students and yet they learned what was expected of them. I try to model this same concept in my teaching!

Thanks Miss Melody for being such a great teacher.