Why Performing is Beneficial to your child!

As you’ve probably noticed, the team at Studio 56 Dance Center has already begun talking about recital! Even though it’s only January, our recital planning is well underway.  It’s this time of year, with the buzz of recital just beginning, that parents sometimes ask us, “Why should my child participate?  What’s beneficial about it?”

This is an excellent question—and a significant one!  The recital is an investment in your child’s dance education, and it’s a pretty important commitment. At its core, dance is a performing art, which is part of the reason why we want every child to experience the thrill of being onstage.

We believe there are three core reasons at the heart of why performing is so valuable, even for our youngest dancers:


Throughout the dance season, your child is making awesome progressin class.  And when we say “awesome progress” we don’t necessarily mean the obvious, like learning fancy ballet steps (although that is pretty awesome too!).  What we mean is that your super-shy child bursts with confidence, or your child who said “I can’t” now says “I can,” or your teen who hid her smile now shines with every practice.  Seeing this kind of progress in class is great, but having it showcased on stage is priceless!  Performing allows your child to demonstrate their progress—both with the steps AND with their self-esteem.


The recital is an excellent time to see what’s possible if your child sticks with dance for the long-term.  From the audience, you’re able to see the potential dance holds as you watch the variety of styles and age groups.  Your child, too, will be inspiredby seeing the different dance routines, and might think to themselves, “I bet I can do that too!”  Dance offers the promise of so much growthif a young child perseveresand works hard; the recital performance brings this potentialinto the spotlight!


Performing holds an excitementlike some children have never experienced before.  Nerves can transform in an instant as the dancers light up with joywhen stepping foot onstage; they are swept away by the magicof entertaining the crowd.  The sense of accomplishmentthey feel has them hooked!  It’s this growing passion—not perfect technique or memory—that makes performing so special.

Progress, potential, passion … these are the foundation of what performance is all about!  At Studio 56 Dance Center, we love pretty much any opportunity to chat about these benefits, so if you have any questions about having your child perform in our recital, don’t hesitate to ask! Be on the lookout for our recital information to be sent home after class and by email! All families need to submit their consent forms in order to participate!

Welcome to The Dance Bag!

Welcome to The Dance Bag….This blog is for all of our AMAZING families at Studio 56!!!  We started this blog to share ideas, thoughts, inspirations and gratitude with our dance families.  It is designed to help our parents SHINE BRIGHT on their journey as a DANCE parent!

You might ask, why did they name it The Dance Bag!!  Well as our dancers grow in our program we tell them to take their experiences from classes, workshops, performances and their peers and add it to their big “dance bag” of knowledge.  When the time is right you dip in and pull out a technique, a tip, a positive thought, whatever it might be and use it amongst your day.  Whether that be at dance class or in their day to day life.

As dance parents, you get to have your own “dance bag”. In that bag might actually be physical things like bobby pins, hair elastic, eyelash glue and an emergency pair of tights…but we are actually talking about your other “dance bag”.  The one that you have all your go to dance mom (or dad) knowledge in.  The bag that you go to when your dancer is headed to his/her first performance on the big stage and you need to help calm their nerves.  Where you look to find answers about supporting them in their passion and helping them reach their goals. The bag you dig into when they are feeling a bit burnt out and you are encouraging them to keep chasing their dreams.

Our blog will be filled with valuable tips, relatable stories, encouraging words and many thanks for supporting not only your dancer, but our community of dedicated dancers and their families!

We are here for you!  We have been there! We are ready to guide you and share our experiences.  We love what we do and we look forward to sharing with you!

So stay tuned!  There is more to come!

Miss Amy