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Six Tried and True Preschool Recital Dances ›

Posted November 22, 2017 in Recitals, Tips and Tricks

By Tiffany Henderson with Amanda Scott of Twinkle Star Dance

Let’s be frank, this time of year is hectic! Add that you’re a dance studio owner into the mix and the rush of the holidays also includes receiving and exchanging holiday show costumes, selling holiday show tickets, ordering holiday show concessions, printing holiday show programs, ordering holiday show t-shirts, organizing a holiday staff party, managing teachers and admin time off, managing subs.. the list is endless.

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In the midst of all the holiday chaos, studio owners are also hoping to get a jump on organizing our recitals for the spring. Trust me, I feel your pain! Choreography and costumes are not something that we should slack on planning and executing. In fact, recital is one of the most important studio events we manage in a season. We already talked about how successful recital performance means increased student retention for the following dance season here.

However, creating successful recitals doesn’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel every year. In my nearly 20 years of owning dance studios, I have found expert ways to save time and still produce great shows:

1. The first is separating my preschool dancers ages 2-6 into their own 30 minute showcase and using thesame tried and true dances (link to TSD Now page).  We call them “Twinkle Star Dance Shine Showcases” and my 3,000+ dancers and their families love them!

2. The second is choosing adorable costumes that coordinate with the choreography while still being at an affordable price point.  This year, I teamed up with Revolution to highlight six recital dances (and matching costumes) I use for my 2-6 year olds with lots of success onstage.

 

Here are Six Tried and True Preschool Recital Dances:

Click on the links below to see the sample recital choreography and matching costumes

  1. Little Tap Shoes ages 2-3
  2. Baby Bumble Bee ages 2-3
  3. Baby Take a Bow ages 3-4
  4. Sound of Music ages 3-4
  5. Over the Rainbow ages 4-5
  6. New York, New York ages 4-5

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Looking for more inspiration? Check out the entire Twinkle Star Dance Now recital choreography and costume pairings here.

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Introducing Twinkle Star Dance Now – Choreography Solutions. On Demand.

With Twinkle Star Dance Now you eliminate the need to choreograph for your preschool classes and can reallocate that time to other things like studio management. The entire selection of Twinkle Star Dance Now routines are age appropriate and developed according to childhood development principles. We’ve even teamed up with REV UP Brands and carefully curated costume pairings with Revolution’s Debut Dancer collection. You also receive edited, performance-ready music.

How does it work?Your stress-free recital is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Purchase stageworthy choreography, music edits, and coordinating costume from TSD NOW and Revolution Dancewear.

2. Get access to your new TSD account to within 48 hours to unlock your age appropriate and proven recital choreography. No rush! You’ll have access for 12 months.

3. Share with instructors and watch your littlest dancers shine! Learning the dance is easy with our revolutionary video learning system.

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About Tiffany Henderson

Tiffany is the successful owner of seven Tiffany’s Dance Academy locations with over 2500 students and enrollment of over 4000. She produces four Nutcracker’s each December, a professional dance performance each year and her 300 performing company dancers participate in 4 convention competitions each season. Oh yeah, she also still teaches 15 hours a week and produces 25 annual recitals during the first two weeks of June. Tiffany is a regular guest speaker at Dance Teacher Summit, DanceLife Conference, Danceteacherweb Conference and contributor to Dance Teacher magazine, DanceStudioOwner.com and Dance Informa Magazine.

She was born in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1973 and has had a rich and exciting career as a professional Jazz Dancer. In 1992 she was awarded a one-year scholarship to the renowned Tremaine Dance Center in Hollywood. At the completion of her scholarship she performed as the Tremaine Scholarship Show Featured Dancer. She continued her professional studies at the prestigious School of Dance at the University of Arizona, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Dance in 1997. Tiffany’s career highlights include: performances with Quinn/Williams Jazz at the 1995 Jazz Dance World Congress in Nagoya, Japan; the 1996 Jazz World Congress at Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the opening of the International Theatre School in Amsterdam, Holland in 1997 and at Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona. She was also a member of Zohar Dance Company, has performed in many industrial shows, including the Microsoft Global Summit and American Greeting Cards, and was a soloist with La JAZDANZ of Louisiana, a company she was instrumental in bringing to the Amador Theatre in Pleasanton. Tiffany is now extremely excited to share her Twinkle Star Dance™ curriculum with studio owners worldwide.

About Twinkle Star Dance

Founded by Tiffany Henderson, owner of seven Tiffany’s Dance Academy locations in California, Twinkle Star Dance is a complete toolkit for studio owners that enables them to “plug” a recreational dance program into their existing studio without increasing their workload. Our mission is to help dance studio owners re-focus their efforts on the backbone of their studio….. the recreation 2-6 year old dancers and the tricky 6-12 year old beginners.

Learn more: www.twinklestardance.com

 

Why I Took Control of Preschool Dance Choreography ›

Posted November 16, 2017 in Recitals

By Guest Bloggers: Tiffany Henderson and Amanda Scott of Twinkle Star Dance

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In my nearly 20 years owning dance studios I’ve made my fair share of mistakes. When we expanded into our second location, for example, I was sitting in the back of the theater during dress rehearsal and watched a group dancers onstage on all fours in a pink pig costume horrified. The following year one of my teachers performed onstage with her Twinkle Babies ages 2-3 in her jeans and flip flops.

My feelings of panic solidified the fact that I needed more control over my preschool dance program and the choreography that my studio was presenting onstage. Let’s be honest, when things go wrong at your studio the responsibility always comes back to us, the studio owner. Also, a bad class performance almost inevitably results in losing customers.

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Say it with me.. Preschool Dance Choreography is a learned skill. We cannot assume that because a teacher danced professionally or attended a prestigious college dance program that they understand choreography for preschool dancers…they do not!  Experience is the ONLY teacher for this. We are held accountable for how dancers look on stage (not teachers) and a successful recital means increased student retention the following season.

I created Twinkle Star Dance recital choreography so that my teachers could focus on teaching the movements and not coming up with the content. They receive the complete choreographed dance and edited music upfront so they can teach with the end in mind. No more experimenting on my students!

Introducing Twinkle Star Dance Now – Choreography Solutions. On Demand.

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With Twinkle Star Dance Now you eliminate the need to choreograph for your preschool classes and can reallocate that time to other things like studio management. The entire selection of Twinkle Star Dance Now routines are age appropriate and developed according to childhood development principles. We’ve even teamed up with REV UP Brands and carefully curated costume pairings with Revolution’s Debut Dancer collection. You also receive edited, performance-ready music.

How does it work? Your stress-free recital is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Purchase stageworthy choreography, music edits, and coordinating costume from TSD NOW and Revolution Dancewear.

2. Get access to your new TSD account to within 48 hours to unlock your age appropriate and proven recital choreography. No rush! You’ll have access for 12 months.

3. Share with instructors and watch your littlest dancers shine! Learning the dance is easy with our revolutionary video learning system.

Get started here! http://tsdnow.pagedemo.co

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About Tiffany Henderson

Tiffany is the successful owner of seven Tiffany’s Dance Academy locations with over 2500 students and enrollment of over 4000. She produces four Nutcracker’s each December, a professional dance performance each year and her 300 performing company dancers participate in 4 convention competitions each season. Oh yeah, she also still teaches 15 hours a week and produces 25 annual recitals during the first two weeks of June. Tiffany is a regular guest speaker at Dance Teacher Summit, DanceLife Conference, Danceteacherweb Conference and contributor to Dance Teacher magazine, DanceStudioOwner.com and Dance Informa Magazine.

She was born in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1973 and has had a rich and exciting career as a professional Jazz Dancer. In 1992 she was awarded a one-year scholarship to the renowned Tremaine Dance Center in Hollywood. At the completion of her scholarship she performed as the Tremaine Scholarship Show Featured Dancer. She continued her professional studies at the prestigious School of Dance at the University of Arizona, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Dance in 1997. Tiffany’s career highlights include: performances with Quinn/Williams Jazz at the 1995 Jazz Dance World Congress in Nagoya, Japan; the 1996 Jazz World Congress at Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the opening of the International Theatre School in Amsterdam, Holland in 1997 and at Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona. She was also a member of Zohar Dance Company, has performed in many industrial shows, including the Microsoft Global Summit and American Greeting Cards, and was a soloist with La JAZDANZ of Louisiana, a company she was instrumental in bringing to the Amador Theatre in Pleasanton. Tiffany is now extremely excited to share her Twinkle Star Dance™ curriculum with studio owners worldwide.

 

About Twinkle Star Dance

Founded by Tiffany Henderson, owner of seven Tiffany’s Dance Academy locations in California, Twinkle Star Dance is a complete toolkit for studio owners that enables them to “plug” a recreational dance program into their existing studio without increasing their workload. Our mission is to help dance studio owners re-focus their efforts on the backbone of their studio….. the recreation 2-6 year old dancers and the tricky 6-12 year old beginners.

Learn more: www.twinklestardance.com

 

Dream Themes ›

Posted November 2, 2015 in Recitals

Having a great recital theme doesn’t have to be merely a dream! Revolution has everything you need to outfit your next recital and take your audience’s breath away.

What’s your recital theme this year? Let us know in the comments!

 

UDMA is right around the corner! ›

Posted September 29, 2015 in News & Updates

Come see us at the UDMA shows and shop our 2016 Dancewear and Costume Collections!

Atlanta | October 3-4
New Jersey | October 10-11
Chicago | October 17-18

 

Check out our Dream Theme displays in our booth.

We’re excited about the Dream Themes we’ve put together to inspire you this year. From Around The World to Outer Space we have all the costumes you need to dress your studio’s recital theme.
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We are pleased to partner with Grosh Backdrops & Drapery for our Dream Theme displays at UDMA

Grosh provides beautiful scenes that make your costumes and recitals look their best. We are excited to be featuring three of their scenes for our Dream Themes in our booth at UDMA!
Grosh Backdrops & Drapery provides the highest quality themed and scenic backdrops, available for rent and purchase, all hand painted in their Los Angeles, CA studio. They have over 5,000 styles to choose from!
Learn more about Grosh at https://www.grosh.com/
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More exciting reasons to visit us at UDMA:

  • It’s free to attend!
  • Our entire Costume Collection will be on display (Including over 100 brand new costume styles!)
  • We will have fit models on hand to try on costumes at your request
  • Get ideas from our Fun and interactive Dream Theme displays
  • Talk to our friendly customer relationship representatives about any questions you have
  • Make great choices for your dancers, up close look and feel of costumes make a difference!
  • Register for UDMA here http://www.udma.org/attend/register/

 

We want to know! What is YOUR dream theme this year? Let us know what your recital theme is in the comments. We are so excited to help your dream theme come true!

 

Design Your Dream 2015 Top Three Finalists ›

Posted July 30, 2015 in News & Updates

Congratulations to this year’s Design Your Dream top three! They’ll be visiting us in October to see their costumes come to life.

Elizabeth M., Tip Toz (CG) // Council Grove, KS

Nicole G., Essence of Motion Dance Studio // Coudersport, PA

Jacquelyn L., Raise The Barre Dance Studio // Convoy, OH

 

NOW CLOSED: Design Your Dream 2015: Now accepting entries! ›

Posted May 27, 2015 in Dance Inspiration, News & Updates

Aspiring designers and dance enthusiasts alike, here’s your chance to create a fabulous costume creation and to see it brought to life on stage!

Three lucky finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to beautiful Chicago. Each winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations and more. Best of all, they’ll spend an entire day collaborating with our costume designers, bringing their winning sketches to life in garment form. One lucky grand prize winner will see their costume brought to production and featured in our 2017 collection!

So dream big! Create a fabulous design and submit a sketch to Revolution Dancewear. Who knows? You could find your creation in our next costume collection!

Somebody’s going to win… Why not you?

 

Win a trip to the Windy City! Three Finalists will win an all-expense paid trip to beautiful Chicago to visit Revolution’s headquarters.

Last year’s Design Your Dream finalists saw their designs brought to life at our headquarters in Chicago.

 

Before you break out the sketchbook, there’s a few things you should know.

The contest is open to dance studios and their affiliates. Studio owners, teachers, employees, students (age 13 and over), and parents of students – everybody’s dreams are welcome! Just email or mail your sketch to Revolution Dancewear along with a completed application form by June 26, 2015.

• Revolution Dancewear will choose the ten best designs to go on to the Semifinals round. Designs will be chosen based on aesthetics, creativity and usability.

• Semifinalists’ entries will be uploaded to Facebook where users can vote for their favorite sketch. Voting will begin on July 15, 2015, at 8:00 am CST and end on July 24, 2015, at 12:00 pm CST. Voting is open to all Facebook fans of Revolution Dancewear over the age of 13. Eligible voters may vote only once per design during the voting period.

• The top three designs with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be named Finalists. Finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to beautiful Chicago. Each winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations and more. Best of all, they’ll spend an entire day collaborating with our costume designers, bringing their winning sketches to life in garment form. Visit dates are determined after the Semifinalists are announced.

• The Finalist finished garments will then be professionally photographed and voting for the Winner will open on Facebook on September 21, 2015. Fans will once again vote for their favorite design to determine the Winner. In addition, the three finished designs will appear in the Revolution Dancewear booth at the UDMA show with credit given to the designer/studio and directions on how to vote.

• The design with the most votes on October 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm CST will be declared the Winner. The winning design will be produced by Revolution and featured in our 2017 Costume Collection. The winning affiliated dance studio will receive up to 30 free costumes in the winning design (enough for one class) to use in their 2017 recital!

 

Eligibility:

• Designs must be submitted by individuals affiliated with a recognized dance studio. Affiliates include studio owners, employees, students over the age of 13, and their parents. Studios may submit multiple entries on behalf of multiple affiliates; however, only one entry per person.

• Design entries must be submitted in a one-dimensional format – computer rendering or hand sketching is acceptable. Entries may be submitted by mail or email.

• Possible Semifinalists will be notified by Revolution Dancewear by July 8, 2015. All possible Semifinalists will be required to complete and return a signed affidavit and release form within five (5) days. If the form is not completed and returned in the allotted amount of time, the applicant will be disqualified.

• Employees of Revolution Dancewear, associated agencies and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the Contest either as Entrants or Voters.

• All decisions by Revolution Dancewear are final. By submitting and voting, you agree to the 2015 Design Your Dream Official Rules.

Timeline:

  • Submissions (5 weeks): May 25 through June 26
  • Revolution Review (1 week): July 1 through July 8
  • Semifinalist Affidavit Return Period (5 days): July 8 through July 14
  • Semifinal Voting (1.5 weeks): July 15 through July 24
  • Design Development and Photography: July through August
  • Finalist trip to Chicago: late August, date to be determined
  • Final Vote (4 weeks): September 21 through October 19 (Note: The start date for final voting has changed. The new start date will be Monday, Sept. 28, 2015)

 

Things You’ll Need (Click to Download):

Design Your Dream Application

2015 Design Your Dream Official Rules

Dancer Template Child

Dancer Template Adult

 

Submit your entry by mail to:

Revolution Dancewear

Attn: Design Your Dream

6100 West Howard

Niles, IL 60714

All Entries must be postmarked by June 26, 2015.


 

Submit your entry by e-mail to:

Designyourdream@revolutiondance.com

E-mail entries must be received by June 26, 2015.