Raising a Healthy Dancer

In our dance classes at Tonawanda Dance Arts, we are committed to developing dancers who have healthy bodies and minds—and a healthy outlook on life! We want our dancers to feel confident about themselves and love their bodies. What can you do at home to support this objective and boost your child’s overall wellness? We encourage these principles as a guide to build healthy habits in your child: Think about food as fuel: Nutrition plays a huge role in developing healthy dancers! Help your child see food as fuel by referring to it that way, that food makes up the protein, fats, and carbohydrates they need to have the energy and mental clarity for dancing. Make hydration easy: Whether at ho

December 2019 | Newsletter

"Let Your Hopes Shape Your Future" Miss Mel's Message: It's the holiday season! 🎄 What a time to spread joy and cheer. We know you have a million things going on... and we just want you to know that we appreciate you and all that you do! Dance brings so much happiness to children and you truly are giving your child that gift every week. Make sure to stay up to date with all the exciting things happening at the studio this month! Our Performance Team is dancing at the Niagara Outlet Mall, our Food, Toy + Clothing Drive starts December 2nd, plus... PJ Week is near! Remember to enjoy every moment of this journey and never to embrace the magic of the season ✨ Upcoming Dates Mon, Dec 2nd – Sat,

Why Children Need Grit, and How Dance Makes a Difference

Gritty people have a growth mindset; they don’t give up. This paraphrased quote is from author Angela Duckworth, who popularized the word “grit” with her famous TED Talk about the power of passion and perseverance. She wasn’t talking specifically about dancers, but she could have been! Children need to develop resilience in order to learn from their experiences and grow into their full potential. This is why we value determination and tenacity so highly here at Tonawanda Dance Arts, because we know these are beneficial qualities to have in life, in or out of the dance classroom. But can you teach a child these qualities; to be more resilient, more gritty? We strongly believe the answer to

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