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Starting a Brand New Children’s Dance Class

Starting a Brand New Children's Dance Class

Here is some great advice from Miss Vicci, our creative director about starting a brand new dance class for children.

When it comes to your Lil ones taking part in a new class ..be it dance, football, swimming, etc we want the best for our kids and most importantly we want them to enjoy what they do!

What was the right path for me?

I was one of those kids who tried it all from dance, horse riding, Jujitsu, girls brigade, piano, even chess club haha! I know I had both my parents running me around here there and everywhere trying new classes. I actually don’t remember how I decided to stop going to them… I can only assume I no longer had an interest. However, dance was the only one that stuck with me alongside horse riding which is will always be close to my heart!

 

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Education Through Movement

Children really do respond better to routine

If you can find a class which offers trial’s this is great as it gives your child a chance to get used to the routine and structure of the classes, meeting their new teacher & new friends.

Being Shy

Your child might be bouncing around like a rockstar at home jamming to songs without a care in the world. Then when it comes to attending their first class they can become super shy and get upset. For a lot of teachers (especially when working with toddlers), this is completely normal and also very understandable! It’s such a big deal to try something new and it can be overwhelming to some Lil ones. I’ve seen this so many times throughout my many years of teaching. However, it’s something I always explain to the adults who bring them.

Bear with them

We all have our own Lil ways of adjusting to new things. Some of us dive in straight away, some sit back and observe whilst others may get a little bit upset and scared. Your Teacher will have their own magical Lil way to help them feel welcome and take things at your Lil one’s pace.

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Teaching Culture Through Dance

Teaching Culture Through Dance

Teaching Culture Through Dance

Dance is a universal language that we can all speak and it is influenced by various cultures. Taking a class can break the barrier that stands between your perceptions of a culture and the culture itself.

Much of a culture’s history and its traditions are displayed through the art of dance. The way people move and the beat of the music is meant to tell the world a story.

At Lil Beatz, we aim to educate children in our classes. This month’s blog focuses on teaching culture through dance. To book a class for your little one, find a class.

The Art of Dance

During these unprecedented times, the world we live in seems strange. We all feel a little disconnected from one another. Dance classes have been conducted from living rooms, masks have covered our faces and physical contact has temporarily ceased.

For now, the idea of travelling and immersing ourselves in a different culture seems highly unreasonable and unlikely. However, we have a unique ability. We can transport ourselves to a different time and place through dance.

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Education Through Movement

In our classes, we explore more than just the style of dance unique to a country. We learn about the language, environment, values and benefits of the culture. Through the universal art form of dancing, we uncover the dynamics and complexity of a culture.

We take away the judgements we make based on what we perceive. 

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Dance is a way for children to get to know themselves and feel a connection with the rest of the world. At Lil Beatz, it is that tapestry of diversity we choose to value. We guide our students to seek and explore similarities and differences among themselves.

Research has shown that teaching children about other cultures leads to greater self-esteem. Dancing benefits a child in many areas of development, including physically and cognitively. 

Movement is one of the first means of expression. From infancy, each new movement provides children with more information about their bodies’ capabilities. Dance also provides a unique opportunity to delve into another culture. This increases their personal knowledge whilst helping to boost their confidence.

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New Year, New Start

Our Lil Journey 2020

It started off with a BANG!! Lil Beatz first debut went down a storm … we created the buzz we wanted, filled everyone with excitement and I really couldn’t of been prouder of what we had achieved so far!

Then it hit … something no one was ready for… it felt like something out of a film and we were all the stars of our own movie. My first panic was that of the virus as I guess everyone’s was. I remember me and my partner taking the kids to park and sensing a strange atmosphere .. from the people around us to the feeling in the air! The day just felt like our last little bit of freedom … and it was the next day we were in lockdown!

Going Live

Knowing that we were going to be taking our classes online was both exciting and daunting! We moved the kitchen around and created the perfect Lil studio for me to host my classes. My partner Adam set up the tripod and phone ..and that was it we were ready to rock! I remember when the red light came on showing we were live .. my whole body tensed up! Its funny looking back and watching my first video . I was soooo not Miss Vicci , I was trying too hard to be professional and keep calm ( It didn’t help my mum calling wishing me luck but also adding don’t speak too fast Vic ) which I do naturally .. that and jump topics quite quickly! Anyway the first live video went well .. I had great feedback and we started to reach people who had never been to a Lil Beatz class before all around the UK. We were making a Lil difference and putting smiles on peoples faces and keeping them active.

As time went on the real Miss Vicci came out onto the screen …the fun, crazy and clumsy ! I had settled into my temporary role of teaching online. I started by hosting classes 2 times a day .. 6 days a week as well as my normal classes which I did online too. I wanted to give as much as I could. The energy you have to give online is something so different to what you deliver in an actual class. It was so draining mentally & physically. As a dance teacher we get our energy from seeing the kids .. but to be taking a class and just seeing yourself talking back was just not the same. I made the decision to not do as many classes live as I found it was too much for me. I didn’t realise that the lockdown was starting to effect me so I chose to listen to my heart and do what’s right for me at the time.

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The great outdoors

One thing I take out of this pandemic is a new love for the great outdoors. We were all blessed with great weather .. everything just seemed much more beautiful. I loved going for walks ( which if anyone knows me .. that’s not like me! ) we got our bikes out and old school skates (70s disco blaring) it was great. . It was also nice to spend more time with our families and having that time to slow down on the rat race of life that we can all get caught up in. It was back to basics and at first it felt good!

We had lockdown birthdays, Games days , picnics, themed meals , cinema nights it was endless how creative we went to make our lockdown as fun as we could. Don’t get me wrong though there was plenty of nights when you have no idea what to do or you just want to catch up on the latest boxset and just do absolutely nothing. I learnt to not feel guilty for doing nothing .. this lockdown was letting us have that time to react the way our bodies wanted too. I stopped watching the news as much as I felt that it was not something good to fixate on every morning. Instead I had morning chats with one of my best mates . We even did exercise together online . We helped each other through the ups and downs and I am forever grateful to have friends like that surrounding me.

 

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The future is bright

As soon as Lock down was lifted it was such an amazing feeling to be back into class! The first class I did I remember just putting on music and me and the kids just danced our socks off .. we were all just so excited to be back together! Classes were booming … we had waiting lists new franchises opening, new projects to focus on … the Lil Beatz ball was once again rolling!

Then Boom! Lockdown 2 ! Now I don’t know about you but this lockdown has been the worse.. I felt it a Lil harder to keep optimistic. I did however change the way our online classes worked and I understood the pressure parents were now going through once again. The plan was to just get through it.. get our team through it, to stay positive and most importantly not to put too much pressure on ourselves.

I went back to doing my classes online like so many other teachers … but the vibe for some reason was better.. because the kids had been there before they knew what to expect and I loved to click onto my zoom class and see all our Lil ones in uniform ready to dance. They really did give me energy this time and it was a buzz to see them learning and practicing their moves. I was blown away when we did our dancing in PJs with our families online. I saw grandparents , siblings the whole family taking part! We had over 50 families joining in and it was such a wonderful thing to experience and I will never forget!

So Christmas is over

And we start the new chapter of a new year! I don’t know how many times I have said “What a year?” But we have done it… we have been tested and we have come out the other side and in my eyes stronger! I know a hell of a lot of damage has been done ..I for one have felt it and so has our other franchises & teachers ..all we can do is ride this wave and not put too much pressure on ourselves. We have to count our blessings and going through this crazy time its made me appreciate all the Lil things. So stay strong people..and hang in there!… Keep dancing and keep smiling! I will see you all in the new year and whatever 2021 has for us .. we will all face it head on together.

Love Miss Vicci x x x

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To Teach Or Not To Teach?

An Aries with no fire

Turning 30 was hard, not because of the ageing process! But because I was at a crossroad! I was running my own dance school with my best mate, teaching dance for the council, teaching for other dance schools and then I had been offered a job at a nursery! I was running around everywhere! Money was pretty much going down the drain pipe and I was feeling probably at the lowest point!

When the job got offered to me to be a nursery nurse, have all my training paid for me and to then go on to have a secure job you’d think I’d be jumping for joy! ( one thing us dance teachers don’t have is security ) and this was probably the perfect opportunity for me to get what some people call “a real job”

I lost myself completely … what do I do ? Do I take on this job or continue trying to run a business that I feel is draining me? Do I even what to teach ? The questions and the self doubt was endless!

From someone who is normally full of energy, gives energy to others .. an Aries who leads and inspires, runs into life head first without even thinking of the consequences! My fire had completely and utterly gone! It was horrible and a point in my life I would never forget!

Physic Reading

The world seemed like a grey colour wherever I went! However thankfully the optimist inside me finally awoke again …I then decided to book into see a physic. As soon as I walked through the door, her first words was “ Hi ! Wow your draining me already! Where’s your fire?!” I was gobsmacked! I burst into tears! ( It takes a lot for me to cry ) But I knew she was right .. I was everything that I didn’t want to be! After I wiped away my mascara I then went onto have what I can say was an amazing conversation .. we didn’t even start the cards reading straight away .. we just spoke ( I know what your probably thinking … don’t give too much away etc) But I really wasn’t bothered I just wanted .. some kind of release!

Now I probably didn’t need a physic to tell me this but what she did say hit me like a tonne of bricks “The only way to do great work, is to Love what you do!”

Did I love Teaching ? YES I did! Did I really want to go and do 2 years training to become a nursery nurse to work 8am -6pm, Monday to Friday! ( no disrespect to the nursery nurses at all ) It just wasn’t for me … I had lost myself and now I felt like I knew what I wanted to do … it was clear as day and the self doubt had gone … for now!

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Born to teach dance

So why write about this you say ? Because I’ve been there and I hit the crossroads that could have taken on a complete and different path! When I teach I feel like I’m doing what I was put on this earth to do .. I Love seeing my students develop and grow in confidence!

At a time now when the younger generation need it more than ever! ( I’m gonna sound old now! ) But times are changing, as much as technology is changing so fast, socially we can become more distant. It’s actually scary ! I’ve seen it myself .. children are getting anxious, suffering with depression and obesity levels are rising. The world for children is changing and that is why more than ever .. being a teacher is the super power to lead them in right direction!

A quote from my favourite film Sister act “If you wake up in the morning and you can’t think of anything but singing first, then you’re supposed to be a singer girl.” Same with dancing ! If you can’t help but move when that beat kicks in on the radio.. or your mind can’t stop creating to that piece of music you heard… you were born to dance! So when you hit them crossroads in your life and you feel that fire in your belly grow.. follow the fire!!

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Benefits of Owning a Franchise vs. Independent Dance School

Street Dancer

While dance schools represent a gleaming and sometimes revolutionary hope in the eyes of those who go there, it is so much more than that. When dancers run a dance school, they breathe their unique, talented, and magical soul into the place.

This gives the school an edge over competitors. You will obviously run a dance school business for profit.

So, how can you make your dance school business more profitable? 

In this article, we explain how you can maintain your love for dancing and run a profitable business that you can imagine through franchising.

Benefits of Owning a Franchising

Unmatched Uniqueness and Name Recognition

A franchise like Lil Beatz is not only well-known; they are an award-winning street dance franchise. They are a family of talented professionals with a proven program that will not let you fail. When you add individual attributes and zeal that you bring to the table through years of hard work and experience of the Lil Beatz team, you get a uniqueness, unlike any other. A combination like this appeals to all customers, helping them develop superior social skills.

Full Training, Support & Superior Dance Instructions

Not only can you expect to earn a good income, but you will also save a lot since Lil Beatz provides intense training on all platforms, and provides a syllabus, classes, and other on-going support. The training methods will result in higher and faster levels of achievement regardless of any student’s comprehension or physical attributes.

Unique Music and Syllabus

The syllabus, as well as the music provided, will be specially designed and curated, and will be available to you via amazing apps and online platforms. 

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Innovative Software

Very few franchises offer access to innovative software apps and platforms that are custom-built to bring a revolution to your business. The Lil Beatz Software not only makes running your franchise easy, but it also takes on the hassle of managing the business for you.

Marketing Support and Expertise

Another remarkable benefit of owning a franchise is; taking advantage of an already defined marketing program. Lil Beatz’s team of experts provides on-going marketing support with social media marketing, SEO, and digital marketing. They set up and manage all your social media for you. They also set-up your own page on their website and link it to your app.

Amazing Merchandise

Specially designed merchandise and clothing add value to dance products because of their exclusivity. Plus, parents love them.

Bottom line:

Dance school franchises like Lil Beatz offer good earning potential. With hard work, you can get your initial investment back within 12 months and start making a good profit. The support that these guys offer is remarkable, which is expected with dedicated, experienced, and qualified directors running the show. So when it comes down to it, you can run a much more profitable and smooth business with a franchise, especially because of the immense business growth opportunities. 

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How Dancing Can Support Mental Health

Mental Health Dancing

Whether you are just beginning dancing classes or you have spent many years teaching and learning dance, it can always support your mental health. Whilst many people will look towards dance as a way to get fit and improve your body and strength, dance should always be considered if you need support with mental health.

Lil Beatz offer dance classes for young children aged from 2-6. We aim to improve all children’s dancing skills, whilst supporting them with any physical or mental challenges they face. With mental health awareness week taking place between 13th-19th May, it is important for everyone to talk about mental health.
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Body Positivity

No matter what age you are, it is too easy to be unhappy with your body and receive negative comments. Dancing is one of the best exercises which can inspire body positivity whilst improving your fitness and appearance. Even from a young age, this can be pivotal in improving mental health. Furthermore, this should give yourself a good impression of your own body and how you feel.

Body image is not seen as too important for young children. However, problems such as obesity can continue in later life if it develops from a young age. To give your children the best possible upbringing, exercise is essential. This should help with their body image when they get into teen years and you must try to keep them fit and in shape from a young age.

There are a range of dance styles, from hip hop and street dance all the way to Zumba. Lil Beatz want to give young children a fantastic opportunity to enjoy street dance, however, any age group can massively benefit from dance classes. If you are not happy with your current appearance, dancing is one of the best ways to get yourself fit.

Improving Mood & Lowering Stress

Away from your body image, street dance can also help with many other aspects of mental health. Stress is one of the biggest issues and again, whilst this isn’t a massive problem for young children, dance classes can help lower stress and give many kids a hobby they love to take part in. If you think your child seems down or is not enjoying their time at school, our dance classes offer the perfect solution.

Just one of our classes can always help lift the mood among toddlers and young children, with upbeat and energetic classes to keep everyone active. There has always been a positive correlation between mental health and dance, with a 2007 study finding that hip hop dance can lower stress the same way aerobic exercise would. This makes it a fantastic option for anyone struggling to cope with the stress of day to day life.

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Creating Friendships

Creating friendships can go a long way to help young children with any mental health issues they could encounter in early life. Friendships are a massive part of your childhood and loneliness can really give children a problem, as well as creating social anxiety which could cause problems later on in life.

By creating friendships from a young age, this should tackle any anxiety issues and help build the confidence of all individuals. Dance classes are a fantastic way to do this, with all children having a shared interest in dance and enjoying the hobby together. This makes it much easier for children to make friends as everyone is interacting with each other through our dancing activities and routines.

Preventing Depression

Most importantly, our dance classes are really fun and should be enjoyable for all children. This can help combat any fears of depression as we try to keep all children entertained, allowing them to have a fantastic time at all our street dance classes.

Preventing depression is important and by keeping fit and making friendships at dance classes, this is always made much easier. Additionally, with fun activities and routines, every class is exciting for our Lil dancers, who should have a great time.

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If you are interested in signing up for our street dance classes, get in touch with Lil Beatz today. We can talk you through all the classes we have available and book you in for your first class! Call us today on 0333 335 5034 or fill in our contact form to make an enquiry. Alternatively, you can visit our Facebook pages for a fast response. We offer our dance classes across Wythenshawe, Southport and Blackpool.

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