Ballet Classes at Tiffany’s Dance Academy
Ballet classes at Tiffany’s Dance Academy are structured to provide dancers with a solid base from which they can grow in an informed technical environment. With a focus on understanding how dance shapes and forms the body, as well as releases tension to allow dancers to move efficiently, dancers are prepared to approach the varying range of dance styles offered at Tiffany’s Dance Academy and beyond. The faculty draws from the Vagonova, Ceccetti, and French traditions as well as knowledge gained from years of study in the American dance world where these traditions are blended to produce dancers who are unaffected by a particular style. Ballet Classes at Tiffany’s Dance Academy offers several performance opportunities including the annual Nutcracker, Spring Recital, and Regional Dance Conventions and Competitions for those who join the Performing Company. Dancers trained in the program have been accepted to various summer and year-round programs including the San Francisco Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Arts Umbrella as well as collegiate dance programs including The University of Arizona, the University of California, Irvine, the University of California Santa Barbara, and Chapman University.
June at TDA
Take a deep breath, the recitals are over and they were a huge success. 2019 marked the smoothest and best TDA performances we’ve seen to date! After 19 years, our dancers continue to reach new heights and we are so inspired heading into our 20th anniversary season. The fun isn’t over just because the recitals are finished. Check out the events still happening at the studio this June at TDA!
What is Twinkle Star Dance?
Did you know that Tiffany’s Dance Academy is the home of Twinkle Star Dance? The dance curriculum used in Twinkle Babies, Twinkle Stars, and ShowStars classes is the product of over 20 years of teaching experience from the owner, Tiffany Henderson, and is based on leading child development psychology. From the warmup to the hula hoops, the music played, and everything in-between, Twinkle Star Dance is designed to give the most structure and fun possible to preschool dance classes.
Benefits of Taking Two Dance Classes Per WeekWith fall registration opening this week on April 25th, one of the most common questions we receive is, “How many dance classes should I enroll my dancer in?”. Kid’s schedules are more full than they have ever been, and it’s a natural first question! Should you do one day of dance, one day of soccer, music lessons, and coding? Is it better to be well-rounded or to become more skilled in fewer activities? How do you decide what activities to introduce your kid to and how frequently to do them? Dance is an activity and art form that takes time, dedication, and patience to master. The more time your child spends in class, the faster they will progress. The more you learn about how people learn, the more you realize that skill is not born but is a product of the environment. Daniel Coyle, an expert researcher in learning and skill development, said in his book The Talent Code, “Although talent feels and looks predestined, in fact, we have a good deal of control over what skills we develop, and we have more potential than we might ever presume to guess.” To sum up an incredibly insightful book (which you should definitely read), skill is gained by consistently pushing the limits of your ability, failing, and trying again. And again. The more you do this, the more skill you build. If you are only taking one dance class, once a week, there is a limit on how fast your dancer will gain skill. Taking two dance classes per week will increase skill-building opportunities immensely! The repetition has a compounding effect and you’ll see improvement grow at a faster rate than you thought possible. Beyond becoming a much more skilled dancer, there are other benefits to choosing dance as your main extracurricular activity and taking multiple dance classes each week. Dance teaches you lifelong lessons in teamwork, hard work, responsibility, and accountability. Unlike many other sports or activities, there are no substitutes in dance. You can’t call the bench and you don’t get a sub. Your performing team counts on you being engaged, present, and ready to perform. The long, seemingly endless, hours of rehearsal, teach social skills better than nearly any other sport or art form. Ask any of the dance teachers here and they will confirm that their dance friends are friends they have for life. The process of learning new choreography and technique, and doing so as a shared experience, makes you into a person who is equally confident in being a member of a team and a leader. Cost Benefits The cost of taking two dance classes per week (or more) is your most effective way to save money at TDA! The rate per class drops nearly 50% for adding a second class and continues to decrease for each additional class. If you are looking to maximize your dance ROI, sign-up this week for more than one class! Preview the fall class schedule and pick out your favorite dance classes! Registration open Thursday, April 25th at 10 AM.
TDA Presents 12th Annual Nutcracker
Livermore, CA – Tiffany’s Dance Academy and ConDanza are proud to announce their 12th annual presentation of the Nutcracker. Over 400 dancers from Tiffany’s Dance Academy between the ages of 5-18 from their studios in Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Danville, Fremont and South San Francisco will participate in the performances. They are supported by the professional dancers from ConDanza in the lead roles. The shows, Directed by ConDanza founder César Degollado, take place on Friday, December 14th at 7:00 pm and on Saturday, December 15th at 12 and 3:30pm at the Chabot College Performing Arts Theatre in Hayward, CA .
Tiffany’s Dance Academy to Host 11th Annual Nutcracker with 400 Dancers
Tiffany’s Dance Academy and ConDanza will host their 11th annual Nutcracker on December 15th and 16th. A stunning 400 dancers will participate during the three shows at the Chabot College Performing Arts Theatre in Hayward, CA. The performers from Tiffany’s Dance Academy are aged 5-18 and they will be supported by professional dancers from ConDanza in the lead roles. The shows take place on Friday, December 15th at 7:00 pm and on December 16th at 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm and will be directed by César Degollado.
Daddy Daughter Dads #1 – Milton Torres“These are experiences you will have for the rest of your life. And life really is just about experiences.” – Milton Torres
Check out the first in a video series featuring our wonderful dads. Milton Torres has been doing the Daddy-Daughter Dance for 10 years! Here why he loves it and why he thinks you should do it too. Sign-up by talking to your studio manager, calling (925) 447-5299, or by clicking here (be sure to select daddy daughter and move the calendar to January).