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Registration is OPEN for Summer Dance & Theatre Camp!

We are offering six ballet and theatre camps this summer.  Click here to learn more: Summer Camp 2017 or to register:
http://www.riveroaksdance/register

Flower Order Form

Sample Bouquet

We are happy to be able to offer recital bouquets for you again this year! It is customary for performers to receive flowers after a show and I know they would all love to get something special from you. We are partnering with Bella Flori for our recital bouquets and I am including a link for the order form. The orders are due by Friday, March 24. The bouquets will be delivered to your child’s recital and you may pick them up from me right before their performance. You will have them in-hand to present to your child after their show. We offer this service as a convenience so (a) you don’t have to run around town getting flowers on an already busy day and (b) you get to surprise your daughter with beautiful, unique bouquet make just for her. If you would like to order a boutonniere for your boys in our class, we can do that as well.
Please note, you will need to know your child’s recital date and time in order to place the order. To order follow this link: https://goo.gl/forms/b5kBhTdzRZsSY9W72

Sleeping Beauty Ballet Camp

Sleeping Beauty Ballet Camp

Sleeping Beauty Ballet Camp

Who Brightens My Day?

Ms. Ellen gave me a book for Christmas called “The 52 List Project” because she knows how much I love and need to make lists.  I love this book!  Is there something weird about getting joy from writing lists?  I’m on List 7:  List All The People Who Brighten Your Day.  This list was easy! Maybe it’s because we just finished an awesome week of Spring Break Camps, but number one on my list is our ballet students.  They always brighten my day.  I was just telling my husband that the kids are like therapy.  I wish I could invite sad or lonely people to just listen to our kids for ten minutes.  Anyone who teaches kids knows what I’m talking about.  They will make you laugh and fill your heart with so much sweetness that it feels like it’s over flowing .  Sometimes a little tear sneaks out when I’m listening to them talk to each other or tell a story.  Not because it’s sad, but because it’s so sweet or funny that I want to capture it in a bubble and give it to others.  Such kindness, such innocence.  I’m so fortunate to have a job where three hours goes by in a flash because the people you spend it with make every second bright!

Spring Break Camps

Staycation in #houston this #springbreak?  Join us for Spring Break Camps!  Dance, Musical Theatre, Puppet Show and American Girl Doll Etiquette Camp – Monday, March 14 through Thursday, March 17 from 9:00-12:00.

Spring Break Camps

register: www.riveroaksdance.com/register

Current students receive a $10 discount each day.

 

 

Can Dance Make Your Child Smarter?

“A child sings before it speaks, dances almost before it walks. Music is in our hearts from the beginning.”Pamela BrownCan a dance class make you child smarter?  We live in a fast paced society where it seems like almost every minute of even a young child’s day is planned and geared toward academic success.  It’s important to remember that there are fun, interesting and creative ways to speak to a child’s mind – ways that might be exactly the way a specific child needs to learn a concept.  One of the purest ways a preschooler learns is through movement.  And that’s where dance comes in!

Researchers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of movement to a child’s development.  “Studies show that the skills learned through the arts demonstrate a positive effect both on children’s academic success, as well as on personal development. This is especially true for cognitive skills, motivation, and communication skills – all of which are significantly developed through instruction in the arts. Dance lessons can also help spark creativity and develop a lifelong appreciation for the arts.” (Megan Meyers)

Want to learn more? Check out this report.

 

 

 

 

Book Your Princess Ballerina Birthday with Ms. Sara & Ms. Ellen

Princess BallerinasBirthday Parties

Winter Camp Dates are Here!

Winter Camp 2015

Lots of fun headed our way this December with our brand new Visit to the North Pole Dance Camp, our always popular Frozen Musical Theatre Camp, and the classic Nutcracker Ballet Camp!  We are so happy to spend a few days before Christmas seeing the magic of the season through a child’s eyes!

Meet Ms. Terra

Ms. Terra

Ms. Terra

Terra Heraly starting dancing at the age of four in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelors in Performing Arts she went to perform in various theaters in Branson, Missouri and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and on many cruise ships traveling the world.  After three contracts she decided to spend some time in Chicago to take classes. Those classes lead her to Las Vegas. After a year and half in Vegas she moved to Houston and performed with The Moonlight Dolls. Ms. Terra enjoys working out, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two fur babies (their two dogs – Bill and Bella). She is excited to begin her teaching career in Houston with River Oaks Dance.

An Afternoon at the Ballet!

Nutcracker

No matter how many times I see The Nutcracker, it’s still a magical ballet.  I used to go to sleep at night as a little girl dreaming I was Clara in the Land of Sweets.  We would like to invite your dancers to join us and their friends to be a part of this magic at Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker on Tuesday, December 22 at 2:00 p.m.  Ms. Ellen and I thought it would be fun to let the girls get dressed up and take them to the ballet.  We will get a group of tickets so we can all sit together.  Parents may join us, or just meet us in the valet at the Wortham Center 1:15 and we will be happy to take them for a few hours.  We will show them around the theatre, let them see the orchestra warm up, talk about theatre etiquette and watch real ballerinas on the big stage.  During intermission the girls will have refreshments with the mice and soldiers in the lobby and receive a small gift from us. We will go to the meet and greet in the Green Room after the show where they will meet some of the dancers.  We will bring them back out to the valet area at 4:45 for pick up.

Space is limited and we would like the girls to be at least 4 years old, unless they are accompanied by an adult or an older sibling.  Please reply by this Wednesday, October 15 so I can reserve our tickets.  The cost will be $135.  We hope you can join us!

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