As you may know, we love dancing. But most of all we love teaching others how to dance and develop their techniques. We have a lot of fun when we’re surfing the web and finding new dance clips, movies and etc. But our personal favorite is when we get to see children dancing and absolutely killing it (much like our own students). So you can only imagine how happy we were when we found this Buzzfeed article spotlighting 16 incredibly talented kids! Some of them are a little more funny than the others, but you know what? They each have their unique dance style and make us at A Step in Time proud! Parents, we’re looking at you to bring your children in, so that they can one day too, kill the club! (Buzzfeed)
We had the opportunity to talk with Bob Schwartz, father of the very talented dancer, Evan Schwartz, former dancer of A Step in Time Dance, who is now studying at Julliard. Bob gave us some great advice on what is required of the parents of dancers.
N: How long has Evan been dancing?
B: Since he was 6 years old.
N: When did you know that Evan would be interested in becoming a professional dancer?
B: Around the time he was in 6th grade. He seemed to really take an extra interest in dance.
N: What can you tell us about being the parent of a dancer and what kind of advice can you give to other parents?
B: I lead a soccer program and coach thousands of kids as well as other coaches. My other children are athletes, however, Evan is my only child who will become a professional in his field. My advice to other parents is, don’t put pressure on your kids. Pay for their classes, chauffeur them back and forth from rehearsals and sit back and support them by letting them have fun. So many stage parents put too much pressure on their children. Even when the child is extremely passionate about a particular sport or activity, if they have a parent pushing them too hard, the child will inevitably lose interest. I didn’t put that pressure on my son, I just supported him by going to his performances and told him “have fun.”
N: Thank you Bob! We hope this information you have shared with us is a great help to other parents!
For more information on A Step in Time Dance, please visit us at www.AStepinTimeDance.com
What are your kids doing this Saturday morning? There are still a few spots available for our weekend classes!
Saturday 9:30am – Stretch & Strengthening Class for ages 10 yrs and up
Saturday 9:30am – Ballet, Tap, Acro Class for ages 3-5 years old
Saturday 10:30am – Ballet, Tap, Acro Class for ages 5-7 years old
Contact us at (818) 880-8152 for more information
The dancers of the A Step in Time Dance Company have been preparing for their upcoming performance at Disneyland this Sunday, February 24th. Many of the teenage girls in the company have performed at Disney several times with A Step in Time. The younger girls in the company will be performing there for the very first time. Check out this video clip to see the girls rehearse!
For more information about A Step in Time Dance, please visit our website, www.AStepinTimeDance.com
Shaun is a faculty member of A Step in Time and is thrilled to be a part of the team. Shaun most recently appeared in The Radio City Christmas Show as well as a featured dancer on Celebrity Cruises, Disney World, and Busch Gardens. He danced in Salt Lake City for the Opening Ceremonies of The Olympics. He graduated from The University Of Massachusetts with a B.F.A. in Dance. His extensive dance training includes both The Boston & Joffrey Ballet. Shaun was featured in “Shag With A Twist” at The LA Theatre. He also performed at Disneyland in Snow White and recently returned from Tokyo Disneyland.