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What Dance Classes At Christine Rich Studio Can Do For Your Child
Many Life Benefits In Our Dance Lessons For Toddlers To Adults
Our Exceptional Dance Program Is Very Special. It’s Truly Fun After-School Education.
Problem: Inability To Focus
- In today’s world of distractions, it’s more difficult to get a child to focus…especially on homework or tasks.
- Academic peers may spend their evenings watching TV or playing video games. Dance is structured play, learning, and classic arts education in a positive, old-fashioned atmosphere.
- Great grades are a side effect of our world-class training dance classes which requires students to watch and listen to the teacher, think, focus to remember the combinations, get their body to do it correctly and pay attention to the tiny details every dance lesson.
- Frequent training (such as being a member of our Excellence Program) gives the skills to succeed in other areas of life.
- Our dance students are consistently on honor roll, Unit High School grads, or even Illinois State Scholars.
The CRS Studio Director has written numerous college recommendation letters for leading colleges where our students have been accepted to Harvard, Princeton, Butler, MIT on engineering scholarships, …all top colleges or dance programs…and many pursue double majors.
Problem: Lack Of Self-Discipline
When children see so many peers at school lacking the ability to self-motivate and self-discipline themselves, parents need additional support to show their child how to develop these skills.
With motivated students, our classes positively reinforce teamwork, manners and self-control…
part of our “old fashioned values” environment.
With a focus on excellence, our dance classes teach students through ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics to approach all that they do in life…with self-responsibility and personal high standards.
- Our dance lessons do not allow students to talk out of turn or misbehave in the classroom.
Problem: Poor Physical Fitness
It is proven that physical fitness increases brain function at any age.
With P.E. classes almost non-existent, our quality dance school provides rigorous full-body toning, flexibility, stamina and mental activity that increases lean muscle and mental capabilities.
- Students are provided stress relief, an increase in their overall health & better grades, with dance classes in the evening vs. going home to do homework all night. They are happier and more balanced than their peers.
- With fewer sick days and better brain development; students excel at school.
At the Christine Rich Studio, you will find accelerated dance training starting at age 4 to maximize the student’s overall development.
Problem: Lack Of Self-Confidence
In today’s world of sitting to learn, sitting to do computer work or non-personal interactions via cell phone, our youth have a higher degree of lack of confidence in talking and engaging effectively in person than previous generations.
Children in academic schools encounter apathetic peers which does not inspire self-confidence or leadership.
Our students, especially our Excellence Program Students are confident, leaders, achievers and excellent dancers.
- Our dance is physical training (no more sitting) emphasizing individually and teamwork in a social learning environment emphasizing manners and respect. Students learn to be comfortable standing and moving, making real world school reports in front of the class, well, “a piece of cake.”
- Confidence is increased slowly over time through onstage performances and fostered through a warm and motivating classroom atmosphere.
Problem: Inability To Persevere In The Face Of Challenge
In a world where everyone is a winner and homework is no longer graded…it just has to be done…sometimes…and only if the student feels like it…children struggle in the face of a real challenge such as their first job.
- Perseverance is learned over time. By placing students in the correct dance classes, they meet the syllabus challenges weekly and yearly.
- Students gain weekly self-esteem through mastering small challenges weekly. Later in life, these young adults welcome challenges.
Problem: Poor Time Management
Children live in a world of distractions (Internet and social media) and gadgets (cell phones and video games and computer movies).
With a lessening of a desire for old-fashioned ethics as discussed in this literature, time management easily falls by the way side.
- The Christine Rich Studio has observed over 3 decades that our students who are here almost every day are the most successful to get their homework done and manage their time. “If you want something done, give it to a busy person” is true for a reason.
- Students taking multiple dance classes weekly, increase their ability to focus quickly which translates into their ability to focus on schoolwork or home chores.
“Train with excellence, work with excellence” is second-nature for our youth at CRS. With our standard: “be your best,” students learn to believe in themselves.
Mastering dance subjects over the years for a child has been proven to give more life skills, focusing ability, and self-esteem than taking a little dance, sports, music, swimming, art, etc. which leads to becoming “Jack of all trades, master of none.”
Parent Testimonials. . .
“Meena has been taking dance classes at Christine Rich Studio since she was 2 years old – over 16 years now! She not only has enjoyed dance, but has become stronger, more responsible, and hardworking.
She is focused and efficient in her studies and that discipline finds its roots and reinforcement in her dance training.
With all of the recent headlines of the risks involved in contact sports these days, it is a reminder of the benefit of dance as a great option to provide strength training, artistic expression, and athletic advancement.
Meena has made life-long friends, worked with wonderful teachers and will always be able to fall back on and remember her training during her years at CRS.”
~Sanjiv Jain, father
“Gauri started dance class at the age of two at the Christine Rich Studio, and she loves it. Over the years she has grown as a dancer and as a person as her teachers have taught her many life lessons. She has learned excellent ballet technique from former teacher Ms. Luciana, now with Mr. Alberto, and performed outstanding choreography from Christine Rich, and learned remarkable skills from the outstanding staff of teachers at the studio.
Her training at CRS has allowed her to achieve an immense amount in the dance studio and out, as the discipline she has acquired is beneficial in all aspects of her life.
Her discipline is apparent through her school work as her grades reflect the hard work that she puts into dance and school. None of this would have been possible without the countless hours spent in dance classes learning, improving, and working hard.”
~Shaku Shankar, mother
My son Everest is also a student at Christine Rich Studio. He is 4 years old and currently in the Primary Program and soon the Excellence Program. Spending so much time at the studio with his sister it became clear that he also wanted to take dance class.
I was hesitant to enroll him because Everest was speech delayed and also has SPD (sensory processing disorder). Everest was almost completely non-verbal when he first started dance class. Even after receiving speech, occupational and developmental therapy for over two years and being in school for 6 months, he still had a very limited vocabulary and was unable to sit in one place and focus on an activity for more than 5 minutes. I didn’t think he would be able to sit still and focus in class and at first he wasn’t.
Eventually he realized that if he wanted to be able to participate in class that was exactly what he would have to do. He would visit Christine in her office and he began to focus and sit still.
In the year since he started dancing at the Christine Rich Studio his vocabulary has increased immensely. He has words now for almost everything, he can speak in sentences, answer questions and he can participate fully in his dance classes, even those that are an hour long.
Everest’s school teacher says he is excelling now and even told me at the end of last year that he was more prepared to enter kindergarten than some of his classmates that were going to kindergarten, and he still has a year of preschool left. I fully believe that it was because of dance, and because of the fact that he had to stay in one place and focus on the dance teacher in order to participate, that he was able to begin to manage his SPD. And the ability to manage it and focus is what helped him learn to speak.
I’m so thankful for what dance has done for him and the patience his CRS teachers have showed him.
~Sarah Guerrero, mother
“Alexis took her first tap/ballet class at Christine Rich Studio when she was a mere 3 years old. At age 4 she began the Excellence Program. Dance has always been a priority for her. Christine Rich Studio offers classes throughout the year and Alexis has taken advantage of those opportunities to grow as a dancer and especially through the Excellence Program.
She also took private lessons with (former ballet teacher) Luciana to get individual assessment on her dance technique and valued the corrections she got in order to improve. She has taken ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, acting, modern, strength, floor barre, dance tech, Irish, and the CRS Choreography Project, they have all served her well. Alexis also took advantage of the Foundation Access Card to take additional lower level classes to better herself. Through hard work and excellent training Alexis went on to become the lead of the ballet in Raymonda and La Fille Mal Gardée.
I believe it is because of the training at the CRS that Alexis excelled at school too.
Do I think the dance education she received at Christine Rich Studio was worth it? Yes, yes, yes! The training that Alexis received will enable her to go anywhere and do anything with her dancing.
It is because of Christine and all of the dedicated professional staff that Alexis auditioned and went to The Joffrey Ballet School in NY to become a part of the Ballet Trainee Program!
Christine Rich Studio teachers worked hand in hand with Alexis to help her be the best that she can be. It was Alexis’s passion to learn and their passion to teach that made Alexis’s dream come true!”
~Jackie Miller, mother
“Xavia began expressing an interest in dance at a very early age, and as someone who never took dance, or even had an interest in it, I was leery about jumping into an activity that I knew nothing about. I found the Christine Rich Studio Dance Academy during my search and I have to say signing her up was one of the best decisions I have made—especially as a mother.
My daughter, Xavia, absolutely fell in love with dance, and began the CRS Excellence Program her second year when she was 4 years old. She has continued in the program since then, as well as adding in private lessons at age 5. She is 6 now and dances 6 days a week, and she is inspired by the activity.
She utilizes her Foundation Access Card whenever she can to take lower level dance classes for more practice, even if it means me bringing her to the studio on a night when she doesn’t have her regular class.
I have watched her grow so much in such a short time. She excels in dance and in school. Xavia is confident, determined and embraces a challenge. She loves the Studio and the teachers. She has made many friends and achieved so much at such a young age. I look forward to continuing to watch her grow and succeed with the help of her wonderful teachers and the amazing curriculum at the Christine Rich Studio.”
~Sarah Guerrero, mother
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Christine Rich Studio Dance Academy 1402 Regency Drive West, Savoy, Illinois 61874 (217) 355-9265
Christine Rich Studio provides dance classes, fitness classes and drama classes and we serve Central Illinois towns of Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, Rantoul, St. Joseph, Tolono, Mahomet, Philo, Bement, Tuscola, Monticello, Gibson City, Effingham, Charleston, Danville, Decatur, Thomasboro, Sidney, Pesotum, Royal, Sadorus, Fisher, Gifford, Homer, Ivesdale, Ogden, Ludlow, Villa Grove and more.