Who Are We?
DiDa (District Dance) is a new high-quality dance training program for children in lower Manhattan. We offer classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, vocal, and ballroom to children ages 3-10yrs. Our youth dance program is the perfect mix of teaching essential foundations for a career in dance, combined with giving kids the opportunity to have a blast while dancing. Want to learn more about DiDa? Hit this button to learn more about us!
DiDa offers the best training available in all genres of dance. We are committed to providing parents and students with unparalleled teachers and assistants who can not only break down movement into the most efficient exercises, but also demonstrate that movement properly and with artistry. Our teachers and assistants are second to none in the industry. Dance can quickly turn from hobby, to passion, and then career. It is an accelerated vocation in that, one can’t wait until their dancer is 12yrs old, to realize this might be their “thing” and then figure out where to get the best training. By that time it’s sometimes too late to be competitive in the field. If you are already spending the time (and money), choose the best training for your dancer.
Teaching More Than Dance
Dance happens to be our passion, but we know it isn’t everything! We use dance, to teach valuable life skills to young people. Work ethic, accountability, responsibility, team work, and integrity are just as strong of a focus at DiDa as pointed toes. Teaching dancers to graciously handle both successes AND failures to build self-esteem is paramount. DiDa is more than just “extra curricular.” It’s another resource for parents/caregivers to turn amazing tiny humans into amazing big humans, who happen to be amazing dancers.
We feel that practice without purpose does not provide the dance student with the opportunity to feel totally motivated, and fulfilled. It is only in performing, time spent on stage, that they truly build that sense of camaraderie with their teammates and explore self expression that can feel elusive in a classroom alone. The question is, how do you find enough performance opportunities in a year, to make that time on stage a PART of their practice, a part of the curriculum? Because one recital a year, while wonderful, cannot bring as much growth to a dancer as multiple opportunities to perform.
While we may not be able to be prepared enough this year to utilize the positive effects a competitive workshop can provide, our goal at DiDa is to use dance workshop/competitions to not only provide increased time on stage, but to expose our dancers to other teachers, dancers, styles, genres, and abilities, that can greatly influence and inspire our dancers. Competition exists in all areas in life and can be a negative or positive influence-depending on one’s perspective, and goals. Team building, exposure, and graciously handling both success and defeat, are invaluable skills that can come from using competitive performance opportunities.
At DiDa, we know dance is hard! Especially for little brains. There is a lot to think about- listen to the teacher, DON’T listen to your friend trying to distract you, put your body in the right shape, on the right count. Processing what they see and hear into a shape of their own can be overwhelming. That’s why we have a 4/1 ratio for our 3’s classes (4 students/1assistant). They need help physically getting their bodies into the position so they can feel that the proper muscles are being used. With more trained hands, this can be done quickly and efficiently so that a lot of class time isn’t taken up correcting each dancer.