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Gritty people have a growth mindset; they don’t give up.  This paraphrased quote is from author Angela Duckworth, who popularized the word “grit” with her famous TED Talk about the power of passion and perseverance.  She wasn’t talking specifically about performers, but she could have been! Children need to develop resilience in order to learn […]

February 27, 2020

Why Children Need Grit, and How Performing Arts Makes a Difference

Have you and your child ever wondered what goes on at Melody Lane when you’re not there?  There’s a whole other side to the studio that some people never know about! Here’s a little report on how the magic happens and what you don’t usually see …  Documents, spreadsheets, and software, oh my … You […]

February 13, 2020

Behind the Scenes at the Studio

Welcome to the club, Performing arts moms and dads!  Now that you’ve formally signed your child up for lessons and you’ve gotten all the pertinent information about the season, you are officially a performing arts parent at Melody Lane!   Being a performing arts parent here is a little bit like being in a secret society; […]

January 30, 2020

Congratulations! You’re Officially a Performing Arts Parent 

Here’s a fun fact for you: In performing arts classes, it is common etiquette for students to applaud after groups practice combinations or a student is asked to demonstrate.  This show of appreciation is a class custom across the entire the performing arts world! Performers gain motivation by being able to watch and learn from […]

January 16, 2020

Celebrating Each Other’s Success

As you’ve probably noticed, the team at Melody Lane has already begun talking about next year’s showcase!  Even though it’s fall, our showcase planning is well underway. It’s this time of year, with the buzz of showcase just beginning, that parents sometimes ask us, “Why should my child participate?  What’s beneficial about it?” This is […]

January 9, 2020

Why Performing is Beneficial

At Melody Lane, we believe that learning how to dance should be an encouraging and positive experience for children at any age!  And while the dance steps themselves are an important element to every class, the benefits of dance go far beyond pliés and pirouettes. Here are our five favorite benefits of dance: 1.Dance requires […]

December 19, 2019

5 Benefits to Dance

Melody Lane Dance Music and Drama Academy is now YPAD certified! And the only dance studio in the valley with certification. Yay!!! But wait, what does that mean exactly? YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) is a non-profit and one of a kind. The dance world has no regulatory body regarding safety and training of […]

December 5, 2019

Youth Protection Advocates in Dance

Dear Melody Lane Academy families, As Thanksgiving draws near, we wanted to take a moment to express our thanks to YOU, for trusting us with your child’s performing arts education and allowing us to be a positive light in your child’s life.  We are grateful that you’ve chosen us for your studio home. Performing Arts, […]

November 27, 2019

Grateful Hearts

Parent: chauffeur, chef, conflict resolver, cheerleader,and checkbook holder. The list of titles goes on and on! And although we know exactly why we enroll our kids in this activity when we sign up, the season is long and the chores associated with being the one doing all the grunt work, outside of the classroom 😉 […]

November 23, 2019

Melody Lane: A New Kind of Showcase

Check back here often for behind-the-scenes news, updates on events, and fun articles written by a wide range of individuals.  As we are a couple months into our season, we have so many fun and exciting opportunities coming your way! Here on the blog you will find everything about Melody Lane and the performing arts. […]

November 19, 2019

Welcome to the Melody Lane Blog!