5 Love Languages and How They Can Help You Communicate More Effectively With Your Staff

Did you ever hear of the 5 Love Languages?  It's based off of the best selling book "The 5 Love Languages" By Dr. Gary Chapman.  This book can help strengthen relationships with your spouse/significant other, children, employees and family. 

His philosophy of the 5 Love Languages is built off of the premise that different people with different personalities express love in different ways.  By understanding which love language everyone on your team reacts best with, allows you to help everyone on your team feel truly valued.

Lets look at the 5 Love Languages:

1. Words of Affirmation - This person uses words to affirm other people.

2.  Acts of Service - For these people, actions speak louder than words.

3. Receiving Gifts - For some people, what makes them feel most loved is receiving a gift.

4. Quality Time- This language is all about giving the other person your attention.

5. Physical Touch - To this person, nothing speaks more appropriate touch.

 

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The Never-Ending Drama Around Placement

It happens every year, despite my best efforts.  I am sure it happens to you, too.  I send out the dancers’ placement for the fall and inevitably, there is one parent that loses their grip on reality and shows a side of themselves that is so hideous that I wish I had never seen it!

But wait, before you assume that I just sent out placement emails all willy-nilly, throwing caution to the wind, let me take it back a step. 

In January (yes JANUARY) I have 30 minute, one-on-one goals meetings with our company dancers and parent, to discuss the work the student is doing in class, whether they are on track to reach their goals, and what they can be doing to improve.  I make it very clear that NOW is the time to be doing the work. 

Prior to placement being released, I send a masterpiece of an email (if I may say so myself) to all the dancers, explaining that there are 3 rungs of the ladder in each class, and a dancer must achieve success on each rung before...

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Benefits Of Dance In Young Children

Why should you enroll your child in a dance class?
 
Dance is so much more than just a great physical activity. Dance prepares your child in so many ways. It may come as a surprise to discover how valuable an early dance education can be and how it can make an impact on the rest of your child's life.
 
1. They become stronger and more flexible
Any kind of physical activity helps to make your child stronger. Dance also focuses on flexibility, endurance, and overall body awareness.
 
2. They learn to focus on details
When your child attends dance class, over the years, they will learn to pay attention to details. Which arm is the teacher using? Where is her focus? What foot are they using? This attention to detail will carry over and your child will start to become more observant in the rest of the world.
 
3. Their confidence grows as well as responsibility and time
management
For many new dancers, the dance class is their first real classroom...
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