I love my preschool students but it seems like there are a lot of pre-class meltdowns in the waiting room at various points in the year. I’m worried some parents are dropping dance because they don’t even want to deal with their young dancer complaining or fussing about going to class. How can I prevent this and help parents see that some of this is normal? Hear tips on how to prepare and educate your preschool parents when it comes to successful class transitions with Andrea Trench of DiscoverDance.
Andrea Trench, is a dance educator with over 20 years of teaching experience. Holding a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Andrea specializes in early childhood dance education as well as modern dance.
In 2005, while teaching preschool with now business partner, Renee Deets, Andrea began incorporating creative dance into the preschool curriculum. She decided to offer a summer dance camp for the preschoolers. The success from that summer led to the creation of Elite Dance Academy in Homer Glen, Illinois in 2006. Their early childhood program started with 7 preschoolers. Over the next decade, the vision of DiscoverDance became a reality and hundreds of little ones continue to go through the conceptual based program each year.
In 2016, Andrea was encouraged to offer her curriculum to other teachers looking for a fresh approach to early childhood dance education. She began offering tips and ideas on social media platforms before launching her complete program in August 2017. Since launching, DiscoverDance is now being taught at studios in Greece, Costa Rica, Canada, and throughout the United States. She is a sought-after presenter at teacher training workshops and conferences and continues to spread the awareness of the importance of conceptual learning in dance education, especially in early childhood classes.
Andrea lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband, Tim, and two kids, Julia and Ryan (both DiscoverDance graduates). She loves Jesus, all things Disney, and snuggling with her dog, Toby.