1-Month of Dance Classes or Performing Arts Preschool at Westside Dance & Gymnastics Academy

Westside Dance Academy Tigard Neighborhood Area 5

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In a Nutshell

Instructors teach a variety of dance styles to students of all ability levels in group or private settings

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. New families only. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. May choose either Wed or Fri for Performing Arts Preschool 9am-noon. All classes are subject to registration and must sign waiver. Call 503-639-5388 or email at info@westsideacademy.com to register. Class size limited, call for availability. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $27 for 1-month of dance classes ($65 value)
  • $63 for 1-month of performing arts preschool ($145 value)
  • Preschool is for 3-5 years of age
  • Dance classes available to boys and girls ages 2 1/2 to 16
  • Included dance classes: Tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and acrobatics

Muscle Memory

Three Things to Know About Muscle Memory

Lots of skills are like riding a bicycle if you practice enough—your body just seems to remember. Read on to learn exactly how that happens.

1. It’s not really your muscles that remember.

Once you've fully mastered playing a new song or any other physical skill, it may feel like your hands are spookily working on their own. Really, you're observing subconscious communication between two different parts of your brain. Muscle memory happens when the cerebrum, the brain’s thought center, communicates with the cerebellum, the brain’s skill center, to accomplish a task. The more you perform a task, the more efficiently those parts of your brain communicate, creating the more-permanent pathways that make up long-term memory. That’s how actions can eventually become second nature.

2._Good_ practice makes perfect.

Muscle memory helps a skill become easier through lots of repetition, but if your repetition is full of mistakes, those will get memorized too. So when it comes to learning an instrument, a good rule is to start slowly and to divide a task into sections, mastering each one before moving on.

3. Innate talents counts—but practice wins.

Some people are more naturally talented at certain skills that require muscle memory, but they still require practice to be able to perform consistently. Prodigies may be able to think their way through learning something new more quickly, but whether you're onstage or on the sports field, you don't _want_ to have to think your way through the situation every time. Developing your muscle memory helps you trust the physical patterns you've internalized to do the heavy lifting, freeing up conscious thought to add emotional shading to a song or make a scary face at the opposing team.

Customer Reviews

Our six year old granddaughter had a wonderful experience at her acrobatic class at Westside Dance Academy. She really loved her instructors and learned a lot. We are all looking forward to her recital in a few weeks.
Priscilla R. · June 4, 2017
Fantastic customer service! Great class and suggestion from the teacher as to what class would best suit my child moving forward.
Hollie H. · July 26, 2016

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