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How To Raise A Grateful Teenager

Grateful teenagers have been proven to be more resilient, happier and healthier. So how can we teach our teens gratitude in a time when they often feel like the world revolves around them? Here are a few key strategies that will help you raise a grateful teenager.   Lead by example Don’t make it just

Top 4 Benefits of Gratitude & How to Do it

‘Tis the season to give thanks! Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, you should practice gratitude daily because the benefits are huge!  Many studies have found there are both mental and physical benefits from gratitude that will significantly improve the quality of your life. Here are 4 great benefits of gratitude.   1. Gratitude attracts

9 Ways To Beat Anxiety As A Teen

One thing we’ve learned from working with so many teens is that anxiety is one of the biggest hurdles that this age group faces. Let’s face it- nowadays life is a lot more busy and hectic than ever before. From the unrealistic standards of social media to endless school exams to those performance nerves that

The 7 Principles of Health

Life is easy, people are complicated.  Never have truer words been spoken! We really make mountains out of molehills and life way more complicated than it needs to be - resulting in less than happy circumstances at times. However, if we stop and embrace the following 7 principles of health we can learn than life

A Week In The Life Of Kiwi Dancers In LA

This past April, two dance studios from New Zelaand, Precision Dance and MasterClass Dance Studios, joined us on our LA Dance Tour! These dancers enjoyed two incredible weeks filled with world-class dance classes, professional dancer seminars, performances, theme parks, site seeing, shopping… oh my! Here’s a glimpse into a week in the life of Kiwi

Top 9 Cities For Dancers To Live

Dream of pursuing a career in dance but have no idea where to begin? If that’s what you want to do, we encourage you to just go for it and never look back! To give you a bit of a nudge here are some of the best cities for dancers to live.  1. NYC NYC

Kim Davey: A letter to my teenage self

Dear Teenage Self, What a journey you are in for! I believe everything in life happens for a reason and without pain and struggle we do not have the desire to seek and improve. So my dear, everything in your life has happened just the way it was intended! Don’t stress the small stuff -

Mentorship Winners Make Huge Changes to Achieve Dreams

About 3 months ago, Helena Harvey and Jessica Harnett were announced as the winners of our SSO Lifestyle Mentorship program. Since then Helena and Jessica have had bi-weekly mentorship calls with Kim. Both girls have experienced tremendous personal growth and lifestyle changes in order to push themselves closer to achieve dreams! Helena’s Progress “I have

5 Dance Jokes That Only Dance Friends Understand

There are some things that only dance friends will ever understand! You know what we mean. These 5 dance jokes are sure to make you giggle! Who can relate?!   1. Pirouette, Arabesque, Fondue, Pique, Jeté, Tendue, Effacé, Demi-plié, Développé, Fouetté, Glissade! Oui Oui! You probably know more French words than your friends taking the

The Power of Positive Friendships

It’s true- positive friendships bring happiness and health. It’s been scientifically proven! The more positive friends you surround yourself with, the more upbeat and energetic you’ll be, as their positive energy naturally rubs off on you. Studies by Michigan State University have shown that the power of positive friendships lowers your chances of chronic illnesses

Top 4 Places to Network as a Teen

You may think that networking is something only older business people do, when actually it’s something that you should start doing now - yes network as a teen! Networking is super important because one day the connections you make now could help you land your first job or the one after that! The networks you

4 Signs You Have Found Your Passion

A passion is commonly defined as something you are really enthusiastic or excited about doing. You simply love doing it! Most people have a passion but often have trouble figuring out exactly what it is. In school, you’re exposed to a curriculum of subjects, but the outside world has SO many more possibilities. If you

Have A Look Inside A Dance Mom’s Bag

Ever wonder what’s really inside a Dance Mom’s bag? Why is it so big? What could she possibly need to bring when she’s not even dancing? We thought we’d have a little bit of fun and have a peak. From hair spray to double-sided tape to baby wipes there’s bound to be something to help

8 Signs That You’re Definitely A Dance Mom (or Dad)

Photo credit: Dance Moms TV Series It starts with the first day you sign your 4-year-old daughter up for her first ballet class. Before you know it, your days are consumed with rehearsals, competitions and performances. And just like that - You officially become a Dance Mom (or Dad). Just for fun, here are some

4 Types of Dance You May Never Have Heard of

From Bollywood to Ballet, there is such a wide array of dance styles around the globe. No matter where you’re from in the world, our cultures all have one thing in common - the love of dance! After all, dance is known as the universal language. Here are few styles that you may not be

Starvista Spotlight: 4 SSO Dancers from Around the Globe

SHE SHINES ON loves our Starvista family! We’re a tight knit, special group that shares some incredible memories that only fellow Starvistas can ever understand. We’re lucky to have dancers from all over - New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the UK! With dancers from all over the globe, we wanted to bring our special

The Rise of the Boss Babe

#bossbabe We’ve seen it everrrrywhere. But what does it mean? You’ve probably already seen a boss babe around, you may know one… you may even BE one! She’s strong, confident, fearless… just to name a few. She’s the type of gal whose personality is magnetic. She knows what she wants and how to get it.

Mad About Maddie

Maddie Ziegler has become one of the most famous young female dancers of our time. SHE SHINES ON especially loves her passion for performance and how she just goes for what she wants! We fell in love with her on Dance Moms, and she continued to wow us with her talents dancing in Sia’s music

3 Ways to Practice Self-Love

You know you’re awesome, right? Knowing this and truly believing how amazing you are every day is so important! Unsure where to begin? Here are 3 easy ways to practice self-love! 1. Surround yourself with loving people Spend time with people in your life that make you smile, laugh and feel good about yourself! Having

A Year in Review: Our Favorite Memories from Last Year

Wow! What an amazing year it’s been! We are so thankful for all of the memories we’ve shared with you and look forward to making many more in 2019. Let’s take a quick walk down memory lane and reminisce on some of our most favorite memories from the past year. Performing at Disney We have

How to Reach Your Dance Dreams in 2019

It’s a new year, and this is the year that you’re finally going to make your dance dreams a reality! But, where do you even begin? What are your goals? Keep reading for some ways to help reach your goals like NOW! Write Down Your Goals Writing down your dance goals is your first step

8 great gifts for dancers

With the holidays just around the corner, have you figured out what to buy the special dancer in your life? There are actually some pretty cool gifts that are perfect to give dancers, but most of us don’t have the time to search for them. To make shopping easier for you, we’ve come up with

7 interesting facts about The Nutcracker that you didn’t know

When you think of ballet and the holidays, the first thing that pops into your mind is probably The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is known around the world as being the classic fairy-tale ballet about a young girl who receives a magical nutcracker. For many families, watching The Nutcracker this time of year has become an

Start your day with Gratitude in 3 easy steps

What’s the first thing you do in the morning? Hit the snooze button?… Have a cup of tea?… Brush your teeth? Whatever your morning routine is, starting your day with gratitude is a wonderful way to wake up! Gratitude is all about giving thanks for the good things in your life. When you start your

Charlotte Johnson – Building confidence through dance

“Dancing is my passion...it makes me complete.” UK dancer Charlotte Johnson has won a place on a SHE SHINES ON Dance Tour to LA or NYC/Orlando in 2019! Charlotte was one of the talented dancers we scouted at the 2018 Can You Dance? Super Convention. Based on her incredible dancing she was selected to go

Chantell Turner – You will have the most amazing fun-packed experience!

World Class Dance Tours Los Angeles Experience If you are looking for a holiday relaxing by the sea, curled up with a book and a leisurely snooze then book that holiday as this experience won’t be the one for you. If you are a person who is interested in learning about yourself, meet like minded

Jackie Melvin – It was definitely a trip of a lifetime

Hi my name is Jackie and my daughter is Hannah, we were part of the WCDT April 2017 Open Tour to LA.   That meant we were part of a group of dancers and chaperones from other parts of NZ.  We are from Taupo, the others were from Palmerston North, Wellington and Auckland. We had 19

Allegra Canton – It is a memory I will cherish forever

I went on the 2017 World Class Dance Tour to LA and what an experience it was! It was such an action packed two weeks with the perfect balance of work and play. As a slightly older member at the tour at the ripe old age of 22 I was worried that I wouldn’t get

Nicole Downey – I am so amazed and inspired with the experience that I have had on this tour

My name is Nicole Downey and I got to go on the amazing 2017 LA tour. It was the best experience of my life – I am so amazed and inspired with the experience that I have had on this tour. I achieved some goals and got to go to many places that I couldn’t

Jo Davies – I loved the chance to go away with my daughter, just focussing on her passions and dreams

“Mum can we pleeeeease go to the meeting?” way back in April last year my daughter Grace asked me. “It’s about a really cool dance tour to L.A.” Sigh. Hopefully the meeting will be a drag, Grace will be bored, and that will be the end of that I thought, as off we trotted to

Kate Reid – This trip really was the trip of a lifetime

I remember seeing the note from Performance Net over a year ago, to come and meet the wonderful Kim Davey and find out about World Class Dance Tours and a trip of a lifetime.  Kim addressed a school hall full of mums, dads and children wannabes with a captivating presence and infectious passion for taking

Abby Hewitt – Incredible, Inspiring and soo much FUN!!

If I could describe this tour in three words, I would choose incredible, inspiring and so much FUN! I recently went on the Los Angeles 2017 tour and I can safely say it was the best trip and experience of my life! The things I learned and gained from being a part of it will

Bryce Campbell – It will be life changing!

Hi all, I’m Bryce Campbell from Tauranga, NZ… Early in 2014 my daughter Isla Campbell came home excited about the prospect of the performing arts classes of Otumoetai College touring to LA in 2015. So who’s this World Class Dance Tours I say? Lots of questions and anyway a few weeks later a very excited

Isla Campbell – Sometimes you just need that little reminder that you are good enough

My name is Isla Campbell, I’m from Tauranga, New Zealand and I went on the LA tour in July 2015. I started dancing from a very young age and there’s nothing in this world that I love more, it is my absolute passion and I’ve known for a very long time that I want to

Kristi Dahm – I came home more determined than ever ….

I was lucky enough to be accepted onto two World Class Dance Tour’s, and experience the dance industry in Sydney, Australia in 2013, and Los Angeles, United States in 2014. What attracted me to this company was the vast range of dance opportunities which were offered on each tour. There were opportunities to experience dance

Kristie Mortimer – Life of a WCDT Team Leader

In April 2016 I experienced the trip of a lifetime. As the team leader for the Twin Cities team I took a group of 18 dancers from Auckland and Wellington on a World Class Dance Tours trip to Los Angeles. My team consisted of dancers aged from 12 to 26 years old, and what I

Hope Wylde – The most unreal thing i have ever done!

I don’t even know where to begin!!! ……..On my WCDT LA Dance Tour we stayed right in the heart of Hollywood, just a block away from the main strip, Hollywood Boulevard. We even witnessed a movie premier with the red carpet, cameras and all! even that was just an eye opener, you don’t see that

Helena Harvey – An indescribable experience

From the age of 11, my best friend and I had a dream that one day we would perform together at Disneyland. This dream was ambitious to some and impossible to others until the day we both got accepted to attend World Class Dance Tours where we were told that our dreams were about to

Jessica Harnett – A very powerful and lasting effect

World Class Dance Tours is worth every single dollar. It is a completely enriching experience made up of once in a life-time opportunities such as performing at Disney Land, dancing on Hollywood Boulevard, and meeting high scale dance and drama professionals, which I will treasure for the rest of my life. Yet, I found it

Josephine Bonnington-Mailisi – Surrounded by like-minded people….

My story: I was a part of the “Random’s” Group. There were a few of us from around NZ, who had been accepted into the World Class Dance Tours program without a dance studio. We had to learn our choreography from watching a private YouTube link. We managed to put on a full-scale show with

Kirsty Bell – Something for everyone….

The World Class Dance Tours, L.A tour, was a once in a lifetime trip for my dancers. The tour catered for a diverse range of dancers, styles of dance and interests. It was successful at helping dancers realise their potential within the industry but also in their personal lives. It had the perfect balance between

But don’t take it from us.
Hear the Words of our Starvista Girls.

9 Ways To Beat Anxiety As A Teen

One thing we’ve learned from working with so many teens is that anxiety is one of the biggest hurdles that this age group faces. Let’s face it- nowadays life is a lot more busy and hectic than ever before. From the unrealistic standards of social media to endless school exams to those performance nerves that

A Week In The Life Of Kiwi Dancers In LA

This past April, two dance studios from New Zelaand, Precision Dance and MasterClass Dance Studios, joined us on our LA Dance Tour! These dancers enjoyed two incredible weeks filled with world-class dance classes, professional dancer seminars, performances, theme parks, site seeing, shopping… oh my! Here’s a glimpse into a week in the life of Kiwi

Top 9 Cities For Dancers To Live

Dream of pursuing a career in dance but have no idea where to begin? If that’s what you want to do, we encourage you to just go for it and never look back! To give you a bit of a nudge here are some of the best cities for dancers to live.  1. NYC NYC

Kim Davey: A letter to my teenage self

Dear Teenage Self, What a journey you are in for! I believe everything in life happens for a reason and without pain and struggle we do not have the desire to seek and improve. So my dear, everything in your life has happened just the way it was intended! Don’t stress the small stuff -

Mentorship Winners Make Huge Changes to Achieve Dreams

About 3 months ago, Helena Harvey and Jessica Harnett were announced as the winners of our SSO Lifestyle Mentorship program. Since then Helena and Jessica have had bi-weekly mentorship calls with Kim. Both girls have experienced tremendous personal growth and lifestyle changes in order to push themselves closer to achieve dreams! Helena’s Progress “I have

5 Dance Jokes That Only Dance Friends Understand

There are some things that only dance friends will ever understand! You know what we mean. These 5 dance jokes are sure to make you giggle! Who can relate?!   1. Pirouette, Arabesque, Fondue, Pique, Jeté, Tendue, Effacé, Demi-plié, Développé, Fouetté, Glissade! Oui Oui! You probably know more French words than your friends taking the

The Power of Positive Friendships

It’s true- positive friendships bring happiness and health. It’s been scientifically proven! The more positive friends you surround yourself with, the more upbeat and energetic you’ll be, as their positive energy naturally rubs off on you. Studies by Michigan State University have shown that the power of positive friendships lowers your chances of chronic illnesses

Top 4 Places to Network as a Teen

You may think that networking is something only older business people do, when actually it’s something that you should start doing now - yes network as a teen! Networking is super important because one day the connections you make now could help you land your first job or the one after that! The networks you

Mad About Maddie

Maddie Ziegler has become one of the most famous young female dancers of our time. SHE SHINES ON especially loves her passion for performance and how she just goes for what she wants! We fell in love with her on Dance Moms, and she continued to wow us with her talents dancing in Sia’s music

How to Reach Your Dance Dreams in 2019

It’s a new year, and this is the year that you’re finally going to make your dance dreams a reality! But, where do you even begin? What are your goals? Keep reading for some ways to help reach your goals like NOW! Write Down Your Goals Writing down your dance goals is your first step

Chantell Turner – You will have the most amazing fun-packed experience!

World Class Dance Tours Los Angeles Experience If you are looking for a holiday relaxing by the sea, curled up with a book and a leisurely snooze then book that holiday as this experience won’t be the one for you. If you are a person who is interested in learning about yourself, meet like minded

Jackie Melvin – It was definitely a trip of a lifetime

Hi my name is Jackie and my daughter is Hannah, we were part of the WCDT April 2017 Open Tour to LA.   That meant we were part of a group of dancers and chaperones from other parts of NZ.  We are from Taupo, the others were from Palmerston North, Wellington and Auckland. We had 19

Allegra Canton – It is a memory I will cherish forever

I went on the 2017 World Class Dance Tour to LA and what an experience it was! It was such an action packed two weeks with the perfect balance of work and play. As a slightly older member at the tour at the ripe old age of 22 I was worried that I wouldn’t get

Nicole Downey – I am so amazed and inspired with the experience that I have had on this tour

My name is Nicole Downey and I got to go on the amazing 2017 LA tour. It was the best experience of my life – I am so amazed and inspired with the experience that I have had on this tour. I achieved some goals and got to go to many places that I couldn’t

Jo Davies – I loved the chance to go away with my daughter, just focussing on her passions and dreams

“Mum can we pleeeeease go to the meeting?” way back in April last year my daughter Grace asked me. “It’s about a really cool dance tour to L.A.” Sigh. Hopefully the meeting will be a drag, Grace will be bored, and that will be the end of that I thought, as off we trotted to

But don’t take it from us.
Hear the Words of our Starvista Girls.

How To Raise A Grateful Teenager

Grateful teenagers have been proven to be more resilient, happier and healthier. So how can we teach our teens gratitude in a time when they often feel like the world revolves around them? Here are a few key strategies that will help you raise a grateful teenager.   Lead by example Don’t make it just

9 Ways To Beat Anxiety As A Teen

One thing we’ve learned from working with so many teens is that anxiety is one of the biggest hurdles that this age group faces. Let’s face it- nowadays life is a lot more busy and hectic than ever before. From the unrealistic standards of social media to endless school exams to those performance nerves that

Have A Look Inside A Dance Mom’s Bag

Ever wonder what’s really inside a Dance Mom’s bag? Why is it so big? What could she possibly need to bring when she’s not even dancing? We thought we’d have a little bit of fun and have a peak. From hair spray to double-sided tape to baby wipes there’s bound to be something to help

8 Signs That You’re Definitely A Dance Mom (or Dad)

Photo credit: Dance Moms TV Series It starts with the first day you sign your 4-year-old daughter up for her first ballet class. Before you know it, your days are consumed with rehearsals, competitions and performances. And just like that - You officially become a Dance Mom (or Dad). Just for fun, here are some

8 great gifts for dancers

With the holidays just around the corner, have you figured out what to buy the special dancer in your life? There are actually some pretty cool gifts that are perfect to give dancers, but most of us don’t have the time to search for them. To make shopping easier for you, we’ve come up with

Kate Reid – This trip really was the trip of a lifetime

I remember seeing the note from Performance Net over a year ago, to come and meet the wonderful Kim Davey and find out about World Class Dance Tours and a trip of a lifetime.  Kim addressed a school hall full of mums, dads and children wannabes with a captivating presence and infectious passion for taking

Abby Hewitt – Incredible, Inspiring and soo much FUN!!

If I could describe this tour in three words, I would choose incredible, inspiring and so much FUN! I recently went on the Los Angeles 2017 tour and I can safely say it was the best trip and experience of my life! The things I learned and gained from being a part of it will

Bryce Campbell – It will be life changing!

Hi all, I’m Bryce Campbell from Tauranga, NZ… Early in 2014 my daughter Isla Campbell came home excited about the prospect of the performing arts classes of Otumoetai College touring to LA in 2015. So who’s this World Class Dance Tours I say? Lots of questions and anyway a few weeks later a very excited

Isla Campbell – Sometimes you just need that little reminder that you are good enough

My name is Isla Campbell, I’m from Tauranga, New Zealand and I went on the LA tour in July 2015. I started dancing from a very young age and there’s nothing in this world that I love more, it is my absolute passion and I’ve known for a very long time that I want to

Discover 10 Ways To Uplift Your Girl’s

Did you know 85% of girls suffer from low self-esteem?
Together, let’s change this!

A Week In The Life Of Kiwi Dancers In LA

This past April, two dance studios from New Zelaand, Precision Dance and MasterClass Dance Studios, joined us on our LA Dance Tour! These dancers enjoyed two incredible weeks filled with world-class dance classes, professional dancer seminars, performances, theme parks, site seeing, shopping… oh my! Here’s a glimpse into a week in the life of Kiwi

8 great gifts for dancers

With the holidays just around the corner, have you figured out what to buy the special dancer in your life? There are actually some pretty cool gifts that are perfect to give dancers, but most of us don’t have the time to search for them. To make shopping easier for you, we’ve come up with

Kristie Mortimer – Life of a WCDT Team Leader

In April 2016 I experienced the trip of a lifetime. As the team leader for the Twin Cities team I took a group of 18 dancers from Auckland and Wellington on a World Class Dance Tours trip to Los Angeles. My team consisted of dancers aged from 12 to 26 years old, and what I

Hope Wylde – The most unreal thing i have ever done!

I don’t even know where to begin!!! ……..On my WCDT LA Dance Tour we stayed right in the heart of Hollywood, just a block away from the main strip, Hollywood Boulevard. We even witnessed a movie premier with the red carpet, cameras and all! even that was just an eye opener, you don’t see that

Helena Harvey – An indescribable experience

From the age of 11, my best friend and I had a dream that one day we would perform together at Disneyland. This dream was ambitious to some and impossible to others until the day we both got accepted to attend World Class Dance Tours where we were told that our dreams were about to

Jessica Harnett – A very powerful and lasting effect

World Class Dance Tours is worth every single dollar. It is a completely enriching experience made up of once in a life-time opportunities such as performing at Disney Land, dancing on Hollywood Boulevard, and meeting high scale dance and drama professionals, which I will treasure for the rest of my life. Yet, I found it

Josephine Bonnington-Mailisi – Surrounded by like-minded people….

My story: I was a part of the “Random’s” Group. There were a few of us from around NZ, who had been accepted into the World Class Dance Tours program without a dance studio. We had to learn our choreography from watching a private YouTube link. We managed to put on a full-scale show with

Kirsty Bell – Something for everyone….

The World Class Dance Tours, L.A tour, was a once in a lifetime trip for my dancers. The tour catered for a diverse range of dancers, styles of dance and interests. It was successful at helping dancers realise their potential within the industry but also in their personal lives. It had the perfect balance between