Dance

Boys in Dance?!

So you have a son! And your son wants to take dance! You as his parent may or may not have that moment of, "Wait... why dance? Why not football or soccer or hockey?"


 

Imagination = Power

im·ag·i·na·tion: noun / forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses; ability to face and resolve difficulties.

One of the most valuable, unique, marketable abilities in a person is their imagination. One's imagination is instilled within during their childhood and throughout their adolescence. Imagination helps children solve problems, because it links them to various different outcomes. Imagination also helps children "practice" real-life skills (pretend grocery shopping, pretend doctor). Tests also show an increased vocabulary, but most importantly... imagination results in creative thinkers, which our world needs to be successful!


 

All Around Dance

Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins creator, Sheena Jeffers, was recently asked to be interviewed by a dance blog called All Around Dance. Below is the interview. Be sure to check out their blog!


 

Raising Artists

I'm back! Fresh off the train from New York City!

Classes were challenging and inspiring. Some of my students felt, for the first time, their Super Hero Dancer inside of them; they were doing things they've never done before. This glimpse of how freeing dance can be has instilled within them a new confidence, and fanned a flame inside of them.


 

If There is Only One Thing

We sat in class watching dance students. They are all in different phases of life; Some are starting high school, some just finished and are packing up their childhood, on their way to college. Some were going through personal drama, and others are dealing with bad friends or embarrassing moments. We wondered:

If there is only one thing they take from their teachers, what would it be?

We want them to feel and understand completely how deeply the love for dance runs. And we want them to carry that confidence with them always.

Our passion for dance cannot be measured. It's nothing like baking cupcakes. There isn't a specific amount of passion to be poured into the mix. For us, it is everything, all of it: the reason why we do what we do, live how we live, believe how we believe. It's the reason why we carry faith and happiness with us in everything we do. Within every one of our cells there is an urge and need and desire to dance. It's a rush, a jolt of beautiful, that feels a little something like...


 

Work With What You've Got: Your Turnout

"Turn out! Rotate, rotate, rotate! From the hip!"

Dancers, you've grown up hearing these words. From the day we learn what First Position is in ballet, you've heard these words more than you've probably heard any other collection of words.

We model ourselves off of the ballerinas we see on stage, on TV, in photographs and magazines. While this helps us visualize what the "ultimate goal" is, it isn't necessarily healthy. We have to learn a valuable lesson first:

You've got to work with what you've got!


 

When a Dream Gets Tired

What was your dream future when you were 18 years old?

If we were to mail you your dream report card right now, where would you fall? Pass? Fail? Exactly where on the bell curve would you be sitting?

What happens to all of the dreams that get tired?


 

The Biggest Mistake Public Schools Can Make

So, rumor has it (and school budgets are proving) that public schools are slashing their Arts programs. No longer can they afford to pay a teacher to teach a child how to sing, read music, deliver a monologue, learn an instrument, learn the history and icons of the arts. This breaks our hearts.

Instead, however, of appealing to your emotional side, I'll just tell it how it would be without the Arts.


 

Down Syndrome Doesn't Define

I want to introduce you to my friend, Hannah.


 

Pre-Stage Serenity

"all nearness pauses, while a star can grow..." - e.e. cummings

The hours of rehearsal are over. Your body still bruised. But now, there's a stillness.


 

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