What To Love About Teaching

Plain and simple. What we love about teaching.

Watching a student realize they are capable of doing something they never imagined they were capable of.


Inspiration Contagion

"She spins and she sways to whatever song plays, without a care in the world. And I'm sitting here wearing the weight of the world on my shoulders."

Real life is difficult to escape. You get up in the morning, pull on your work clothes, pack a lunch and head out the door. Then, you're met with traffic because somebody bumped into somebody and both decided it would be best to "settle" this in the middle of the street instead of pulling over to the side. You arrive at work 5 minutes late and flustered. There's already a voicemail waiting for you, half a dozen e-mails asking, "Has this been done?" And then you remember: You left the lunch you packed at home. Life kinda goes like that.


Happiness is a Rather Large Task

Within the last two years we have realized something that we were never told would be our own responsibility. Our parents, our school teachers, our Sunday school teachers, the girl who taught us how to swim, our dance instructors, the teenagers who came in as part of the DARE program telling us to "just say no" to drugs, our college professors: Nobody, not a single one of those, told us.

How were we supposed to know we are responsible for our own happiness!


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.


Teaching: Following their Journey

Here's the thing about being a teacher: You have to believe in molasses. It's a long, slow process that involves giving and taking away. It takes patience and hard work, but in the end you're left with something very sweet.

Becoming a teacher is one of the best choices we've ever made. Our students - regardless of age - have opened our eyes to new realizations, feelings and opportunities.

The first day you start teaching, you'll feel nervous but confident in your dancing. Then, you step into the classroom with 12 pairs of little eyes looking back at you with their hands on their hips, and then you'll realize teaching dance is far different than taking dance. Questions will flood into your mind: Where do I begin? Where do they come from? What do they know? How do they learn? How fast? How slow? How do I make them feel comfortable with each other and me and themselves and dance? What can I give to them that they will carry with them forever?

Young teachers want quick results. But as you grow (as an individual and as a teacher), you'll come to respect the process, and the time it takes.


Samely same

Plain was the same as it ever was the same.
Plainly plain...
Samely same...
But then...someone lit the flame.
Plain rode away on lion's mane.
Where plain met fruits with strangely names.
Such wonderful things they did contain.
A shot of life to a hungry vein.
The captive beast who broke the chain.
And there upon that fruited plane,
is where plain became what plain became.


Lessons on "Being Cool"

As dance teachers, we are around ages 12 to 18 on a daily basis. Not to mention we are with them in a room full of mirrors. We remember being that age, and we also remember the insecurities, anxieties and frustrations that came with those years. There was so much pressure to "be cool" and yet, we couldn't tell you what "being cool" meant exactly. So let's see.  Let's figure out what "being cool" means.



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