I’m a huge fan of dance classes, but probably not for the reason you think. Yes, my sister Kaley and I own the studio but that’s not the reason I’m such a fan of dance classes. It goes way beyond any kind of business discussion.
I’m a huge fan of dance classes because they change people’s lives. I know that sounds corny but it’s true! From young little 2 year olds to mature adults, dance classes have an outlet to gain confidence, achieve goals and learn how to work with a team.
Now, you’re probably saying, Amy – come on. No two-year old is going to learn all that. Well, I would beg to differ – politely. I have seen two-year olds begin the year as a twirling vortex of energy (we love those two-year olds and man, if only we could bottle that energy!) and by the end of the year they know how to stand on their spot, follow directions, keep their personal space, put their shoes and belongings in a dance bag and are proud to stand on the stage and dance for Mom and Dad!
I had the cutest little girl in a summer class years ago. I’ll call her Brittney. Brittney brought her imaginary friend to class every week. And unfortunately, her imaginary friend, (who incidentally was Timothy the Mouse – from Dumbo) was not a good influence on her. Her parents were a bit tired of Timothy but didn’t know how to get Brittney to let go of him. So we began in dance class. The first week Brittney and Timothy were not good listeners and we talked about listening and following directions so we could do more dancing. The second week was better but Timothy had to have his own spot on the floor. By about the fourth or fifth week, Timothy didn’t stand on a spot on the floor. He sat by the mirror and “watched.” And then the magic. The last week of classes, Timothy was gone. Brittney enjoyed the whole class without Timothy and her dad was completely amazed. I’m not a psychologist but there was magic in those dance classes that literally changed how Brittney saw the world and how she fit into it.
I am so grateful for that teaching experience because it showed me the responsibility we have as teachers to create an environment where miracles can happen.
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Stay tuned for Part 2 next week!
--Miss Amy :)
Miss Amy: I love teaching kids and watching that "A-ha!" moment happen when all the dots connect and the light bulb goes on! There's nothing better!