Dance For Yourself
A Blog For Dancers
Just too, too much going on this time of year! - Competition, Registration for Next Season, Dance Auditions, Recital...For Dancers and just life in general - it's a lot. We all know life is about change - and nothing ever stays the same. I don't like it - always, but it's a fact of life. Here's a few guidelines for Busy Dance Families - or just good to live by regardless......
So... and Well - upon going back through some of our clips from Recital 2016 - I particularly like this song... and of course these dancers..."My Love". Appropriately titled and choreographed by our very own Mr. Derrell Underwood -are some of our dancing girls who love the genre' of Hip Hop. Being in this business a while, I have not always had a love for this particular discipline but being around great teachers, like Mr. Derrell, I definitely have gained a new respect for the recently "coined" Hip Hop. Being the mother of a "Ballet Girl" It was a little hard to learn that you have to go "with the Flow" - particularly in order to reach others who are inspired by Hip Hop. Movement is a language all its own and that my friends is a lesson with in itself. Happy Dancing Friends!
“Team pride is unity within a team, it means thinking of your team-mates as family (or sisters)
So know every time you learn something new or step out to perform, YOU are competing for your family!”
So as life would have it - we just move on - but memories...those can't be taken from us or changed....We do compete at West Main Studios - and I can tell you - we don't always win. We don't specially like it, but we accept it and most importantly we learn from it, count it in our books as a win and appreciate each other and the memories we can take with us. Life is that way, you know. Full of rights, wrongs,laughter,tears and memories....Being a team is core to in group - whether is be a class of dancers or a competitive piece. We count on each other and that teaches us that in life, we DO have to count on one another, learn from one another and be Blessed by and for one another. These girls have done a fine job of that - not only to they appreciate and love each other, they respect each other by their actions. Life is not always a bed of roses, my mom used to say ....but I can tell you this - it is the thorns in life that teach us. The roses adorn us, but is teaches us that the hard knocks in life are what help us with future choices. We, at West Main Studios want to be all of those things - a melting pot of experience not only in dance - but life. Let's go do this --This and Next Season!
So ....for the past few years - we've found a way to celebrate the birth of our Lord ! This Year..."A Classic Christmas" should prove to be no less in celebrations and stage performance! Our Dancers really love this and it shows - We will be presenting - for you..Your Most Favorite Dancers - On Stage, Saturday, December 3rd @ Columbia High School - Tickets go on Sale Saturday October 29th @ 9AM - Be sure to mark your calendars as you will not won't to miss this spectacular performance... Reserved Seating Only (Button Below) - We are excited about this and are preparing daily in our classes! See you there!
Teaching Your Child More About Life & Being Secure In Who They Are~
For many parents, the first image that springs to mind when they think of a child attending a dance class is an image of a confident smiling
child. The child in their mind is probably extrovert and expressive not shy and retiring. Parents of a shy child may feel as if a dance class would not be the place for their little one and as a result may steer clear of this sort of activity. Other parents however have the opposite opinion and see a dance class as the ideal activity for introverted youngsters. So how could dancing be good for your child's confidence?
Many dance schools work towards a yearly performance or show. For the performance to be the best it can be, the children must work together and cooperate. For those who lack social skills, 1the dance class offers a safety net of rules and repetition.
Children become familiar with the routine and in the process, become familiar with the other children. By attending a class with a variety of children who are probably from different schools and locations, a child also emerges from their social comfort zone.
Practice makes perfect!
Initially it may be difficult for a child to master the technicality of a routine. Over time with persistence and patience a child learns that they can get to grips with something difficult. A less confident child will in time come to believe that they can achieve if they focus and work hard. In dance, discipline, dedication and practice are vital. A good dance teacher will encourage each child to be the best that they can be. Important life lessons for every child.
My daughter was recently in a dancing show. Before she went on stage she said that she had 'butterflies in her tummy'. My initial feeling was one of guilt. How could I put her through this at four? What was I thinking? I waited backstage with bated breath. I needn't have worried. When she came back she was ecstatic and excited.
A year of persistence had paid off and the audience loved it. When I watched the performance I was amazed that they were all in time and knew where their feet were supposed to be going even at such a young age. The experience had taught her that even though she felt nervous, she could overcome her anxiety and go with it.
Dancing makes you feel good
Moving to music makes everyone young and old feel good. You only have to look at the way a young baby bops away to a fast beat to see this. Music and dance can take children with low confidence away from their inner concerns and encourage them to express themselves in a physical way.
The discipline of dance teaches a child how to stand up straight and how to express physical grace, confidence and strength. I can remember my own dance teacher telling me to imagine an invisible piece of string coming from the top of my head pulling me upwards. Funnily enough this advice always pops into my head when I am faced with a challenge. I was never going to become a prima ballerina but as a shy gawky child who took dance classes throughout her childhood I would say that the amount of money my parents paid for my lessons was money well spent!
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There is one thing in my life that has always been present. It has always been there for me on my best days, as well as on my worst. It never let me down--no, it always pushed me and encouraged me. It was something that I was never forced into, for it was something that naturally ran through my veins. This is my ode to dance:
......Even though it's been a short while since blogging - one thing remains constant..this life, living our passion of Dance. Read this, it will make a difference. Read this!!! http://theodysseyonline.com/penn-state/an-ode-to-dance/247882
Yeah....We wish we could get all that back.....~ http://theodysseyonline.com/gvsu/35-things-that-made-us-competition-dancers-on-competition-weekends/186478
So Over the Past 35 Years ... I've seen a lot ~ well in the Dance World anyways... The majority of the time it's been a total blessing - some mistakes were made, some lessons were learned, but mostly a book of wonderful memories. Not Only with my Daughter but now - my 5 Grand Daughters! That's right 5 I Said!!!! Read On... Click On the Image below! Worth your time for Sure! Miss Bev
So Being an Ex English Teacher has it's advantages...for one, I think too much. Blogging may not be my forte' at my age, but it peaks my interest in a lot of subjects. I'm always looking for a new, interesting subject - one not tired but true. I often Read Rhee Gold's Blog - He not only offers wisdom but most of the time a very fresh look. He is a well-known author and leader in the dance world. Take it for what it's worth..."Keeping your channel Open" will benefit you as a WHOLE person, always.... :)
We at West Main Studios Like to Have Fun While We Learn! So...to kick off the upcoming Holidays ~ we will start with Dressing Up in our Halloween Costumes the week before Halloween! Good fun, stepping, tapping, leaping, turning, jumping, plie' and on and on... If You Don't have a home for Dance...Consider Us - Our Registration for Year 2015 16 will close November 1st.
Dance Humor for you from an urban definition:
A form of dance that takes every ounce of your time and money. Causes extreme fusturation and anger. The evil slave driver, also called your ballet instructor, takes all of your money and still gives you sometimes, not so desirable parts. High ammounts of stage make-up are required.
Guy: "Can you go to the movies on Friday?"
Girl: "No I'm so sorry I have ballet"
Girl: "No I'm so sorry I have ballet"
Girl: "No I'm so sorry I have ballet"
You get the point....