Keep Smiling, Even When You Don’t Want To

Dancers are actors. We use our bodies to tell stories, and your face and head are part of your body. Any time I see a dead-faced dancer during a performance, I lose all interest. We teach our dancers that facial expressions and emoting are just as, if not more, important as having proper placement of your limbs.  Even when you are out of breath and about to collapse on stage, your job is to tell the story. If that means keeping your giant smile on, then you better smile! Mini lyricalHow does this translate?

We all know those overly emotional people at work, on Facebook, in our friend groups. The ones who over share or can’t seem to hold it together. Life can throw some pretty unexpected and tough situations our way, no doubt, but sometimes we just have to put on a happy face. We have to do it for those who depend on us. Stay positive and face each day with a smile, and the world will smile with you!

This is just one of the amazing lessons that dance teaches people of all ages. Interested in starting your dance journey? Click here to trial a class for free.

Something to Look Forward To

In this season of new, fresh starts, I’m reminded constantly how fun it is to have something to look forward to. All week we have had students and parents coming in to register, and we’ve heard comments like, “She has missed it so much,” or “She’s been asking about dance since June!” Back to school was always fun for me; I like routine, I like to learn. I’d get to see friends I hadn’t seen in a couple of months. But, back to DANCE?! THAT’S THE BEST THING EVER. *says Kate’s 12 year old self*

Back to movement, back to dance friends, back to creating and learning. I’m so happy to freeday9be providing a service that kids and parents look forward to. The thing about dance, though? There is ALWAYS something to look forward to! A performance, a competition, a class, a new costume. Dancers also get to look forward to accomplishing goals and acquiring new skill sets. We will be having our 10th Annual Holiday Benefit Performance on December 11th, and soon we will start preparing our classes. A full 10-12 weeks out from the performance our dancers will start learning, preparing, and talking about the show. By the time it comes they will be so excited!

Sometimes, as adults, we look so forward to something that when it comes we have built it up too much in our heads. My hope and mission is to fulfill every part of what our dancers look forward to each year, each performance, each class time. Thank you to all our dance parents for giving us, and them, that opportunity! We are “looking forward” to a great year!