SELL IT When it’s Simple

In classes last week we were doing a complicated combination across the floor. Very few students were able to grasp the choreography 100%, but they were given 3-4 “moments” where, no matter the skill level, they could nail the step and “sell it” with their energy and face. Inevitably, many of the students completely threw away those easy moments because they were frustrated with the harder steps. If I were a judge in that moment, and that combination was an audition, I would have rather they bungled every technical aspect of the combination and really performed those 3-4 simple moments with confidence.

fullsizerender-1One of our students who does a lot of auditioning graciously shared a story about an experience that had a lot of impact on her. In a huge ballroom of hundreds of dancers she got called up on stage for one simple opening move. Why? Because she SOLD IT. She messed up the rest of the choreography, but that one, simple opening move, that she did with confidence, hooked the viewer.

And so goes life. How often do we let the hard things that we don’t quite grasp mess up the easy things that we should be confident about? It’s one thing to be able to fake it until you make it, but whole other thing to be able to sell it when you really know what you are talking about. Just another thing that dance is teaching our dancers each and every class.

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That “Feel-Good” Feeling

I recently took a pretty extended vacation from the studio. In addition to the normal 2 weeks off for school I took a whole extra week and traveled Europe. It was amazing. I won’t lie and say that I was all that eager to get back to my normal routine, as wonderful as it is. I wasn’t really quite ready for the grind.

That said, I had the most amazing week back from vacation.img_6285 All my anxieties, all my fears about returning to work have melted away upon watching these dancers laugh, create, play and enjoy the studio. It has made me reflect upon the things that really make me happy, or give me that “Feel-Good” feeling.

I got it when I watched moms watching their babies trying something new at Free Day of Dance. I got it when my EDC dancers were laughing and cheering each other on in our first competition. I got it when I saw a group of nine 3-4 year olds playing the most adorable game of Freeze Dance ever with a teacher that was beaming.

I hope that what we do here at Lonestar Dance Center is providing dancers and families with hundreds of “Feel-Good” feelings every day. I hope that stressed-out moms, over-scheduled kids and sometimes under-appreciated teachers are cherishing each of these moments. I’d love for you to pass along this amazing gift of dance to a friend in 2017. Direct them here for a free trial class!

Everything I Wasn’t

**Today’s blog post written by Lonestar Dance Center instructor Alexis Parmentier.

Growing up as a competitive dancer meant carrying the weight of improving myself and skills daily. It was a heavy weight to carry. To improve my self image, technique, and skills was a lot to handle from age 8-18. I always had the thirst to feel confident in the way I looked in a leotard, or in shorts and a crop top. The image I saw in the dance world around me was not the image I could pull off. I wanted to have a little bit of everyone else. I wanted to have legs that were a little longer, that had a lot of strength. The stomach that had no curves, but just enough so I looked decent in my convention outfit. I wanted to have the feet that any dancer would kill for. I wanted to be the dancer who got scholarships. I wanted to be everything that I wasn’t. fullsizerender-2
As an adult now, married and teaching dance for a living, I can comfortably say it isn’t about what you aren’t. It isn’t about receiving first place. It isn’t about receiving a scholarship at a convention. From age 8-18, not once did I ever receive a scholarship. I wasn’t the girl that got to get her name called and go up on stage to collect that fancy piece of paper. Dance isn’t about getting noticed from ‘celebrities’ and ‘famous dancers’ off social media. It isn’t about the number of likes you get on the video you post. You have to think back to why you started dancing & know who you are.
I am a dancer. I am a strong, dedicated, joyful, crazy dance teacher who loves the word dance. I love dance because it is an art. I feel led to move to any song I hear. To dance wasn’t just to move my feet, it was to embrace my passion behind the art and express who I was. It was about being the best version of me, whether others saw it or not.
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