Only Comparing You… to You

As we are starting a new semester we have a lot of questions about the idea of “Leveling Up” as dancers enter their 2nd, 3rd, or even 10th year of dance. A lot of parents and dancers assume that if a dancer has completed Level 1 that they are automatically ready for Level 2. Unfortunately that is rarely the case. It can be hard to hear and understand, but most of our dancers stay in a level for 2, or even 3, years before moving on and up. This does not mean that they are stagnant or no longer learning new or valuable skills!img_6285

There is a lot of room to grow in each path and in each level, and honing in on strength, flexibility and basics will only make a dancer better over time. Reviewing the proper preparation for a pirouette and holding your passe on balance will only help your doubles and triples when it’s the appropriate time to work on the more advanced skill. Reviewing tendus and plies at the barre is something that Ballet dancers will do their entire lives, even as professionals. If you move up too quickly you end up cutting corners on your technique, and eventually you’ll hit a wall where you don’t have the proper foundation to back up more advanced skills.

The hardest part of assigning levels, however, usually comes when a friend gets the invite to advance and you feel left behind. This is usually when we have the discussion with the parent or dancer about only comparing you… to you. Sometimes a dance friend or someone similar in age did get the invitation to move up, and that can be discouraging. However, it may be useful to make some notes at the beginning of the year along with setting some specific skill-based goals. That way, you can look at your progress and recognize your own strengths and limitations. Rather than looking at the dancer next to you, we want you to be able to look at the dancer you were last week, last month, or 3 years ago and acknowledge the growth you have attained.

This is just one of the life skills we teach at Lonestar Dance Center. Interested in joining us? Check out our Fall schedule here! Registration is open through September 28th.

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Energy of “The New”

We are BACK! After a Summer’s-long hiatus from blogging, Fall classes are back in full swing and we will be back each Wednesday with a little insight into the ways that dance affects the lives of our dancers, teachers, parents and onlookers. I usually take this first week of each new school year to come back to our mission (which is inspiring kids to express themselves with confidence), but today I want to talk about the amazing energy we’ve felt at the studio so far this week. Staff photo 18-19

What a special thing to be able to start fresh. As adults, and once we are out of school, it is a privilege that only  the teachers and the seasonal kids’ sports coaches get to experience. The idea that a new season brings a new opportunity for goal-setting, growth, creative challenges and new friendships. I’ve been watching our enrollment build over the last month through our online registration portal, but this is the week it comes to fruition and we get to see how these new groupings will grow together. The energy of our dancers and teachers this week has been so positive that the whole building seems to be glowing with the love of a fresh start.

All this to say thank you. Thank you for being a part of our studio family. Thank you for trusting us with your child’s dance education. Our staff and assistant staff can’t wait to not only teach your kiddo the basic techniques of dance, but also how to love, persevere, respect each other, be responsible, show integrity and walk through life with their heads held high. Not signed up for this season yet? Check out our schedule here!