We absolutely consider our dancers leaders of the future. Leaders in their school groups, leaders in their peer groups, and, eventually, leaders in their places of work. Not only is our main mission to inspire kids to express themselves confidently (which every leader needs), but there are many tactical skills they are learning as well.
Leaders have to be good at time management. Our dancers, especially those who dance multiple days per week, have to learn how to manage their extracurricular activities with their school work. As a daughter of educators, I am a firm believer that school comes first. When a dancer is failing a class I’d rather her be late for rehearsals to attend her tutorials than to be at dance. Dance is a privilege that only comes to those who can manage their homework loads.
Leaders have to empathetic. Leaders have to be able to walk in someone else’s shoes and allow that to change the way they think or behave. Part of dance is telling stories. This requires dancers to think outside of themselves and imagine a feeling or a situation that they may not have encountered personally. If the story for a routine is about the loss of a loved one, but they have not yet lost a loved one, they have to imagine it. This is building their empathy and their ability to think beyond their own experiences.
Leaders have to be respectful. Not only are we trying desperately to teach these kids how to respect their teachers and mentors, but we are trying to teach them how to respect each other. How to be kind. How to listen. How to disagree with someone yet still work with them side by side. These are all qualities that will make fantastic leaders someday.
Interested in joining us? We will reopen online enrollment on December 1st, and spring classes will begin January 7th. Click here for our current class schedule.