A Season for Heartache

It is naive to think we will always be in a season of celebration or a season of fun. Part of life is hardship and heartache. We will lose people we love, and we will find ourselves in situations that we never imagined experiencing. It is impossible to know how we will deal with these emotions of heartache until we are deep into a season of it. rise up

At Lonestar Dance we want our dancers to pour their heartache into their art. This can come in the form of creativity. Choreographing or improvising to music that moves you can be a therapeutic and healthy way to deal with the stresses and emotions of a Season of Heartache. We have a company “rule” that you leave your baggage at the door. The stress of your home life, the bad grade you made at school, the loss of a friend or loved one, or the break up from a romantic interest. It isn’t easy to do, as these feelings tend to permeate every activity and every interaction. Sometimes we turn off the lights, play music, and literally watch kids weep as they move through music and let out their grief.

The other therapeutic part of coming to dance is how wholly engaged you must be during class. In order to focus on technique or pick up choreography you have to be 100% present. You tend to forget, just for a short time, about the other things going on in your life. It is a rest. It is a break. We want that for our kids.

Interested in joining us? Summer classes and camp schedules will be available 3/1!

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A Season for Youth

Too often we expect our kiddos to grow up too fast. To have too much responsibility, to take life too seriously. From time to time we all tend to have conversations and use tones of speech that do not foster a positive experience around kids. Too easily they take on our adult stresses and lose their innocence as they listen to the adults around them. They too often learn to be cynical or petty as they hear their mentors or parents speak to other adults. Being a mentor or a parent is a tough job. We all hope to raise these kids to be kind, honest, responsible and discerning, but it is hard to remember that we once had a Season for Youth. vip mini jazz

In the dance studio, we try hard to remember that young dancers are easily influenced by what they hear, and that they are only little for a short time of their life. We want to let them be little and to build a love for Dance and a love for self-expression. While we want to hold them to a level of responsibility and hard work that is appropriate for their age or skill level, we do not set unrealistic expectations for perfection. Instead, we like to encourage a personal best.

Different mentors, teachers, parents and organizations have different thoughts about how hard to push kids to succeed. At Lonestar Dance our mission is to inspire kids to express themselves with confidence. This doesn’t always mean we are easy on them- tough love can be an integral part of pushing kids to be the best version of themselves- but at the end of the day we want them to feel appreciated, admired, and passionate about their art. We don’t want to push so hard that they resent their teachers or the world of dance. We want to respect their Season of Youth.

Interested in joining us? Summer classes and camp schedules will be published by 3/1!

A Season for Beginnings

Beginnings can be scary. Starting something new can bring about an unparalleled source of anxiety as you face the unknown. We are creatures of habit who like things the way we like them, even the adventurous among us. When starting a new job, a new class, a new project we have to trust that the experiences we carry with us will hold us up through the inevitable trial and error of a new beginning.

In the dance studio, there are seasons for beginnings as well as seasons of comfort. Each school year we find a new rhythm as kiddos settle into new classes, new pieces, new friend groups. We teach kids how to adapt to new starts again and again, and also how to appreciate the level of comfort you have as you learn what to expect from certain classes, teachers and team mates. freeday6

This is something we get less familiar with as we grow older. As school children, we had to learn how to adapt all the time. As adults, we tend to hold more tightly to our comfort zones and our routines. We are less likely to try new things or start over. I hope that the dance studio is instilling a sense of adventure and excitement around seasons of beginnings in our dancers, and I hope they carry this with them as the grow. The anxiety may never go away, but it’s all in how we harness that nervous energy and give it all we’ve got.

Interested in joining us? Registration for spring ends Friday, 2/15! Summer classes and camp schedules will be available by 3/1.

For Everything There is a Season

On March 10th Energy Dance Company, along with a few of our older recreational dancers, will be performing our 6th Annual Matters of the Heart in Zilker Park. This show took root in the spring of 2014 as a mission to marry dance with stories and feelings of self worth and seeing worth in the lives of others. This year’s theme is “Seasons.” Not seasons like Summer, Winter, Spring or Fall, but seasons of life. moh 2018

We must believe and hope that everything will happen in its own time. That the steps and actions that we take today toward our goals will bear fruit. That even failures are not steps backward, but experiences from which we will learn and grow. For everything there is a season! Seasons for youth, seasons for redemption, seasons for laughter and seasons for tears. Seasons to dance, seasons to grieve, seasons for love.

Over the next few weeks leading up to our show, we want to take some time to explore some of these seasons and how they relate to dance here on the blog. Be sure to tune in!

See more details about our show here.