Monday, March 7, 2011

Because Dance is About More than Pretty Turns & Pointed Toes

Our oldest started dance the month that she turned three.


And she loves it.

Every week she says Tuesday's are her favorite days because she gets to go to ballet and tap.

But, the reason she loves it lies in more than pretty turns and pointed toes. She LOVES Ms. Amanda, her dance teacher.

Ms. Amanda does an amazing job of
*giving each student a feeling of success
*maintaining a controlled environment (even with 16 or so 4 & 5 year olds)
*investing time in the students so they are proud of their performance
*building their self-confidence
*listening to them
*creating a fun, safe-space for students to thrive

I could go on and on. And, I know others would too. When another little girl in Grace's class was afraid to get up in front of others, Ms. Amanda invested TONS of extra time (outside of the 45 minute session) to talk to her and build her up, empowering the young girl to perform in front of others at the recital. She didn't have to do it. It wouldn't be required in the paid for experience. But, she did. And, in the process the little girl unearthed new self-assurance she didn't realize she had. Today that girl is a beautiful dancer.

Ms. Amanda is irreplaceable in our lives. She has created an experience that supercedes anything we, as parents, could have ever hoped for. Through her work, she has gifted Grace with incredible skills that extend beyond the dance studio and make Grace stronger and confident in life. Not to mention developed an adorable dancer. :)

I am so thankful for her presence in Grace's life and can't wait for Hannah to be a part of it next year.

So, this National Letter of Appreciation Day, I let Ms. Amanda know that her time, effort, and personality is valued. Who did you write to?

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