Post-Dance Year Musings
I promised more words, prettier ones. And here they are. I've divvied my thoughts up by class, so you don't have to read the whole she-bang if you do not wish to.
Stars on Stage (Monday)
My little drama babes. You made what was always a tough day so much sunnier. We had so much fun this year! We were silly. We played games. We learned to listen to each other, as we learned to listen to our music. We talked about our feelings, even on the days that we didn't know the words to say for what it was that was going on in our hearts that day. We learned that it's ok to be scared. We learned that there is a place for silliness, and that silliness itself is SO important. I am so proud of each of you, and I have loved getting to teach each and every one of you so very much.
Musical Theatre/Jazz Level 1 (Monday)
My Monday night chickadees. Y'all. We worked HARD this year! Your dance was crazy intricate, and required WAY more math than I usually pretend to know. Girls? You nailed it. From the moment that I decided that was the direction we were going, I saw each and every one of you set your jaw, and decide that you were going to dominate that choreography. Dadgummit, you did it! You were so, incredibly brave, and unafraid. Your example helped to get this woman through a scary year. I know that doesn't make sense just now, but know that you girls gave me courage when I needed it, and I will never take that for granted. Thank you for the honor of being your teacher this year, ladies. I can't wait to see how far you go!
Twinkle Stars (Tuesday)
My dear sweet littlest ones, I am so proud of each of you! Each and every one of you learned so much this year, and it showed out there on the stage. Some of you were afraid of walking in the room without mom, and just getting in the door was a huge win. Some of you were extra confident, and learning to wait for your turn to walk down the balance beam took a crazy amount of self-control. No matter where you started at the beginning of the year, that's not where you were by recital day. All of you learned so much more than just how to stand on your toes, or how to "click-clack step". We read stories. We helped each other. and we learned to use our words to say what we needed to communicate. I love each and every one of you, and couldn't be more proud of you if I tried.
Musical Theatre/Jazz Level 2 (Wednesday)
Y'all. Y'ALL. I can not believe the work that we did together this year! We went from struggling to stay on the same foot when walking across the floor, to being able to stay on the same foot while in the air AND throwing sass left and right! We learned to act. We learned that our passe foot has to connect. We learned that doing the dance perfectly was only part of the battle. You learned that there are good days, and bad days. But that the bad days are infinitely better when you put music to your troubles and DANCE. You kicked all kinds of butt this year, ladies. and I can't wait to see each of you continue to grow and flourish.
Dance for Musical Theatre (Wednesday)
My darlings. You all blew me away this year! Your professionalism was unparalleled, and I know many grown-ups who can't rise to the occasion the way you guys did. Three times. You guys survived without me for three separate shows, a total of 9 weeks. You respected your sub (shout out to Mr. Dominick who held down the fort), and you worked HARD every time I was gone. Your dance was a hit, and y'all were the creepiest hyena-esque things I have seen onstage in years. That's a good thing, babies. Y'all were wonderful out there, and I am so honored to be your teacher!
Rising Starlettes (Saturday)
My sweet Saturday morning angels! You guys learned SO MUCH!!!! From learning to wait until the end of the story to get up to fidget, to waiting for it to be your turn to ballet walk across the room solo, you all did so well this year, and your performance clearly showed just how much you learned this year! You watched out for one another, and you helped each other remember our dances. You remembered that dance is a team effort, and not a solo endeavor. You all did so well in your dances, and I am so proud of each and every one of you. Keep dancing, babies. This world needs your big hearts, and your dancing will make all the difference.
You ladies. You are freaking super heroes. You were able to not only take care of your own freaked out kiddo, but at least 4 others. You made sure their bows were tied, and that they had on the right headpiece, yes. But what you really did was maintain calm. You helped my sweet ones make it from the dressing room to the stage without a meltdown, and while the 9 months leading up to the recital is a long time, it's not as long as that walk down the hall to the stage. You read them stories, wiped tears (and noses), told them that they COULD do it, that it would only be a little bit longer until their turn. You sacrificed getting to relax and be in the audience to enjoy the show so that they could all be ok, and that did not go unnoticed. I know that I was running around like a crazy person, and that it didn't seem like I was paying attention, but rest assured; I was. You guys are the real MVP's of recital weekend, and there is no way that I can ever re-pay you all for the peace of mind that knowing you were back there gave me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.