Reach for the Stars
What are your dreams today? How far does your reach extend?
When I first dreamt this crazy idea of having a dance studio of my own, thoughts flew in a thousand different directions. But remaining constant was the idea that it should not be like any other.
And so, our theme...
Like many schools of dance, we have our recital theme; however, rather than saving it for June, it is our theme for the year. My hope is that throughout this dance season, "Reach for the Stars" becomes who we are and what we do. Not just for Dance First dancers, but for our teachers, friends, and families.
As children grow, I hope they look back on this time and this experience and set their sights on limitless possibilities. When they are discouraged, weary, may they find something from their dance days to lift them up, and to remind them to Reach for the Stars.
Adults, these moments are for you, too. Realize that it's never too late to Reach for the Stars-a lesson I learn...
still am learning...
May you all find this place a place of growth and encouragement and safety so you may try, reach, fail, try more.
In these ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre classes, I am not just teaching dance. No. These are life lessons. We dance with our whole body, inside and out. Bones, organs, muscles, skin, heart, mind, soul. Past our fingertips and beyond the tips of our toes. We sing, smile, dance: make it fabulous. How, then, could we succeed in our first attempt to execute a step? We will not learn our choreography flawlessly the first time. We will try and many times we will fail, just as in life. Then those beautiful moments of understanding will come. We will try again. Maybe our execution won't be flawless yet, and maybe it never will be, but it will be better, and deeper, and our new understanding and respect for the art and the discipline will make itself known to ourselves and our audience.
Here we live by the words of Samuel Beckett. "Dance first," he said, so we do.
"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better, " so we shall.
A Note to My Precious Friends Who Saw Me Through the Journey to This Day:
Many times your voice was distorted and difficult to hear, as if you were so far in the distance I could not be certain I really heard you. Or as if we were in one of those dreams where mouths move without sound. But you kept on, until what was barely a whisper echoed loudly in my soul. And so here we are today, the first day of classes at my new studio, and here I am, writing from that raw, inner place I don't like to acknowledge or reveal. Thank you. This year, this art, these shows, are because of you and dedicated to you.
And to Our Dance First Families:
Now you, your children, your friends' children, strangers who will become friends, come together on this road that is like no other: this road that is the dance life. It is art, expression, work, dedication, education, and a joy you can share. Together we will grow, love, applaud, weep, travel, laugh, glitter. Together we will Reach for the Stars.