Why Dance Matters

As we are coming up on National Dance Day (July 28, 2012), Nichelle at Dance Advantage has posted the question: “Why does dance matter to you?”  In fact, she’s trying to start a whole movement (dance pun intended) of the online dance community to share Why Dance Matters.  If you want to get involved, check it out at whydancematters.org, tweet #whydancematters to you or follow our Pinterest board (you know I love a good Pinterest board)!

So here’s why dance matters to me:

It’s my job.  
But more than that, it’s my passion.
No, it’s still more than that… it’s who I am.
 
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You would not be able to describe me without talking about dance.  
It’s a link between my past and my present.
It’s what I do when my soul needs mending.
It’s the joy that I want to share with my students and friends.
It’s a universal expression of joy and love and emotions.
 
It has created a community of people in my life whom I love and who I feel like I’ve known my whole life (online and offline).

 

It’s wordlesscommunication.
Dance is part of me.
 
 
Join the project and share why dance matters to YOU!

January Blog Challenge: Personal Dance Firsts

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Attention all dance bloggers, here is your January Blog Challenge – we're starting off with a fun, personal one.

Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to share a picture and story of one of your "dance firsts".  First class, first show, first shoes… whatever inspires you!

The Details

  1. Choose one picture that represents your dance first
  2. Share your story
  3. Include a link back to this post (Permalink: )
If you participate, leave a comment below with the link to your post so we can share in the fun!

UPDATED JAN. 29, 2012 – Here are all the participants so far:

And with that, here's my dance first…. 
My first dance performance!

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Merry Christmas!


I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!  The Dance Buzz and hubby traveled to Western New York for the holiday to visit Mr. Dance Buzz’s family.

I can’t believe how quickly the end of 2011 is rapidly approaching… I spent the day at the studio preparing recital costume orders, gathering up lost and found items to donate and rehearsing some of our performance team kids who came in over break.  Trying to tie up some loose ends before we begin the start of our busy season filled with competitions and recital preparations.

TOP DANCE BLOGS 2011
Thank you for everyone who commented on our 2011 entry into Top Dance Blogs – we didn’t make the finals for Top 20.. but go on over to Dance Advantage to vote for the blogs who did!  I’m excited to find some new blogs to add to my blog reader.

If you want my advice (and why wouldn’t you?), The Dance Buzz’s favorite blogs on the list are Maria’s Movers and Adult Beginner.  If you don’t know who to vote for, I recommend one of these blogs!  But don’t take my word for it, check ’em out!

SURPRISE COMING SOON… GET READY!
I have somewhat of a surprise for other bloggers to be revealed this week that I hope will inspire some dance bloggers to participate!  Sorry, can’t tell you now… you’ll have to check back later this week.

Think of it as a virtual Christmas / New Year’s present to you from me 🙂

Dance Studio Season Opener

Today was the season opener at my dance studio.  I don’t teach on Saturdays, so I worked in the office and got to sit back (ha!) and observe for the first part of the day.

On Saturday mornings, we have many of our preschool classes and I always love watching kids experience the joy of dance for the first time!  I overheard a little girl tell her teacher, “I couldn’t sleep last night because I was so excited to do ballet!”

It’s also fun to watch the first-time parents… nervous that their child will follow directions or like the class – as a teacher I used to think the parents were watching me, until I had a niece take class and all I wanted to do was watch her!  We had a lot of dads bringing students today, which is also funny to see their reaction to “Daddy, look at my plie!”

After our morning classes, our performance team danced at a local community event (free advertising!) and then I enjoyed the rest of the night off!  After our first week back, I plan to take my office manager out for some margaritas… we’ve been working so much overtime these last few weeks to get everything ready for today, I think its high time for a night out!

If your studio opened this month, congratulations on a new season!  What did you do on your first day “back to work”?  Did you feel prepared?  Stressed?  Relaxed?  Hopeful?  Leave a comment!

New Years Goal Setting (aka: Resolutions!)

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday… mine is still going on as we are having Christmas with my Dad's family tomorrow.  It was great to have a few weeks off and I feel refreshed and ready to take on 2011!

I wanted to share my New Year's resolutions with all of you, even though some are personal.  I am definitely a goal-setter.  I like to write down goals, post them somewhere I can see because what's more important than setting goals is checking in on your goals.  If you set them and then forget.. there is no progress or reminders.  Its important to check in and remind yourself what you want, whether its daily, weekly or monthly.

1.  Eat healthier
2.  Grow my business / find a building
3.  Continue blogging
4.  Attend a dance conference
5.  Plan a wedding
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