Year: 2018

It Was a Cold Morning

I usually get up in the morning in a great mood. I feel like dancing about my apartment to get my circulation going and ready my mind for the day ahead. Sometimes when it is cold, I hesitate to leave the warm comfort of bed, but then…duty calls. I have obligations. One time, I recall that when the water heater failed to do its job, I couldn’t take a hot shower. I had been dancing the night...
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Finding the Time to Dance

I really love to dance. I have since I was six years old. Now that I teach pretty much full-time, it can be a challenge to find the time to dance just for myself. I do enjoy teaching steps and routines to my students. I love watching them grow and learn, and I especially love seeing them perform once they have mastered the techniques and routines I teach them. But when I am teaching, I am not...
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Recital Night!

Tonight is dance recital night for the studio. Months of work have all been leading up to tonight for the students and now it is their time to shine. You’d be surprised at how many clichés I can throw into one sentence. I’ve got more but I’ll spare you and get back to the recital. This time around, I’ve got two classes performing. One hip-hop class and one salsa class. I liked teaching...
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A New Assignment

So Zumba is still a thing that people do and now they’re not content to just take classes at the gym like any other fitness craze. People have been asking for them at the studio too. It also means my boss Janine decided we are going to start offering it. And by “we,” she meant me, because her classically-trained body doesn’t need any Zumba. Those are her words, not mine. I am used to...
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Teaching Different Age Groups

At the place I work, we teach a variety of different classes and age groups. I haven’t really decided whether teaching the younger kids or the older kids works out better for me. The older kids are usually thinking about colleges and boys and dance companies while little kids are more interested in having fun. So some days, teaching the little kids is a blast and I walk out of the studio at...
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Dancing Changed My Life

My mom signed me up for my first dance class – the Littlest Ballerinas – when I was six. According to my Nonna, Mom wanted to take ballet classes and it was too expensive, so she didn’t get to. Which meant my dancing career started so she could live vicariously through me. My older brother, charmer that he is, tells me that the reason Mom signed me up was because I was the chubbiest...
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