It Takes a Village
Every Thursday, from 7 – 8 pm, I teach our semi-classical class. During this time, for months, our dance moms who used to hang out in our waiting room became running buddies. So every Thursday they would come dressed in their running gear, drop off their kids to class and go for a run. They went on to complete a full marathon together.
It’s stuff like this that warms my heart. A few years ago, they were strangers to each other. Now, they’ve found a supportive group along with their kids.
One of my favorite things about our studio is the community it offers. Over the past 5 years, I have watched endlessly as new students (kids and adults) have come in and found a place to belong.
They see each other every week, wish each other happy birthday on the group chat, share life events, get excited when a new student comes into class and some even find their best friends. I love when I see our students at each others birthday parties, at the local beach together or even when dance moms remember other students food allergies.
It allows our studio to become more than just a space for classes. Our studio becomes a home raising creative individuals, empowering the youth, and providing a supportive space for those who are looking for a positive environment while still having fun.
It does take a village.