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Jan
17

Confidence is Key

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Confidence is one of our greatest tools as dancers (and as humans). Confidence allows us to step out of our comfort zones, try things we previously thought to be impossible and stand out in a crowd. Now, even the most confident dancers are still critical. The best dancers are still able to listen to and take corrections, are aware of the people around them and are constantly correcting their technique. However, we believe the best dancers correct from a place of confidence. They know that their teacher is giving them corrections because they care about their development, they know that they can learn from amazing dancers around them and they know at the end of the day, the most beautiful and frustrating thing about dance is that there is no perfect. Here are a couple ways you can approach your dance class with more confidence.

Listen to compliments.

Listen to compliments as much as you listen to corrections. Even if you don’t agree with what someone is complimenting you about, listen, take it in, and say thank you. Often our mind goes to a negative place when we are complimented. We say to ourselves “Maybe that battement was good but my turns were terrible”. Believe someone when they think you’ve done a good job. Save the compliment for later when you need extra confidence. Maybe your feeling nervous about a performance or about a certain skill you’re still working on. Take the compliment someone has given you and let yourself give it to yourself, for example “I have great stage presence” over and over to help ease your nerves. Compliment yourself, celebrate your successes and to make the dance world a little brighter by complimenting other dancers when you see something you love.

Start saying I can.

You’ve probably had a teacher who hates when you say “I can’t” in class. For teachers, this is a huge roadblock. To us, with those two words you’re saying “I’ve given up”, “I’m not confident in the work you’ve given me”, “I’m not interested in learning new things.” They are the most unproductive, most used, words in the studio. Often when my students are getting frustrated or they let an “I can’t” slip, I ask them to change what they are saying to “I’m still working on this” or “May I have some help Miss Shelby” but really that’s just the start. Forget about “I can’t” and ask yourself what you can do to achieve what you want. Have you listened to the teachers explanations and corrections? Have you asked for clarifications or tips? Have to observed your teacher, assistants or others in the class? Have you given yourself the time, space and practice you need to achieve what you want? Try to stay as productive as you can in all your classes and stay away from the “I can’t’ roadblock to keep your path clear.

Stop trying to look  “cool”

Dance is a performance art. Sometimes the things are choreographer or teacher ask us to do feel weird, unnatural or just down right funny. Who cares? Forget making a good impression or “looking good”. Dance class is a place to let go, to let our bodies explore things they’ve never done before and sometimes experience emotions or stories that we’ve never been through ourselves. Don’t be afraid to make bold choices, to really go for it. You’re teachers are there to guide you and make decisions they think are in your best interest. Trust them. Try everything. Have fun. Look silly. Let go.

Be yourself.

Often as dancers, we hold ourselves back by trying to look like someone else. We see our teachers or dancers we admire and we compare ourselves to them.  We want to be able to look like them, dress like them and of course, dance like them. We’re sorry to break it to you but you can’t. Every body is so different. Our genetic makeup makes us who we are including how flexible you are, how high you can jump, they way our body moves. You can always strive to improve or change these things through study and practice but your body will always be your body. Love  it for what it is. Celebrate your difference. Find what YOU are good at. Find movement and style that feels good for you.  Just like you try to be yourself around your friends, try to be yourself in dance class or on stage. There is only one you. Express and celebrate what makes you special and different and there’s no way you won’t stand out.

Confidence can be hard to find. Sometimes we have a lot and sometimes it seems it can all fade away. If we can find a way to lead with confidence in the studio and in our lives we might mind our dreams and desires come  more frequently and that we might have a little more fun getting to them.


Jan
10

Our New Years Resolution

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Happy New Year everyone. We hope you all had a wonderful Holiday, filled with family, relaxation and lots of fun. We are so excited to spend another year doing what we love. The New Year is a great time to reset, start with a clean slate and set some new goals. We hope that you will join us in our resolution this year. For the studio we’d like to set the goal of lifting each other up.

It’s easy for life to get competitive. As teachers, parents and of course dancers we are all striving to do our best, to get the best results and to make ourselves and the people who love us proud. It’s easy to try to block others out or become solely focused on ourselves to achieve our goals. At In Harmony we hope to create an environment where we help each other reach our full potentials by encouraging, supporting and lifting each other up.

As teachers and staff we often work alone with our students. Once the studio door is closed we teach the class as we see fit. What perhaps our families don’t see all the time at the studio is the great connection our staff has with one another. We greatly respect each others work and try whenever possible to let eachother know when we see it. We ask each others opinions, share our knowledge, ideas and feedback. We deeply care about each other’s families. We are not only colleagues but friends who learn from and encourage each other. Because of this, we believe we are building the best possible studio, with solid consistent training and also a pretty great place to work.

We hope that we can continue this act of lifting each other up into the classroom. As teachers we promise to push you. That is our job, to try to make you the best dancer you can be. We will lift you up with our knowledge, we will celebrate your successes, we will lift you up after you fall. We will do our best to stay positive and joyful and create a space you love to learn in. As students we ask you to do the same with you peers. Congratulate them when they succeed, share your experience with them, help pick them up when they fall. If we can all commit to lifting each other up we can expect an even better studio environment and of course, with our combined effort more success in dance.

Parents, you can do your part to. Along with always encouraging and supporting your dancer, build connection and support with the parents at the studio. Tell a parent when you recognize their hard work. Carpool to give a tired out peer a little more time. We’ve seen friendships built at the studio last years. Help us set the example for your little ones that we set them up for always being supported and supportive.

Whatever goals or resolutions you’ve set for yourself this year we wish you all the luck, success and happiness there is. We hope that you will continue to help us with our resolution of creating a space where dancers and their families feel wanted, loved and encouraged. A place where we can push and lift each other to our true potential. A place where our young dancers can realize that we lift others up, we are also lifting ourselves up!


Dec
18

Holiday Concert 2017

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December 18, 2017

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This past weekend we celebrated the end of the session with our recreational team at our Annual Holiday Concert. We had a wonderful day with 4 packed shows and we have some thank yous to dish out.

Thank you to Stephen Leacock Theater for having us for the second year in a row. Your facility makes it so easy to run our show and we makes us so nostalgic for the days we used to perform when our studio was just starting out. Thank you for having us.

Thank you to our assistants! Each year these young ladies blow us away and yesterday was no exception. From helping the dancers get changed, stay focused, have fun and of course remember their dances, our team of assistants truly make our jobs a breeze. Watching our students become teachers and leaders is the most precious gift to us as mentors. Thank you for all of your hard work this weekend, for giving back to the studio and spending your time with us. We are so proud of you!

Thank you to our teachers. We honestly have the best team of teachers ever. Not only are they extremely talented dancers and choreographers but caring, supportive and amazing mentors as well. Thank you for spending yet another day supporting your students and just being so fun to work with and be around. We are so lucky to have you!

Thank you to our admin staff. We are a small but mighty team! Thank you for all the hard work & support you put in in anticipation of the show. Thank you for working diligently behind the scenes during all four shows to keep us running on time and organized. Thank you to Leah Anna’s family who are such a vital part of every recital we put on!

Thank you to our parent volunteers! Wow, we are so lucky to have you. Again a small but mighty team that helps keeps are show organized and makes the day run smoothly. Belinda, you are a true child whisper, thank you! Glenda, you are one of the hardest workers we know and we thank you so much for help us run the show again this year.  

Thank you families. Thank you for allowing your children to dance. You are giving your child a gift far beyond their steps. Thank you for supporting and cheering your dancer on today and all all days . Thank you for choosing In Harmony Dance. We hope you enjoyed the show!

Thank you dancers! We had an awesome day yesterday. You blew us away with your talent, your confidence and your ability to just have fun! Your passion for dance filled the theater yesterday and we are so proud of all of you. You were respectful, you were positive, you were kind to one another, you were amazing! We can’t wait for 2018!


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