Blog Posts

Finish Strong

For families with kids in recitals, it's easy to be motivated to show up at classes the last weeks before the performance. We know just how important those final sessions are to feel totally comfortable in the dances. But for people like us, who go to...

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Difficult Lessons

Something I've always been weak in: humility. Something I got a big crash-course in this week: humility. This week the directors of our dance studio were gone on a much-needed vacation. I've been living vicariously through their trip thanks to Instagram....

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Organizing Life

We're busy. Whether we work outside the home or not, just the fact that we're raising dancers means our lives take on a rhythm unique to the dance world. I may have an exaggerated schedule, because in addition to dance classes, I'm also working at the...

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When they’re not dancing

My son is a constant ball of energy. If he isn't dancing, he's riding his bike, playing tag, or surfing (if we're fortunate enough to make it to the beach). My daughters, on the other hand, aren't nearly so active off the dance floor. My eldest only takes...

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New swing of things

We've known this was coming for a long time now, but it finally actually happened. January brought the start of a new dance studio, Blink Christian Performing Arts Center. It's at our church, run by a couple who taught us previously at a different studio....

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Being a Misfit

Recently, I've been realizing that I've always felt like a little bit of a misfit. When I was in college, I was one of a whole bunch of music education majors, but the instrumental program was much smaller than the vocal. And in the clarinet section, I was...

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Those difficult meals

I don't mind nights when the kids have a lot of dance classes in a row. I don't mind, that is, until I remember I have to make a meal that I can take with us to the studio. Something I can make hours ahead of time that can be eaten cold out of the cooler...

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Getting Dance Pictures

I have a tip for all of you moms of dancers. No, it’s a plea. You’re going to assume it’s because I’m a dance photographer that I wrote this. That it’s to get more money in my pocket. But no. Part of the reason I am a dance photographer is because of this...

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Tooting Your Own Horn

For some people, it's as natural as breathing to talk about their passion. It seamlessly fits into every conversation and they become known for the thing they do. For the rest of us, though, it feels like we automatically become a used car salesman if we...

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Hurdles

I have a draft of a blog post, all about how I've decided to push myself to a new and scary goal: to get to a full split. I intended to hold onto it until I got to the full split, at which point it would be a huge celebratory post about how you can achieve...

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Simple Beginnings

I bought my daughter a tutu when she was 1 1/2 because all toddler girls should own a tutu. She adored it. She wore it all the time. Then when she was 2 1/2, she got a leotard, skirt, and ballet slippers for Christmas. She adored those, too. So when she was 3, we put...

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Making a New Start

It's summer. Most of us are taking a breather from the chaos of dance schedules, though summer intensives and master classes keep us fresh. It's also a time when we may be preparing for a new experience in the coming year. Whether you've just moved to a new town (or...

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