The six-year-olds in the ballet class wander into the room by twos and threes, chattering between themselves, laughing and pointing at each other, spinning practice pirouettes before landing on their bums. They’re excited to be here, happy to be moving their bodies, and run to their teacher when she walks into the room.
An hour later, a mixed group of boys and girls are learning a new hip hop move. The middle school students are easily embarrassed when they make a mistake, but their teacher encourages them anyway, and before long, all the students are learning the new combination and having fun. The music is contagious; even as you walk past the studio, you can’t help but bob your head in rhythm, and tap your toes.
Later on, the older teenagers show up. As they enter the room, they also laugh and talk with each other, but they are more subdued than the little girls were. They’re more serious. By this time, these young women and men have been dancing nearly their entire lives. They’ve learned the discipline they need in order to get progressively better. And they’ve learned that in a group performance, everyone’s best effort is necessary or the whole thing looks bad. After practicing their routine without music, when the music is added, you can see the smiles break out as they demonstrate how masterfully they’ve learned their parts!
This is just another day at Dance Force Studio!
My name is Lynn Hadden-Quinn. I’m the director of Dance Force Studio, and this is why I love my job so much. When I get to provide children of all ages, from many backgrounds, the opportunity to move their bodies, work in tandem with a group of peers to create something beautiful, and build skills that serve them for the rest of their lives, I know we’re doing something right.
While I’ve been a professional dancer in many different venues - and most of our incredible instructors have also - we know that most of our students are here because they just love to dance. Or they love to be with their friends. Or they derive tremendous satisfaction from having set and achieved a challenging goal.
I have many parents tell me they love how their child has the chance to find their emotional creativity while in dance classes. And how their child suddenly begins to do better in school because they’ve learned how to master something challenging. And how their child’s self-confidence has grown after just a few months in class.
All this, and more, is waiting for your child in Dance Force Studio dance classes.
Then get your hands on our free 7-day pass and try out all the classes you’d like, for a week! Let your child discover his or her new passion!
And if you have any questions, you can contact us at (413)786-0660.
See you at the studio!