Let’s celebrate dance! by Suzanne Blake Gerety Director of DanceStudioOwner.com

It is time to put some of the fun back in dance.  This is what National Dance Week inspires us to do. Get out there and spread the excitement and celebrate all the joy that dance offers.

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You are the dance advocates, the believers, and the passionate teachers.  You do make a difference. Thank you!

Here are some ways you can share about all the fun you are going to have, plus celebrate what you create during National Dance Week

#1. Snap and share photos and share on your studio’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Use a free app such as Pic Stitch to create a collage or add patterns, overlays, text, or effects to your images.

#2. Schedule some social media updates in advance so that you can enjoy the moments but keep the conversation going. This will make you feel organized and right in the middle of the celebration. Use the Facebook scheduler or app such as HootSuite.

#3. Celebrate dance with color! Print this dance activity coloring page and use with your younger students. Use it as a conversation starter about what they love about dancing or have them decorate your classroom or waiting areas with completed pages!

We can’t wait to see what you’re going to create this year!

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Suzanne Blake Gerety is the Director of DanceStudioOwner.com, the leading online resource to help start, run, and grow your dance studio. She is a long-time columnist for Dance Teacher Magazine’s “Ask the Experts” and is the 2nd generation owner of Kathy Blake Dance Studios in Amherst, New Hampshire.  

 

 

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Love Your Body Week: teaching body positivity through dance by Mary Pisegna Gorder

It is no secret that dancers have complicated relationships with their bodies. On the one hand, our bodies are our art, our livelihood, and our means of expression. On the other, as we train in dance, it is easy to feel as though we are fighting against our bodies—like we are being held back by our physical limitations and by the ways we don’t measure up to our industry’s ideals. This paradox was the impetus for creating Love Your Body Week. Managing and facilitating Love Your Body Week is by far one of the most rewarding parts of my job, and having it as a part of our studio calendar each year makes me proud to be a faculty member at All That Dance. During Love Your Body Week, we take time out of each class for activities focused on fostering healthy body image in our dancers. It is our goal to create a culture of kindness among our students and staff, and to cultivate an environment that is accepting and supportive of all sorts of dancers and body types. We certainly aren’t trying to diagnose or treat any disorders, or to claim any sort of expertise in that area (though we offer contact information for professional resources to dancers or family LYBW NW (2)members who express interest). As so many dancers do, I struggled as a teen and young adult with my own body image issues. I have known what it is like to be consumed by negativity and self-doubt, and, as such, Love Your Body Week is very close to my heart. Helping young dancers navigate their own road to LYBW photo 6self-acceptance is such important work, and it is an honor and a joy for me to be able to devote so much of myself to that cause.

Love Your Body Week at All That Dance was started in 2005 by my dear friend and mentor, Rachel Stewart. As teachers, we all witness those distressing moments where our young students experience body dissatisfaction. Rachel was struck by one such moment in particular, when some of her 5-year-old students were comparing the sizes of their thighs.  Rachel was compelled to work to counteract the negative messages about our bodies present in the media every day, and also to acknowledge the additional pressures that young dancers face. Rachel approached our studio founder and director, Maygan Wurzer, who supported the endeavor wholeheartedly. Maygan’s vision for her studio was always one of a warm, supportive environment in which all dancers, regardless of body type, can feel at home.  It was clear to her from the beginning that Love Your Body Week would be an excellent addition to her program. We started involving student leadership in 2006. Rachel collaborated with another instructor, Emily German, to work with the members of our chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA). These high school dancers are in our highest technique levels, and on top of maintaining high GPAs at school, they are very involved in our studio community. They participate in dance-focused service work, and Love Your Body Week has become a big part of that mission.

I started working with NHSDA in 2009, and it has been such a pleasure to continue to build Love Your Body Week. As our NHSDA Chapter Sponsor, I work to develop the week-long curriculum each year and oversee the facilitation of the event. For me, watching teens take ownership of Love Your Body Week is always what is most exciting. NHSDA members begin the event by spending a Sunday afternoon preparing and decorating the studio. Each year I am truly amazed by the enthusiasm that these students share for Love Your Body Week, and their investment in its message. As the week progresses, NHSDA members visit classes to lead activities with younger dancers as well as with their peers. Each student writes or draws something that they appreciate about their body and tapes it to the mirror. For our littlest dancers, this means choosing a favorite body part to draw a picture of and thinking about what that part allows them to do. Older children pay compliments to their classmates and to themselves. Teens dive into deeper conversations exploring body positivity through a number of lenses, such as the way an individual’s energy can influence those around them, or the value and potential pitfalls of a dancer’s relationship with the mirror. By the end of the week, our mirrors are completely covered with positive words and images about our bodies. This makes a powerful visual statement about focusing on the things our bodies can do rather than on what we look like—not always an easy task for the young dancer.

At the beginning, Love Your Body Week felt revolutionary, and in some ways it still does.  However, I think what is most significant is seeing how normal and expected it is for our dancers now. Love Your Body Week is just as much a part of our annual schedule as our year-end performances. It is a beloved studio tradition, and most of our current students don’t remember a time before its existence. These dancers have grown up with the clear and intentional expectation that they be kind to one another, as well as an understanding that it is important to also be kind to themselves. These are the things we want them take with them into college and adulthood. It is our hope that our dancers leave us as graduates not only with technical proficiency and a solid work ethic, but also with an appreciation for their bodies and for the joy that can be found in dance.

Teaching young artists is an enormous responsibility. As dance teachers, we have the ability to empower and to inspire. We can help to shape the way our students perceive themselves, the way they connect to dance, and, really, the way they process the world around them. It has become clear to me in my own teaching that confidence and a sense of self-worth are hugely important in the development of artistry. As I watch my students grow and mature, I can clearly see that when a dancer believes she has value, she is more willing to push herself, to take risks, and to put herself out there and be vulnerable for the sake of her art. I know that we can’t save all of our dancers from ever experiencing feelings of self-doubt or insecurity. We can, however, do our best to invest in each of our students, to help them feel acknowledged and supported, to help them see and appreciate their gifts and the potential that they each hold. I also know that Love Your Body Week can’t serve as a band-aid, and that we can’t solve any of these problems simply by spending one week talking about them. We must be mindful about how we interact with our students and the messages that we send them throughout all of our time with them.

Love Your Body Week gives us a chance to step back and remind our students, and ourselves, to be grateful for what our bodies do for us day in and day out—that we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to dance, and to share in that passion with those around us. At All That Dance, we believe that if we are able to create a positive and encouraging environment for our dancers, they will leave us with enough self-assurance to be able to maintain their love for dance in many different contexts. Some will choose to pursue dance in college or beyond, others will not. Either way, we want to help them find a greater appreciation for themselves and help ensure that their time as dancers constructively influences their identities throughout their lives. Working with children and teens as they negotiate complex questions of body image is challenging, even heartbreaking at times. Dancers have complicated relationships with their bodies, and that fact may never change. Still, as dancers, we can also become exceptionally connected to our bodies, a truth that can influence who we are in so many wonderful ways. Dance can build us up, teach us to push beyond our limits, fortify our minds, and embolden our spirits.

Mary Pisegna Gorder is a dance instructor, Ballet Department Lead and National Honor Society for Dance Arts Chapter Sponsor at All That Dance in Seattle, WA.  She teaches children and teens ages 4-18, and holds a B.S. in Psychology with a Minor in Dance from the University of Oregon.IMG_0575

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Dancerprenuer by Susan Epstein NDWF Board Member

It’s my new word.  I have come to realize that we are more than dancers; we are creative innovators, reinventing ourselves over and over again, sometimes at considerable risk.  That’s the perfect word for us – Dancerpreneur.  Dancers are often multi-tasking – performing, teaching, writing and working all at the same time.  Sound familiar?  How do you know your one? Sure you’re focused and dedicated, but you are more than that.  Here are the signs that you are a Dancerpreneur.

  • You’re Passionate
    • This probably the most important and telling sign.  There will be times when you have no performing work, you haven’t had a call back in a while, your students aren’t progressing like you want, your choreography is stuck, you keep interviewing for that arts admin job, but you don’t get it – in other words it looks the everything is just BAD – yet you continue – you push on – you don’t give up.
  • You’re Creative
    • And you use that creativity to solve problems.  Entrepreneurs are infinitely clever.  You have resources but more important you are resourceful – using what you have to get where you want to go.
  • You Take Action
    • Dancers have an action based problem solving approach and more times than not just “go for it” rather than over analyzing a strategy and spending time writing a detailed plan.
  • You have too many good ideas – all the time
    • Your brain never stops working.  Some people call it the “Shiny Penny Syndrome”  You know, all your attention is focused on the penny you picked up until they see a newer, shinier penny (a new idea) and you completely forget about the first penny. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on the one shiny penny in your hand.
  • You need to keep moving
    • You have an enormous amount of energy.  You find that you are still focused and hard at work when others around you are ready to stop.  Your energized approach is what makes you stand out.
  • You take chances
    • Many times you have an idea you want to pursue and everyone will tell you you’re crazy, or that it will never work, or that it will fail, and you do it anyway.  You are the ultimate optimist.  You know that your hard work will pay off.
  • You’re highly motivated
    • Something inside you makes you go.  You don’t know what it is, but it pushes you forward.  You don’t have to rely on someone else to inspire you, you inspire others.

If all this adds up to you, welcome to my world.  Dancerpreneurship is a difficult and rewarding pathway, but it is so much fun!  So follow your dreams and make them happen, it’s a lifestyle worth living.

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Susan Epstein – West Park Productions and NDWF Board Member

 

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NATIONAL DANCE WEEK in ST LOUIS by Linda Green

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Eighteen years ago I attended a dance convention whom the director of was an acquaintance. We spent time talking during lunch and he asked if I would be interested in organizing an event in St. Louis that would celebrate National Dance Week. He told me that NYC was holding a public performance event with hopes to revive the celebratory week.

As I pondered what I could potentially do and how it could be meaningful, it occurred to me that for the many years that I had been a studio owner in St. Louis, I always felt that the city had a “lonely” dance community. Studios were not connecting with each other in any significant ways and there was no reason why they could not and should not do so. If I could organize a day of dance involving likeminded dancers on one stage, then that would be something to celebrate.

And so it was decided, I would offer an event that was reflective of the quality of dance in our community, unify the dancers of our community, and ultimately positively impact our community.

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Our first event was held in 1997, at the St. Louis Union Station. Our tiny stage consisted of wood squares that measured about a measly 12×12 feet placed on a concrete floor. Union Station generously told me that they had a sound system we could use, but unfortunately, to avoid the terrible static sound emanating over the speakers, my poor husband had to delicately hold a cable in place for our entire one and a half hour performance (for those of you who have been performing for decades, you know these struggles all too well). I believe we had about six groups that performed…we made it through and had a decent audience. All in all it was a lovely day,   what more could you ask for?

Since my youth, growing up and performing in NYC, I have possessed a dedication and passion for dance and have always welcomed hard work. Now, in the eighteen season of National Dance Week, I am thrilled to tell you that our event is highly recognized and anticipated among the studio owners, dance company’s, university company’s,  dancers and audiences alike. The excitement and enthusiasm among the dancers and artistic directors has become a very strong presence at our event where now we feature over 50 studios and dance troops.  We actually have to turn dancers away due to time constraints.

The audience overflows the performance venue (still held at the St. Louis Union Station) and we are a featured event by news outlets throughout the city.

A number of years ago we established the annual St. Louis NDW Honorary Dance Company Award which is given to a dance company which has shown both dedication and passion in their work. Over the years that honor has gone to MADCO, aTrek Dance Theatre, Afriky Lolo, The Slaughter Project, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Viva Flamenco, The Big Muddy Dance Company, Missouri Ballet Theatre, and Ashleyliane Dance Company, the 2015 awardee.

We have also had the honor to include guest artists and speakers such as the Kansas City Ballet Company, Alvin Ailey, Jo Rowan (Dance Chairman Oklahoma City Unversity), and Michael Uthoff (Executive Director of Dance St. Louis) to name a few. We have had the pleasure to hold various master dance classes and injury prevention workshops.

The local businesses who have been steadfast supporters helping to make our event a success since the early days of inception are; Dancewear Solutions, for our beautiful marley covered 40×25 raised stage; AudioActive Projects, who provides us with a professional sound system and sound technician; Jonathan R. White Photography; DanceArt Graphic Design for our website; Eureka Sign and Display for our stage banner; Union Station, providing the performance venue; Stages Performing Arts Academy; Edison Theatre; and Enterprise Bank and Trust.

To sum up, the reason I continue year after year to spearhead this event, along with a dedicated committee working with me, is because I can see the synergy and enthusiasm that has developed over the past 18 years. When fifty dance company’s come together to heighten the awareness of dance and expand dance education to the public by presenting a day of dance and a multitude of dance disciplines…something special happens.

I am proud to say that our event is a testament to the thrill an audience receives being entertained and the positive impact performers have as a result of one single word…  DANCE!

Please visit our website www.nationaldanceweekstl.com and Like us on Facebook!

Peace,

Linda Green

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What’s In Your Dance Bag?By Shantha M. Wilson, R.D.

In my last column, we discussed sports nutrition for dancers and its importance for peak Shanta Marchperformance, for the body to repair itself daily, and for injury prevention.  It is such a large topic that an overview of sports nutrition for dancers was all there was room for.  This column will focus on how to apply the principles of sports nutrition to your daily life.  March is National Nutrition Month!  So tell me, what’s in your dance bag?

In summary, to properly fuel your body and avoid injury, dancers need adequate carbohydrate, protein, fat, and water.  A good guideline to remember is no more than 10% of your daily calories should come from sweets or empty calories.  An average female dance athlete needs 2,000 calories per day which means 200 calories or less come from treats.  Eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible that are made up of mostly whole, unrefined foods that retain their nutrients and fiber.  Right before, during and after an event, think of fueling more than nutrition.  At these times, eating refined or processed foods make the most sense so that food is digested easily and energy can get to muscles quickly such as a sports drink, protein bar, or protein shake.  It is important to include carbohydrate and protein in the post workout/recovery window.  Recovery nutrition occurs 15 minutes to one hour following exercise.  Be sure to eat a small amount of protein along with carbohydrate at each meal and snack to maximize muscle building and repair.

Sample Menu:  Meals are fresh,     whole, unrefined        Snacks are easily digested and portable

Breakfast:                           AM/PM Snack                                         Lunch                                           Dinner
12 oz smoothie of            1 oz string cheese & 15 grapes          Turkey sandwich on whole                        3 oz grilled chicken or                                                                                                                                                                                             fish
Fresh berries,                    or 10 almonds & small apple                wheat bread w/tomato, spinach                      ½ c brown                                                                                                                                                                                                       rice
2 oz nonfat milk,               Protein bar or shake                                6 oz lowfat yogurt                                         ½ c broccoli or                                                                                                                                                                                                     spinach
4 oz vanilla Greek yogurt              Water                                              Canteloupe                                                             Tossed                                                                                                                                                                                                     green salad

Perfect Snacks for your Dance Bag

1 oz string cheese & bunch of grapes

10 almonds & small apple

3 T. Hummus with sliced cucumbers or red bell pepper You can buy single serve packages of hummus at grocery store or Costco

½ peanut butter or turkey sandwich

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Make sure there is not a lot of added sugar in protein bars or smoothies.  Too much protein at once can also make you feel sick.  Your body can only digest so much at once.  Personally, I find more than 20 g of protein from a bar or protein shake to be too much.  Remember, stop and go athletes (dancers) require approximately 1.5 g protein/kg body weight.  Meaning a 120 pound female dancer would require 82 g protein/day and a 160 pound male dancer would require 109 g protein/day.

Hydration – Water Should Always Be in Your Dance Bag!!

Elite athletes may be 75% water by weight!  It is important to replenish fluid that you lose.  During training sessions of two hours or more, drink 16-20 oz. sports drink or water and a few pretzels or crackers.  Drink an additional 64 oz. of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. You will know you are drinking adequate water if your urine is not dark yellow.  If it is dark, make an effort to drink more water throughout your workout sessions.  With the right snacks containing some protein and carbohydrate and plenty of water in your dance bag, you can dance for hours!

Shantha M. Wilson, R.D. received a B.S. in Clinical MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERADietetics from Brigham Young University.  She has worked as a dietary director for Sunrise Healthcare Corporation.  She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and is in private practice.  Shantha offers consultations and classes for dance studio patrons to make life easier and healthier.  She participated in dance and cheerleading in her youth and competed in ballroom dance during college.  Shantha resides in Arizona with her husband and three children and works as a freelance contributing editor.  She also started ShOvation Online Ticketing which is another service offered to make life easier for dance studio owners and their families.  Contact:  shanthawilson@cptg.com.  This content is copyrighted and used by National Dance Week with permission.
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Team Up With National Dance Week 2015 by Anneliese Wilson – ABC for Dance and NDWF Board Member

Keeping your studio or company name in front of the public is a challenge for most dancers.  Paid advertising can be effective, but costly and sometimes it’s hard to know how to get exposure otherwise.  Teaming up with National Dance Week can help you get your studio or company’s name out to the public.Flash Mob Flash Mob pictures 2012 - 3Jane's Dance Boutique 3

The adage “You don’t get something for nothing” is pretty much spot on when you are looking at marketing, but that doesn’t mean it has to cost money.  If you want exposure in the press or through mainstream news media, you need to either pay for advertising or do something news worthy to be recognized for.

Press releases, while great, aren’t going to allow you to announce your upcoming class registration or announce your summer camps for free.  They will however let you announce and share the word about community service events or promote special events that have a charitable side.  Here are some ideas that might help you get some recognition in your local press –

  1.  Become a National Dance Week Representative.  You will receive a press release announcing your status that you can submit to your local news media outlets, as well as a certificate stating your status to display in your studio.  Representatives are invited to share all of the events they organize in celebration of National Dance Week through the NDWF calendar of events and social media channels.  For more information on becoming  a representative, please visit http://nationaldanceweek.org/representatives/
  1. Cross produce an educational event – free to the general public – with a local orthopedic or sports medicine professional to discuss safe training or injury prevention for dancers.  You should choose someone who’s philosophies are in line with your schools to best promote both programs.  iadms.org has a list of clinical professionals who are knowledgeable about dance.  This might be a great place to build a new collaboration.
  1. Have your company or competition teams perform at hospitals, nursing homes, veterans’ organizations or other service minded venues.  Take some great pictures and then submit them to the local press after the event.  Make sure you have releases from everyone in the pictures and if your dancers are from other towns, submit to their local papers as well.
  1. Participate in the NDWF Dance Mob. Short on time, use the choreography available free on the National Dance Week website.  Draw some attention to your dancers by having them wear the eye catching 2015 Dance Mob Tee Shirts available with your company or studio name printed on the back.  Gain more publicity afterwards by capturing your group on video and participate in the Dance Mob competition.  For more information, check out http://nationaldanceweek.org/dance-mob/main/
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A Special Thank You by Cathy Graziano Executive Director

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National Dance Week Foundation is honored to thank both Curtain Call Costumes and UDMA for their donation in the name of Patrica Goulding

National Dance Week was formed in 1981 by a group of dance related organizations who began a strong “grass roots” movement across the United States to bring greater recognition to dance as an art formTighe King of Tighe Industries/Curtain Call Costumes was one of the founding companies and then in 1991, UDMA  made the commitment to National Dance Week as a part of a campaign to actively encourage the growth of Dance in America.

The “grass root” aspect of NDW continues and is, in fact, largely the reason for the tremendous growth. Over the years NDW Spokespersons have included: Chita Rivera (1994), Gregory Hines (1995), Paula Abdul (1996), Gus Giordano (1997), Ann Reinking (1998), Shirley MacLaine (1999), Debbie Allen as Celebrity Spokesperson and Joe Tremaine as the Education Spokesperson (2000), Sandy Duncan as Celebrity Spokesperson and Luigi as Education Spokesperson (2001) and Ben Vereen as Celebrity Spokesperson and Jo Rowan as Education Spokesperson (2002).  The 2003 Spokespersons were Fayard Nicholas as Celebrity and Jo Rowan as EducationSpokesperson followed by Tommy Tune as Celebrity and, once again, Jo Rowan, as Educational Spokespersons for 2004. The famed Radio City Rockettes® served in fine fashion as the Celebrity Spokespersons with Frank Hatchett as Education Spokesperson, for 2005 and 2006. With tap and jazz having been so ably represented through our national spokespeople over the years, the 2007 Celebrity Spokespersons, John O’Hurley and Charlotte Jorgensen brought the American Ballroom presence into the NDW celebration while the Classical Ballet field was represented by the 2007 Education Spokesperson, the esteemed David Howard. The 2008 National Representatives are continuing that same balletic presence and bring the prima ballerina to the forefront with the illustrous Cynthia Gregory as the Celebrity Spokesperson. Another who has taken her bows as a principal is the highly respected Roni Mahler who is serving as the Education Spokesperson for NDW 2008.

NDWF is dedicated to honoring all dancers, choreographers, teachers, students and inviting all to “Celebrate Dance and Promote Fun Fitness”

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Is Dance A Sport? NOT!

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Image: Sharen Bradford, www.thedancingimage.com

It’s an age old question, talked about more today because of all the dance competitions and TV shows.  A recent article in the Huffington Post put it all in prospective for me.  For a long time I was of the opinion that dance was not a sport, it is an art form. And this article confirms it for me.  In sports there are winners and losers.  The players are in it to win.  Dancers dance for many reasons.  Unless they are participating in a competition, they are not dancing for the trophy.  Dancers dance because of how it feels.  And what is the definition of a dancer? One who dances.  This is the long, graceful ballet dancer, the earthy, weighted modern dancer, the interpretive hula dancer, the fiery tango dancer, the elegant ballroom waltzer, the street wise hip-hop dancer, the person with Parkinson’s dancing for life, the high kicking Rockette, the musical comedy gypsies,  the injured using dance for therapy, the kids in the creative movement class, the sexy Apache dancer, the couple dancing in the kitchen as they make dinner, the father dancing with the bride, the recreational dancers and the serious dancers.  We are all dancers at some point in our lives.

Dance is one of the oldest art forms. It was how we first communicated.  It tells a story. It evokes responses.  Audiences are not required to like it or understand it. Sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t.  But we have to get past judging the tricks and allow ourselves to feel.  When you are moved by how it feels to dance you soar, and when you are moved by what you see it becomes theatre and allows for the “willing suspension of disbelief” and transforms into pure magic.

Here is a link to the article in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/05/ballet-dancers-to-follow-on-instagram_n_6612876.html

 

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Dancer’s Inc – Dance Power Award by David Palmieri

As the CEO of Dancers Inc., one of the leading Competitive Dance companies in the US, David Headshot CroppedI’m no stranger to the competitive dance environment.  Dancers Inc. hosts events from coast to coast, and meets thousands of talented kids from a multitude of incredible dance studios all over the country.  I’m also a dedicated dance Dad, with two daughters who have been dancing collectively for over a decade. I’m heavily involved in their dance education at their studio, as well as fully invested in how they prepare, preform and conduct themselves at competitions.

Being a dancer takes dedication, drive, and determination. These are the lessons Dancers Inc. strives to pass along to all of our participants as they perfect their dance craft.

I can relate to the desire to instill a level of commitment and dedication in young dancers. At Dancers Inc., we try to play an active role in our competitors dance education by incorporating unique dance experiences, tailored to broaden their perspective. We provide an inspirational and positive performance environment. Competing and learning dance is not an easy task; for the dancer, the teacher, or the parent. It’s called a discipline for a reason. It’s hard work. In order to achieve your goals you need passion, drive, and above all, the willingness to accept criticism and take corrections.

At Dances Inc., we use the Dance Power Award to honor and recognize both individual dancers as well as dance studios who we feel help promote the same ideals that we strive to impart to every dancer that walks through our door, or steps on our stage.

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Thank You

There are times in our lives when we are privileged to follow in the footsteps of a true inspiration and difference maker.  As many of you know National Dance Week Foundation is near and dear to my heart because of its ability to encourage and motivate others in the community to celebrate their love of dance. It is a truly an inspiring foundation created for and supported by anyone and  everyone who enjoys dancing.  For many years this was led by Patti Goulding.  NDWF wishes to express its thanks and gratitude to this inspirational difference maker who built and laid the foundation from which I am able to continue on.Patti Goulding

Patti Goulding, former Executive Director of National Dance Week, passed away on Monday, February 9. Many UDMA members know that while National Dance Week was still under the auspices of the UDMA, Patti worked tirelessly to spread the word of the benefits of dance, and take the truly grassroots effort to be a part of many communities across the country.

She developed the regional delegate program, recruited many of the celebrity and educational spokespeople that came on board, worked with Angelina Ballerina to develop a partnership, and got many non-dancing and dancing folks alike to be involved in National Dance Week events. Prior to coming to National Dance Week and the UDMA, she operated her own dance studio and raised her family in Pittsburgh, her hometown.

It has been my privilege and honor to carry on in the tradition that Patti has set for NDWF. Please join me to help make National Dance Week April 24-May 3, 2015 the best ever.

Cathy Graziano

Executive Director NDWF

http://slaterfuneral.tributes.com/obituary/show/Patricia-Ann-Goulding-102172043

 

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