Living in the north, winter is a tricky time for dancing. At times, roads are closed because of too much snow or ice, colds and flu run rampant, and/or it's very cold and no one wants to venture out of their warm, cozy homes. However, winter can also be a time for us to consider attempting new things. It's a great time for us to reflect upon how we want to live Maybe we want to shed a few pounds that we put on over the holidays, or perhaps we want to try something new. Or, maybe we want to continue with an activity that we are very passionate about.
Dance has always been my passion. It fulfills so many things for me. It allows me to trim down any unwanted weight gain, keeps me energized (in order to gain energy, we need to expend energy), and lastly, but most importantly, it feeds my soul. I love looking out my window in my dance room (Dance Nook) to see the beautiful snow covered trees and grass while I'm dancing. My dance room offers me protection from the elements, while at the same time, allows me to see the beauty of winter while I engage in my beloved activity.
As I age, I have come to enjoy all the wonderful seasons that I am blessed to experience in this northern climate. As a teacher, choreographer and dancer, I have the ability to arrange my classes according to nature. So, in the winter, my classes are a bit more gentle. I want my students to be able to warm up their bodies in a safe method. This is somewhat slower than how we work in the warmer seasons.
When we are sufficiently warmed up, I introduce exercises that continue to strengthen and stretch the body. This occurs in an atmosphere of inspiration. I like to keep my students inspired as they dance. They have turned to dance because they experienced it at some point in their lives (by observation or practice) and want to recreate this enjoyment. I want them to keep their joy of dance and have committed to make my classes a positive experience for all my students.
We work hard but we have a lot of fun at the same time. My classes are never boring. I want my students to excel at their own healthy rate and have a good time while working. If dance becomes "just another thing that I gotta do?" what's the point? To me, dance is the most beautiful activity that I can do and I want to pass my love for this art form onto to others.