Carolynn's Blog # 1
It’s such a pleasure to welcome you to my blog for Dance Nook. I hope you have a terrific New Year!
A bit of my background:
I was born to a wonderful mother and father who encouraged my God-given talents. My mother, Marjorie (Hupp) Hine was a professional teacher and dancer in Chicago in the 1930s and early 1940s. My father, Robert P. Fine was a loving father who was a World War II veteran and spent 9 months in a German prisoner of war camp. I only mention this because he made a vow. He decided that if, and when he was released, he would be a wonderful husband, and hopefully, one day, a wonderful father.
I can say that my dad was truly my hero! After many years of marriage, my parents were unable to conceive (this was because of the flack and other bomb debris that my dad was exposed to). Finally, 10 years later, on February 1, 1949, I was born. I was richly blessed to grow up in a family who understood the benefits (and pitfalls) of a performing arts career. My parents' perspective on the arts: When all else fails, the arts can lift up your spirits. We can think of the musicians that continued to play music as the Titanic succumbed to the waters. Legend has it that Anna Pavlova, a famous Russian ballerina, performed her port de bras (arm movements) from her famous solo dance (choreographed by Michael Fokine), “The Dying Swan” on her death bed.
My parents noticed that I enjoyed following my mother around the house as she danced. Yes, she even danced while she dusted the furniture. I was her little shadow. I loved to bring joy to people through dance and they encouraged me to continue. I’m still doing it today!
I began studying classical ballet. Later, other dance classes were added: jazz, tap, modern dance, ballroom, African dance, Mexican dance, Native American dance, Spanish classical dance (escuela bolera), flamenco, dance exercise and sacred dance. I love it all!
I’ve had opportunities to perform professionally, teach and receive my doctorate in dance education (Ed. D.). I’m excited about sharing dance with others and continue to teach.
I really believe that dance is a wonderful activity for all ages. It can benefit the dancer as well as those who observe the dancer. We are made to move. I will be 70 years old on February 1, 2019 and am still dancing. I love it and will never stop. In fact, I actually love being old! When the good Lord calls me home, I will continue to dance for Him!
Every age has its perks. Don’t let naysayers make you feel that getting old is something to fear. It really is something to look forward to. We, as young adults, middle aged adults and elders have the advantage of sharing out wisdom (and healthy lifestyle) with out youth. We can be a positive role model for them.
Throughout history, many cultures have engaged in dance as a form of praise and worship and community activity. Dance is a spiritual, mental and physical art form that is great for our overall well being.
Studies have shown that physical exercise (including dance) reduces depression. Studies have also proven that dance staves off dementia. The reason: dance offers physical exercise, the dancer must remember the movements, consider correct technique and, finally, stay in time with the music. Dance also has social benefits because of other people in the class. If anyone is interested, I have several articles that I am willing to share.
I am very excited about beginning 2019 with the joy of dance. I hope you will join me in this beautiful art form.
Classes currently offered:
Adult Intermediate Ballet Monday 5:30-6:30pm
Adult Dance Exercise Monday 11:00am-12:00pm
Adult Intermediate Flamenco Tuesday 6:00-7:15pm
Children’s Ballet/Flamenco Saturday 11:45am-12:15pm
1 class a week for 8 weeks $100.00
2 classes a week for 8 weeks $160.00
3 classes a week for 8 weeks $180.00
4 classes a week for 8 weeks $190.00
Children’s classes are $60.00 for 8 weeks
Classes continue throughout the year. The payment is due every 8 weeks