What we want your child to take away from Dancing at VanDance

 

Apart from the obvious things that dance teaches like poise, grace, physical fitness, body awareness and how to carry oneself, dance also teaches life lessons that we hope will be carried with our students throughout life.

  • Time Management-how to juggle the busy dance schedule, keep grades up and participate in family and friend events.
  • Unwavering Dedication-how to prepare yourself to the best of your ability for class, festival, exams no matter what-by working hard. You have chosen this activity, follow it through to the best of your ability.  Sometimes dance will cut into your personal life free time.
  • Discipline-to put in the time, in and out of class. Dress properly, do your hair properly, work hard.
  • A “thick skin” and Perseverance-not always will you be the “best”, deal with it and get back to business. What is important is that you continue to work to be your best!  It pays off.
  • Creativity-let yourself explore ideas, always!
  • Team Work-learn to work with others, they aren’t always your best friends, but respect the work they do. Always be kind and respectful.
  • Overcoming Fears and the knack of problem solving-That solo feature spot in the dance, that step you still can’t get but need to show in class, the step you forget while performing onstage…mistakes happen. Learn from the fears and figure out how to fix it so it doesn’t happen again.
  • Stress Management-Learning that there are ways to avoid stress by using your time properly, by putting in your practice time and by preparing to the best of your ability.
  • Passion-Students learn that doing something you are passionate about is the most rewarding, fun experience possible.
  • It Isn’t always fair-Both success and failure will be experienced. There will be highs and lows.  Those who are successful learn early how to deal with the lows.  Even though you feel like you deserve the highest mark, the solo spot, the compliment, sometimes it doesn’t turn out that way.