October 15, 2018

For the last few months I knew in the back of my head that I really should be writing a new blog since my last one was in December 2017 (ugh). I never wanted my blog to be forced. I wanted it to be a topic that found me. This subject just kept popping up in my head.I have started to realize recently that I do seem to say the same things over and over again at the studio. (and I sometimes feel like I annoy parents a little because I repeat myself a lot) So here are a few I believe I say a lot and why I say them.

“If you are not having fun...why do it?”

I found myself telling the above quote to students in the last few months of the season last year during classes and rehearsals and then to the parents in discussions about classes, rehearsals, and competitions. Even as I was typing this quote now I also had a realization. Wait, thi...

December 23, 2017

I have been planning to write another blog for months. I CAME up with ideas, but I always felt it was forced just out of necessity. I didn’t want that, I wanted it to come naturally. Recent events have just made me think that I need to find a way to express feelings and events that have occurred lately in the 2nd season of the studio. Or maybe I just felt like I had to document them, even if only for myself.

My first year of studio ownership was such a whirlwind that looking back it was almost like I was on autopilot. The decision to open the studio happened so quickly that decisions were made almost out of necessity instead of taking more time and thought, but that is what it had to be at the time. This year I felt more of my vision, my plan and my passion come through. The funny part is that it was not a SET plan. It just came...

April 2, 2017

I just finished up my first season of competition as a studio owner and ended up with this odd feeling. Although I am now dealing with doing all the things I need to do from my "I can deal with that when competition is over" list, I needed to put down in writing what this feeling resembled. Even though it has been 23 years since I planned my wedding, I remember the feeling very well. So, this is how I explain why my first season of competition as a studio owner was like a wedding.

As soon as I got engaged I remember the thoughts that go through your head. It is every single detail of the wedding all in a mush and completely disorganized. Well same for competition! When I was working last summer on planning our first year, competition was a big part of the planning. I started with making a folder that included ideas, choreographe...

September 3, 2016

No, this is not a blog about why you should GO to Stepping Out Performing Arts Center. It is a blog about why it is NAMED Stepping Out Performing Arts Center. A few days ago I hung three posters in my studio. Two were movie posters and one was a show poster. From what movie and show you ask? WELL, the movie and show is Stepping Out. Most people who have come in this week have looked at the walls and said "Oh so that is where the name came from, I didn't know it was a movie". So yes, this is where the name came from, but the explanation is not that simple. Stepping Out is a 1991 movie starring Liza Minnelli and was also a 1984 play done in London as well as on Broadway. I have loved this dance movie since the first time I saw it and for those of you who know me, you are probably not a bit surprised. Any dance movie, good or bad,...

July 22, 2016

You are never too old for a dream to come true! Why I am opening a dance studio at 43 years old.
    Life is all about choosing a path. Which path will lead you to where you want to be. Or where DO you want to be? Is it the right path? or the left?
    As a child who loved to dance I think probably like most young dancers I dreamed of owning a dance studio, but like all children, being an adult seems so far away that usually those dreams end up in the vapor like being an astronaut or President of the United States. 
     Circumstances change and life goes on. Every decision I made lead me to this point. I didn't go away to college, went part time at night so I could work during the day. If this decision was different I would not have met my husband at the early age of 20. Popular decision or not I got m...

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