Artisan Dance Studio simply has the best students. Get to know some of them, and their passion for dance!
1. What made you decide to take your first ballet class?
I’ve always been drawn to dance. It was never something I thought about doing as a kid, though. I was mainly in to competitive diving and gave that most of my energy. Now that I’m adult and my competitive sport days are long behind me I wanted to try something new that would still challenge me physically and mentally. I didn’t actually think that adult dance classes existed until I wanted to sign my daughter up for dance lessons. That’s when I heard about the beginning ballet workshop. That was the perfect introduction to dance for me. It moved at a slow enough pace that I could follow along but was still exciting and challenging. After the workshop I had to continue dancing!
2. What is your favorite part of class?
All of it! Can I say that? I truly love every part of ballet class. From barre to turns to combinations across the floor, each part is challenging in its own way and its exciting to see the improvement I make each class. I love how athletic it is but also artistic. You really have to focus and be very aware of your entire body and what you’re doing. Plus smile on top of everything else!
3. What’s in your dance bag?
I actually don’t have a designated dance bag. I throw my shoes in my purse, which doubles as a kid/diaper bag and run out of the house. I have everything from my phone and wallet to diapers and wipes, snacks, hair pins and an extra pair of tights.
4. What do you do when you’re not at the studio?
The majority of my time is spent taking care of my two little ones (ages 4 and 2). They are a handful. When I’m not getting them something to eat or drink or cleaning up after them (which feels like all the time) I’m taking them to playgroups, gymnastics, dance, school, running errands, grocery store and everything in between! I do find time in the day to exercise (usually while the littlest one is napping) and then its usually time to cook dinner. I enjoy cooking but it usually takes about an hour longer than the recipe says it will because I’m either mediating a disagreement or getting snacks and drinks (seriously they eat all the time!)
5. How has dance made a positive impact on your daily life?
It as made me more confident and not as afraid to take risks. As I’ve gotten older I’m less inclined to go out on a limb and try new things. When I was younger I loved performing for other people. I don’t remember being shy or nervous about it. I even did an Ace Ventura act for my middle school talent show! Over the years I became more self conscious and aware of what other people thought. Now it feels like I’ve fallen in to a groove and tend to take the safe route. Dance has helped me break out of the mold I’ve created, and has allowed me to be more expressive and unafraid .
6. Do you have a favorite dancewear combination? What are your must-haves for class?
I say “when in Rome” when it comes to dancewear. This is the only time I will ever get to feel like a dancer so I want to look the part. I like the classic tights, leotard and skirt. I only have two leotards right now but of course there are about 10 I’ve put in my online shopping cart but I haven’t pulled the trigger yet.
7. What are your goals for your dancing in the future?
I would love to dance on pointe. I would be thrilled if I could become proficient enough at dancing on pointe to perform in an Artisan Ballet Company pointe piece. I have also always wanted to learn to tap dance. That will be my next adventure!