Supporting Our Anxious Students
It’s no surprise that anxiety is rampant among tweens and teens these days—there have been so many unpredictable and stressful moments in their lives. From the cancellation of important events to the adjustments surrounding school, family, and their social lives, our children have been facing numerous challenges that none of us could have anticipated!
At Pegasus Dance Studios, we’ve noticed that some dancers readily express their anxiety in class, often seeking support from their friends and teachers. Others remain quiet, preferring to keep their emotions to themselves. While we would never assume to know a student’s health history, we can’t help but see that more dancers than ever, each in their own way, seem more preoccupied with their worries.
Our observations appear to be confirmed by evidence-based research: Prior to the pandemic, the National Institute of Mental Health noted that 38% of girls experienced an anxiety disorder in their teen years. Then, last summer, the American Psychological Association conducted a study that showed 43% of teens felt their stress level had increased because of the pandemic. Those two facts taken together can only mean one thing: The uptick in anxiety we see in our kids is very real.
April Monthly Minute
Closed from April 12 to 17.
I am ready to unplug and take a break. I usually spend this week finalizing Showcase details and planning for the New Fall Season. I will be doing that, but with nowhere to go and no one to see, I will plan on completely turning off all devices for a few days and plan some solo hikes. I love to hike and explore new places and the outdoors. We are extremely lucky to have so many local ravines, parks and trails. I hope that you and your family find a way to enjoy the spring weather, rejuvenate and maybe even hug a few trees. I hear that is good for the soul!
SAVE THE DATES:
Spring Fling! Friday, April 30; 3-6 year olds 4:30-5:00, 7-10 year olds 5:15-6:15
Katie and our Performance Teams are planning a FREE fun Spring Fling filled with activities and dancing! Watch for more information on the Pegasus Family Facebook page. That's where all the information will be shared first! Please join our Facebook Family page. Not on Facebook, please let us know so we can make sure you get all the latest information.
Interested in finding out more about our Performance Groups, come and join in the fun and meet the Team!
Showcase: May 29 & 30 and June 5 & 6 These are the dates that we have been planning on and posted on our website since last year. Although everything in this year has not gone as planned, and our Showcase will look different, at least we can be consistent with the dates!