Has your child ever come to you and said they want to quit something? Maybe it was a board game or a homework assignment, or a project they started and weren’t motivated to finish. Maybe it was an activity you signed them up for after school; maybe it was even dance.
Although it tugs at our hearts when a student says they want to quit dancing, we know there are bound to be moments in any educational environment when a child feels frustrated or wants to stop. In dance, they might feel like they’re not catching on to the steps quickly enough, or they think they’re behind because their attendance has been erratic. Maybe they express boredom or say they’re “too tired.” Occasionally they may develop anxiety about something very specific, like the way their shoes fit or how they feel shy around their classmates. Any of these situations can make a young dancer want to quit, but we believe that more often not, quitting is not actually the answer!
As we begin the last full week of classes in 2020 at Pegasus Dance Studios, my heart is full of gratitude to the wonderful students, families, and incredible teachers and staff. This year, more than at any other time it shows that we are more than just a dance studio. We have stuck together in our belief that dance matters, that the arts matter! The arts have seen us through the most challenging times and we know that we are richer if we can celebrate, express our emotions, and communicate what is in our hearts with music, dance, and art. This is what makes us a community and allows us to be compassionate humans. Thank you for your belief in us, in Pegasus Dance Studios, and the importance of the arts in your families lives. We have an amazing community!
What we know for sure is that our focus is more than the physical development of our students, but on their emotional development as well. We try in every class, whether in person or virtually, to develop empathy, connection, and the feeling of belonging and safety that Pegasus Studios can provide as your child’s “third space”, a space other than home and school that fills their soul.