What I make…

Based on post shared by Tara Anderson featuring a video by Taylor Mali

What dance teachers make:

  • Students who question what can be versus what they’re told must be
  • Students who willingly work with students who are different from themselves, for the purpose of learning something new, trying something new, and creating something new
  • Dances that challenge the mind and body
  • Connections with content that go beyond the tested material
  • Classrooms where students feel honored and appreciated for what makes them hard to manage in a “regular” classroom
  • A space that students, teachers, administrators, and anyone else can’t resist peering into as they walk by
  • Enthusiasm for the good things in life
  • Disdain for those who attempt to take away their control
  • Determination to learn something that is really hard to do
  • A safe haven for those who might be shunned everywhere else because they talk differently, think differently, or oppose the “norm”
  • A way to understand that supersedes language and culture
  • A community of caring, questioning, and concern
  • A true sense of who I am and what I want to say
  • A predictably unpredictable studio where anything and everything might happen at any moment
  • A place to try something new, or something old
  • Reflection
  • Satisfaction
  • Dissatisfaction
  • Laughter
  • Learning
  • Goal-setting
  • Goal-achievement
  • Small steps, big steps, weird steps, turning steps, releasing steps, focused steps, freedom steps, flying steps, falling steps, and many times, a split, just because I’ve worked so hard to get it
  • Awareness of self, awareness of others, awareness of how I interact with others, and how I choose not to interact with others
  • Costumes

That’s what I make!  And I never get tired of being challenged by students who don’t trust it all yet, because when they realize and understand what they are capable of, I get to let them live it!  Dance teachers touch lives in ways that last long after a concert or choreography assignment.  The impact of their passion follows students on into life paths that we may never know.  I am so lucky to have shared even one day with students who have changed how I look at education and life.  What do you make?


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I am petitioning to run for WS/FCS School Board in the 2018 General Election. Please follow this blog to learn about why I want to take a more active role in education policy in my community.
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