Why I don't Pay 💵 for Dance Lessons
Why I Never Pay for Dance Classes.
As a dancer myself, a mama of a dancer, and teacher of many little dancers, this article always brings a tear to my eye.
The art and discipline of dance has taught me so much of life. It's beauty, it's hardships, it's growth, it's process and it's persistence. Staying the course when it gets hard or feels impossible only to one day finally get it as if it was no sweat or tears in the making.
Many of my life long friends are all part of the dance community. And the teachers and mentors that I've had the privilege to learn from hold very special places in my heart and soul. Their words still reverberate through the studio while I'm teaching.
I genuinely believe it's because of my dance education that has made me the business woman I am today. Learning to be resourceful in last minute situations, trying a new strategy to get better results, or passionately believing in the dream so much that I'm willing to work, stretch and jump little higher. 😉
Dance is the beautiful platform that I have experienced so much growth. Physically, mentally, and spiritually. And when I get to watch so many kiddos enjoy it - whether it's for a class, or a session or many years - makes my heart happy.
A friend of mine once asked me “Why do you spend so much time, money and effort on dance classes?” I responded quite easily with: I don’t pay for dance lessons, shoes, uniforms or costumes.
She looked at me with a puzzled look on her face. To which I responded with:
“You’re right, I do pay the dance school, but I do not pay for dance classes.
I pay for those moments when my child becomes so tired they feel like quitting but doesn’t.
I pay for the extra opportunity for my child to make life-long friendships.
I pay for the chance that they may have amazing instructors that will teach my child that dance is not just about movement but about life.
I pay for my child to learn the meaning of discipline outside the home and how to incorporate that into their life.
I pay for my child to learn to take care of their body.
I pay for my child to learn the meaning of teamwork and how to be a proud, supportive, kind and respectful team member.
I pay for my child to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don’t get something they hoped for, or messed up a move they have practiced a thousand times, but still has the determination to do their BEST next time…
I pay for my child to learn to make and accomplish goals.
I pay for my child to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create an athlete, and that success does not happen overnight.
I pay so that my child can be in the studio instead of in front of a screen…
I could continue with my list, but to cut it short, I don’t pay for dance; I pay for the opportunities that dance provides my child to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their life and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others.
From what I have seen for many, many years of being the mum of a dancer, I think it is an investment in my child’s future!