We were shocked and saddened to learn this week of the death of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick’s brother Kevin trained and performed with the Greenville Ballet before going on to a successful performing career with the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and national tours of The Lion King and Shrek the Musical. Our thoughts and prayers are with him in his time of grief.
COVID-19 Policies Due to the COVID-19 restrictions suggested by Federal and State agencies, as well as industry standards recommended by experts in our field, we will be enforcing the following policies: Everyone entering the building must wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth and will have a temperature check and may not exceed 100 degrees F. Students who have a fever or are otherwise not feeling well should not attend. Students who have been exposed to someone who has the virus should not attend for two weeks after exposure. Students who are at a higher risk because of diabetes, heart conditions, asthma, or advanced age should not attend. Building occupancy will be limited to 40 people. Classes will be limited to 15 people. Only students and one parent of students in Pre-Ballet and Level 1 will be allowed in the building. No siblings or other visitors. Students
Every dance school traditionally has an annual dance recital where the children perform an end-of-the-year dance. Costumes and stage time are an attractive proposition to children, and parents love the photo ops and seeing their child in the spotlight. Getting some experience on stage performing for an audience is certainly a valuable part of a child’s dance training, but it needs to be done in a way that doesn’t detract from the “training” part. In many dance schools, after Christmas the whole lesson is basically just a rehearsal of this one piece for the dance recital, and the training that helps you learn the full vocabulary of dance stops. The child may get very good at this particular dance, but is not learning any more than that. It would be like reading one book until you have it memorized, but never learning enough to read any book. That could lead
Don’t be a “jack of all trades, and master of none” Many parents seem to want their children to get an exposure to many different activities when they are young and consequently enroll them in a series of activities perhaps including dance, gymnastics, soccer, piano, acting, painting, etc. It seems like the plan is often to do one year of each thing or to continue until the child tires of it and doesn’t want to do it anymore (often less than one year!). Many of our older students have been at it for many years and have the healthy habit of sticking with something, pursuing it diligently, enjoying some success, and attaining a more advanced level of skill. You can’t learn to fully enjoy anything while you barely know how to do it. Reading is not much fun when you have a 1st grade vocabulary, but is much more enjoyable