Fall greetings, dance friends!
I don’t know about you, but I am THRILLED for the coming fall weather! Our area is so breathtaking during the autumn months, and I cannot wait to enjoy the changing landscapes around us.
As an artist and creative thinker, I am always so inspired by the beauty portrayed in a tree as it shifts, evolves, and grows throughout this season in particular. Incorporating fall themes into my classes is something for which I am very excited. For instance, we will be pretending that our scarves are leaves, we will perform our grand jeté leaps over pumpkins and of course we will be listening to songs like “Here Comes Sweater Weather” and “Falling Leaves”! I hope your dancer is looking forward to welcoming the fall months as much as I am!
At Studio Go we like to recommend books to our dance families so that you as parents can reinforce a love of dance with your children at home. We feel privileged to walk alongside parents in their journey of raising children that are intrigued by the arts! With that said, this month I would like to introduce you to “Firebird,” written by Misty Copeland. As most of you may know, Ms. Copeland is a ballerina for the history books! She was the first African American woman to become a principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre. As ABT is a 75 year-old institution, this was a ground-breaking accomplishment for both Copeland and the world of dance. She is an absolutely stunning ballerina! I suggest you drop everything you are doing and race to YouTube for a quick education on all things Misty Copeland. I am obsessed!
“Firebird” is the perfect introduction to the concepts we will be covering in the coming weeks at Studio Go. We are moving into a section titled “Fall into Dance, Learning Perseverance and Determination.” In her new book, Copeland weaves a story about a young dancer, who is unconfident in her capabilities and hesitant to perform. Misty, in her years of wisdom and experience, motivates this young lady and teaches her the necessary characteristics of a great dancer, including hard work and determination. Any child will benefit from hearing this story!
Between the gorgeous autumn scenes being painted for us outside right now and the fabulous book from one of the greatest artists of our time, I hope you are inspired to both create and persevere! Keep dancing!
— Mrs. Lauren