There I was, another late night at the studio, contemplating what to write about this time....A student is sitting in the lobby waiting for her ride.
I ask her, "Jordan, what should I write about for this blog?"
Smiling and joyfully she shouts, "ME!"
I laughed and only after she left did I realize she was on to something. I could actually write about her because I know a lot about her. And then it dawned on me that I know a lot about all of the kids at the studio. I know each personality, which means I can play to their strengths. I can joke and have fun with some kids and others are all business all the time. I know which dancer is going to always be prepared and the one that can't manage to get a clean pair of tights in their bag. If something is left at the studio and it ends up in the lost and found I can probably tell you who left the shoe or shirt or the water bottle or the brush...the list just gets longer! I know who made the mess in the dressing room or which dancer is working over time at home on their skills and flexibility. Why do I know so much about them all? I pay attention. Not because I am a particularly detailed person, I just really care about all the dancers that come here. I care about their training, I care about injury prevention, I care about their mental health, I care about making them life-long lovers of dance, I care about their physical health. Kids are special, all kids, not just the few and far between extremely talented kids. Never count a kid out. They will surprise you and then have you second guessing your own judgment. Any kid can be a great dancer, it just takes dedication, patience and observation from caring teachers.