Category: motivation


A Beautiful Distraction


A Beautiful Distraction

Teaching learning. How do you  teach someone to learn?  It’s a beautiful distraction.

Learning to teach isn’t quite the same when you realize you have to train others on what you’ve just learned.  You must offer the simplest and traditional training first.  It is here, that you make the decision of what not to do as well.

A Vision of Dance.  It’s a Beautiful Distraction.

New approaches are only incorporated when you understand that some change or actions can work, and work well.  New approaches should be looked at,  as beautiful distractions.  But, not everyone will adapt to new approaches, or accept outside assistance.  Some will fight off change no matter what – even if that change is the substance necessary to make things better in their studios, or their own personal performance, etc.

Good teachers research their subject.  But how do you teach research?  With tutorials?  How do you write the tutorial without the research? Or without the teacher?  Or even without the student to learn?

Somewhere in time,  someone (maybe you)  took on, or will take on,  the task of inventing  a dance process by which others will benefit.  When  a process is finally viewed for the first time by others, many begin to understand the pain staking hours that it takes to learn,  teach, research and write out,  an explanation of a  vision.  A vision of Dance.  It’s a beautiful distraction.

Dance Choreography is “A Beautiful Distraction”.  You take the very raw elements of dance technique and music and you incorporate your own personal vision.  You can add pieces of emotion, and suspense.  You learn to talk and express a story using your body, and facial features, even the use of your hair flowing as you turn and move.  You feel the movements of dance in your soul.

Dance, like with all the arts,  is perceived differently from one individual to the next.  It takes time, energy, and patience,  to make your dream a reality.  It is the lucky artist however, who is able to reach a vast audience.

Sunday Snapshot: Canyon Repose

Follow your dreams – look into your own “beautiful distractions” that come your way.  One of those distractions may be that rainbow that you have been waiting for.

To all those I’ve ever taught, or will teach,  I just want you to know, that having you in my life is a “Beautiful Distraction”.  You make up a very colorful rainbow.  Thanks for the  Skittles! Dance on, there are a lot more rainbows to come.

To see the article from Sunday Snapshot:  Canyon Repose, click HERE

It’s a Beautiful Distraction!

Keeping up with “Busy”

All throughout high school I found myself always keeping up with “Busy”.  Ever felt that “Busy” was winning?  Many times I did.  Between school work, dance, student government, AP classes, and whatever else I was into at any point in time – “Busy” was always there.  Even going out with friends became “Busy”.

But somehow I didn’t notice.  After college, I kept  looking for “Busy”.  It found me!  Now days, with a 40 hour work week, a 2nd job, plus teaching dance – “Busy”  would be me.

I’m starting to learn that I can use lower case “busy”, and have added a new word called “relaxation”.

I’m not getting old – just “Wiser”.  “Wiser tells me, that “relaxation” will keep “busy” under control.  “Wiser” and I are real good friends now.  We actually practice “relaxation” together.

Once in a while “Busy” suggests I add a fourth or fifth job to add to my list.  But, “Wiser” has taught me that “relaxation” is a better friend.

I do hope that you get your “Busy” under control.  “Relaxation” is always there – you just need “Wiser” to introduce you.


Did you see what she was wearing?

Did you see what she was wearing?

I guess showing up with skin tight leopard skin pants and a slinky spaghetti strap top really aren’t appropriate if you are judging or hosting an event.  Not unless you are a dancer and that is your costume.

I have to admit, I’ve seen some really  crazy outfits at competitions.  And those were on the hired staff.  Sorry, and no offense to anyone, but did your baby sister dress you?

The term business casual should apply to anyone who is taking the stage and announcing to an audience that they are instructing your child and/or introducing their group.

Things to rethink:

  1. Disco style hot pants with high heals (the hooker look)
  2. Ruffled dresses with tennis shoes
  3. Jeans with holes where there really shouldn’t be a hole
  4. The mattress look. (belly rolls over top of pants)
  5. Leopard skin tight pants with slinky top from the fat and fine collect
  6. Plaids with strips and/or flowers
  7. Jewelry made of  dead animal teeth (at least I think they were animal)
  8. Make up that has to be peeled off at night (scare the dog!)
  9. Perfume that smells like a burlap sack left outside for the cat to maul
  10. Viewable tramp stamps and other tattoos that have words that are offensive
  11. Designer logo apparel made specifically to produce anger to a large volume of people
  12. Spiked clothing and dog leases
  13. Visible paraphernalia and/or weapons
  14. Body piercings with chains that attach to other locations on the body – for view
  15. Gothic is a culture – don’t go there in presentation settings
  16. Men too.  None of the above.

Those are probably some of the most troublesome pieces of attire or accessories.   If you want to have a professional business, then look the part, and make sure your staff looks the part.  A dress code within reason may be necessary if you are experiencing too much individual styling within the ranks.

Sure adults will dress up to entertain a crowd and get a laugh. But, if you are doing it because you want to make your place of business lose customers – please go right ahead.  When you consider the amount of money that dance families spend to put on a performance, it would be troublesome to have a staff member, director, or teacher disrupt the event by presenting a costume that  upstaged their own dancers.  Dress for success and you will get less tomatoes thrown at you.

It’s okay to make a fashion statement in your own living room or with friends.  But if you are actually working with students and dealing with parents, you might want to tame it down a little.  At least as a temporary measure, until you are back in your safe environment or game reserve.  While we are all entitled to free expression, social taboo’s still exist for a number of reasons.  I’ll get back to you on those reasons, until then you should learn about the 6 levels of casual dress.    The Six Categories

Happy dressing.