I have been on a bit of a mission lately to bring dancer pride to the forefront of the dance community and beyond.
This last week I had the pleasure of running a couple acting classes for the dancers of The L.A.X. held at Accentz Dance Studio in Vernon, B.C.
During these classes we made some "Public Service Announcement" (PSA's) videos about dancer pride.
Take a look...
Not only did I want them to have the experience of talking in front of the camera but I wanted them to share with you how they feel about dance and what it means to them.
It seems when budgets are cut in schools or when pandemics strike the arts community is the first to get hit and the last to get aid. It breaks my heart.
Dance is so much more then just physical activity. There is a deep emotional connection.
I live with three boys who play hockey and my husband is an ex-NHLer. I see how much pride the hockey community has. I just don't see and feel the same pride within the dance community for some reason. I'm not sure why, but it's frustrating.
I want to raise the bar. I want people to feel the pride of the dance community.
I know how hard dancers have to work to reach the next level. The technique is detailed and requires many hours of training and 100% dedication... and the dance mentality is that nothing is ever perfect. Dance may look easy to some people but that's the artistry of it. The agility, strength, flexibility, and musicality needed to dance is beyond anything I've ever seen.
Please take a minute to look at the videos I have linked above and share them. I want to get the word out there.
Let's showcase all of our pride in the dance community by using #proudtobeadancer on every post that applies.
Let's strengthen our community and make pride a big part of our dance culture!