PARTNERSHIP (for Young Dancers)

P A R T N E R S H I P (for young dancers)

Our youth reflect the energy, culture and future of our existence and that of ballroom dancing. Following a visit to a successful and progressive dance studio in Canada, I developed an educational vision of “Partnership” for our young dancers. Please consider the following:

Proud
Do you “strut your stuff” or do you project confidence and pride in your partner as well as yourself?
Aware
Are you aware and sensitive to the strengths and weaknesses of your partner and eager to help when needed?
Real
Do you express honest, real feelings to your partner when you are struggling with your lessons or performance?
Timing
Are you on time for lessons allowing extra to practice and be better prepared?
Needs
Do you always think of your needs first or have you ever asked your partner if they had a good day at school?
Equal
Are you patient if your instructor doesn’t give equal time to you, but takes a little more time to work with your partner?
Respect
Do you listen to your teacher and respect the things they tell you as being valuable to both you and your partner?
Share
Are you willing to share your time, fun and energy with your partner?
Happiness
Do you enjoy dancing; are you happy and working with your partner for the best performance?
Intellect
Are you studying hard at school so you will be balanced and a more whole person for your partner?
Parents
Do you honor your parents’ sacrifices of time, money and effort? Both sets of parents deserve frequent thanks as they partner with you in your dancing.

 

To Studio Managers and Instructors: I admire and respect your patience and persistence in communicating your passion for dance to our youth. If you find any of these questions challenging or encouraging, please share them with your students.

Thank you, Martha Harper

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Martha A. Harper, M.Ed. Education Leadership, B.A. Sociology Martha embraces 16 years in Ballroom and Latin dance, 8 in American Smooth, Rhythm and Latin and 8 in International Standard. Currently training and competing Pro-AM, International Standard. Primary focus: enhance awareness of cultural development, artistic creativity and health advantages of ballroom dance while encouraging fine tuning of instructional methods. She is a retired legal secretary and is a published author residing in the United States.

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