A couple of months ago, I came across this Youtube video of a 5 or 6 year old little girl dancing to one of Beyonce’s songs. It was natural and fluid for her; no effort, no struggle. She took delight at the encouragement and support of her family and friends egging her on. She admired her shadow etched in the ground as she moved, turned and twisted. I was in awe. Check it out for yourself. You, too, will be amazed.
Welcome to the Journey To Dance blog. Here, you will receive information, insights, and my opinions on dance . . . in particular, modern, ballet and social dance. I have studied various forms of dance for a very long time. I have studied at the major dance companies and small dance studios in large and small cities. What I have found is that caring dance teachers, dance instructors can be found at all of them, as well as not-so-caring instructors. In any case, I love dance in all forms and will be sharing my thoughts with you. Thank you for stopping by.
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