FROM A DANCE PARENT:
A friend of mine once asked me “Why do you spend so much time, money and effort on dance classes?” I responded quite easily with: I don’t pay for dance lessons, shoes, uniforms or costumes.
She looked at me with a puzzled look on her face. To which I responded with:
“You’re right, I do pay the dance school, but I do not pay for dance classes.
I pay for those moments when my child becomes so tired they feel like quitting but doesn’t..
I pay for the extra opportunity for my child to make life-long friendships.
I pay for the chance that they may have amazing instructors that will teach my child that dance is not just about movement but about life.
I pay for my child to learn the meaning of discipline outside the home and how to incorporate that into their life.
I pay for my child to learn to take care of their body.
I pay for my child to learn the meaning of teamwork and how to be a proud, supportive, kind and respectful team member.
I pay for my child to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don’t get something they hoped for, or messed up a move they have practiced a thousand times, but still has the determination to do their BEST next time…
I pay for my child to learn to make and accomplish goals.
I pay for my child to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create an athlete, and that success does not happen overnight.
I pay so that my child can be in the studio instead of in front of a screen…
I could continue with my list, but to cut it short, I don’t pay for dance; I pay for the opportunities that dance provides my child to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their life and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others.
From what I have seen for many, many years of being the mum of a dancer, I think it is an investment in my child’s future!