don't stop until you get to the end...

i don't want to teach the little kids.
intermediate & advanced is more what i'm interested in...

words from my mouth.
i know, i know... some of you gasped & now think i'm a kid hater. well i assure you i am not... this post // this post // this post // && this post are my blog evidence... not to mention, the sight of a cutie kiddo or baby these days is sending 'baby fever' temps into the triple digits ;) i lovelove LOVE little kids, i just wasn't interested in teaching dance at that level. 

anyway... i love dance. i love TO dance & i love to choreograph dance. this being said, when it came to teaching, i mostly enjoyed teaching the older kids. i like to choreograph intricate & challenging stuff, and let's just be honest MOST (not all) but most younger kids aren't matured in their dancing to handle a crazy fast or intricate combination with a million 'and' counts. so the more i taught, the more i came to know where i flourished the most, and this was teaching advanced dancers. i started teaching when i was 15, and by the time i was 22, i taught all of the advanced classes, all styles & all company dancers at my mom's dance studio & later became the director. fast forward to a year later when we moved to charlotte, & after a short break from teaching, we were finally in one place long enough for me to start again...

when asked what i was hoping to teach, i immediately requested the opening statement of this blog. however, the Lord had a different plan...
because i would be filling in for a teacher out on maternity leave, i would have to teach whatever classes she was assigned. two of the classes being beginner, ages 5-6. you can imagine my excitement & anxiety. this was newwww territory. no. it didn't come with the challenge of creating crazy challenging moves & 5 pirouettes. in my mind, it was a whole different kind of challenge that i wasn't sure i was ready to take on....

what if they cry?
what if i don't have patience?
how do i control a class of twenty 5 year olds?
the list goes on...

well i had no choice && boy was i wrong about how this new venture would go!
i am in love.
no really.
i am completely smitten with our two beginner classes. they are sunshine on the cloudiest of days & my heart goes pitter-patter everytime i walk into the room & their faces light up & they run to give me a hug.

the Lord has truly opened my heart in a way i never really thought about. i've always known that in my role as a teacher, i am helping shape the lives of young adults, but now i have the opportunity to influence little baby girls too!?!? praise Jesus for that! i look forward to our beginner classes & never leave the studio on those days in a bad mood, regardless of how i went in :)

so littles... thank you for always putting a smile on my face. your happy hearts, your innocence, & your wonder bring me so much joy! thank you for being precious. i love teaching you.
oh.. and did i mention how excited i'll be to have littles of my very own one day, so we can have pictures like this & this?! so sweeeet. thank you Lord for changing my dance teacher heart! You never stop teaching me, and i am thankful!
**photos from pinterest**

6 comments

elle b said...

This is beautiful Ree! Amen :)

Soaking up Sunshine said...

I have just started reading your blog and I must say I really like it here. Have a great weekend!

Laurel

Mrs. Baker said...

thats awesome!

sara said...

You are a natural with children...but once you connect yourself with a 5 year old then life is forever changed (says the kindergarten teacher). And now you have the experience of my wild child to prove that you can touch all ages!!

sara said...

You are a natural with all ages...and when you connect with a 5 year old you are forever changed. (says the kindergarten teacher). And now you have my wild child and it proves you can handle it all! muah!

Redheaded Daybook said...

how sweet :)
and i love the photos.
tutus are the best