As dance educators, our job is to train students- we want students to have the fire, drive, hunger, and longevity to one day become experts. BUT- it all starts with the beginner.

The student that enters the studio curious about movement, excited for the opportunity, kindly conversing with friends, and expressing a sheer joy for the opportunity to partake in the performing arts.

Too often, students (and parents) lose sight of the journey- beginner, intermediate, advanced.

This image I discovered states it perfectly:

expert beginner

As we head into 2016, let’s keep this in mind. Let’s value the beginner as much as we value the expert. Let’s value the process and the individual. Then, the magic will really happen!