The holidays are upon us, and this time of year offers an opportunity for reflection, joy, change, and motivation.

Many studios close and classes are usually cancelled. For a few days, the pace of life will slow down.

As Winston Churchill said, “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.”

With the extra time, we are able to rest, visit family and friends, and fuel our hearts with love, joy, and kindness.

Before signing off from Dance Exec for the holidays, I have to address an issue that’s weighing on my heart. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: Our industry needs more professionalism and kindness. In a world that is in turmoil, we need to be a light.

Dancers, Instructors, Guest Choreographers, Studio Owners, and Industry Affiliates- we must watch how we interact, we must take responsibility for our actions. We are role models, and our students are watching our every move.

Professionalism has a place in our industry, and it is time to promote accountability for it. In-person, online, publicly, or in private groups, we must watch our words and our actions. Industrially, I watch it happen around me, especially online, and I know that we are more than what I am seeing.

I see and hear stories every day from around the United States and abroad about studios, dance instructors, and dancers doing amazing things. As we move into 2016, this will be a major focus point- personally and on this blog- I want the world to know that we are an industry filled with wonderful people doing amazing feats. Collectively, we can shift perception, and this is my challenge to you.

Join me as we move to make a positive, lasting impression about DANCE- if you have thoughts or if you would like to contribute a positive, meaningful story about your or your dancers, please email info@danceexec.com.  I’d love to hear from you!

As Dr. Seuss said, “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”

I wish you and your families the happiest of holidays. I sincerely appreciate your support of the blog for the past 3 years, and I look forward to seeing where our journey will lead us in 2016!

(We will resume our regular Monday-Thursday blogging on Monday, January 4th.) 

happy holidays 2015