I’ve been meditating on your words about Prince George and his pursuit of ballet.
You see, I own a dance studio. We’re just like any other studio offering ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, etc, except that we cater only to adults. If your response to a young boy enjoying ballet is to mock, I can only imagine your look of bewilderment should you hear of the fully-grown adult men who embarked on their ballet journey at 6th Position for their own personal enjoyment and fulfilment (and frankly, the thought amuses me). When we strip it all down to the bare facts, what we are presented with is a middle-aged woman who feels it is appropriate to mock and laugh at a six-year-old boy.
But I see a hint of something else, hiding just beneath the surface. Your willingness to quash a young child’s joy points to an emptiness or darkness in your own life. And despite my initial anger at your actions (because I am also a mother of young boy) this makes me sad for you.
I’m not here to say you’re a bully, ignorant, uneducated, etc - enough people have said that and said it well. What I am here to say is I hope you allow yourself time to find something that gives you the chance to understand yourself and light your face with joy, in the way that dance lights Prince George’s face, and the faces of the men and women in our community.
So excited we had the opportunity to attend the TPAC Gala, an event to honor and contribute to arts education in our community. 🎭
I grew up in a family with a music educator, and because of that, music has always had a way of connecting me to the people I love most. 🎶 I also went on to pursue personal passions in dance and musical theatre. 👯♀️
And yet... I didn’t become a musician, or a dancer, or an actress.
I became a teacher. 🍎 And I try my HARDEST to sprinkle every element of the arts into my education practices because it’s just so dang important!
Arts education and integration allows children to:
✅ step out of their comfort zone
✅ develop their creativity
✅ enhance their imagination
✅ learn to take risks
✅ become confident in front of other people
✅ increase their resilience and growth mindset
✅ encourages problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making skills
✅ improve overall cognition (memory, language development, and executive functioning)
✅ find their voice
✅ enhance verbal and non verbal communication
✅ deepens cultural and self understanding
✅ provides opportunities for students they may not have otherwise had
And there will never be a day where I don’t advocate for it. 💖
Thanks TPAC, for all the opportunities you hand children and young thespians in Nashville. 🎉 Let’s celebrate. 🍾🥂