Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Stage Confidence Lessons

Today I taught and learned one of the best dance lessons I can.

Yesterday and today I taught a two day dance class with the middle school kids. We had a blast as we danced to songs from Broadway musicals, talked about Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke, and learned to have fun with dance.

Last night, I found this quote: "It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer." ~ Shanna LeFleur

Hmm...I thought, I want to teach them that tomorrow. As I got ready for bed, I remembered I wanted to bring in some scarves for dancing with so I rounded them up. About halfway into class today, I pulled them out and had everyone pick one. Then I told them about this quote.

Every one of them did sports, gymnastics, dance, or some sort of athletic activity. I then asked how many considered themselves to be an artist. Only a few raised their hands. I reminded them to have confident in their abilities as an artist. Whether they were good at drawing or dancing or sports or a hobby, they had to give it everything.

That's when the scarves came in to play. I put on "Let's Go Fly a Kite" from Mary Poppins. Their mission? To go from one side to the other. Their own way. So one at a time they danced their way across. Some gave it their all with leaps and twirls. Some needed encouragement to just simply walk across. The next time around the bold relaxed and just enjoyed themselves, and the timid began to understand. We tried it one more time and everyone just went across with everything they had, including a grin. 😊

It was a great lesson for boosting stage confidence, in what they enjoy doing, and in themselves. All in all, it resonated with me. I'm going to keep that little lesson in my files for future dance teaching times. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Advent Albums: Day 9

Here is a new Christmas album we got yesterday.

George Beverly Shea's Silent Night album was wonderful! I could listen to this one over and over if I could!! Alas there wasn't the time.

This was originally from Hill's Department store. I love the fact they say "Give the gift of music."

Plus a few songs I've never heard before were on here! A wonderful addition to our collection. <3 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Coffee Shop #4

Catching up on the coffeeshops I've visited recently! Broadway Cafe is a childhood favorite! The original one is down at the college where my parents met.

Inside it is warm and inviting!

So much to choose from!

Sometimes we get iced tea here, but today i decided to go for my long time favorite drink!!!

Some of the teas they have.


I got a "Cafe Broadway"! A scoop of ice cream in a cup of hot coffee. Mmmmm, my favorite! ❤

Advent Albums: Day 8

Ooo a new one!!

I can't wait to listen to Christmas disco!!!

Wait...this isn't disco music!?

Nope, just the traditional songs by classic singers. Enjoyable none the less!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Advent Albums: Day 7

Another Goodyear album! This one has greats like Mary Martin, Mitch Miller, Doris Day, and Robert Goulet.

There are also a couple groups on here like the Brothers Four which are lovely to listen to! I would definitely look for an album with them specifically. 

A unique thing they did on this one was add "Holy, Holy, Holy!" and "Abide with Me" sung by Mahalia Jackson. They did for this reason: 

"We include two especially outstanding selections from her wide repertory-Holy, Holy, Holy! and Abide with Me- even though they are not Christmas music, feeling that they will add to your enjoyment of the holy season."

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Advent Albums: Day 6

Today I am listening to a Julie Andrews Christmas album! I love listening to her voice, and could for hours.

Originally this was sold from Fay's Drugstore!

A perfect way to end my night!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Advent Albums: Day 5

Day 5: A King Family Christmas

They had a very nice selection of songs in their Mobil endorsed record.

A couple of them though were a little never grating. Thank goodness those songs never became hits! O.o

All in all, I would give it a 9.5 out of 10! :~)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Advent Albums: Day 4

Today's album is one of Mom's new favorite Christmas records.

All instrumental organ and chimes music. It is a very gentle selection of organ music, well thought out, and relaxing to listen to. 

The selections are all the usual Christmas carols you would expect to find. All in all, a great listen for the end of my day!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Advent Albums: Day 3

Some people may think me a nut, yet the holiday season can never be fully enjoyed without Nutcracker music! I danced with the Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker for 5 years in a row when I was younger. Some of my best dance memories are from that! 

The first half sounds exactly like the Moscow's rendition although this is the Bolshoi Ballet's. The second half there are some variations with the way the music is played. Still an amazing treasure to listen to! Makes my feet want to get up and dance!❤❤❤

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Advent Albums: Day 2

Today's album is "The Great Songs of Christmas: Album Two". 

It has carols, and a few instrumental pieces such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Waltz of the Flowers, Toyland, and March of the Toys.

This album was created exclusively for Goodyear!