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Hello, Happy Mama: …And So She Danced!



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Hello Mama!

It’s hard to believe that summer break is officially over, and our kids are back in school. If you’re like me, it is bittersweet when our children start a new school year. Part of me is a little sad knowing that they are getting older and soon will be off on their own (did I mention I have a senior in high school this year?) and the other part of me is so thankful to have a routine back for our family. The Capra Crew responds much better to school days with set schedules for drop-off, pick-up, homework in the afternoons, and some version of a healthy dinner in the evenings. It also allows us to set some new goals and intentions for the school year. It’s like a refresh for re-visiting the resolutions that I made at the beginning of the year. Do you remember yours? If not, that’s okay…you can create new ones. 

What have you been putting off? 

What have you wanted to try but haven’t done yet? 

What could you do now RIGHT NOW that your future self will thank you for? 

As for me, I have wanted to take a ballet class for years. I grew up taking dance classes from the age of 4 until 18. It was a part of me. I would challenge myself for hours several days of the week. I loved to lose myself in dance. It was very cathartic and just so much fun! But, for some reason after having children, I just couldn’t find my way back to a dance studio. I would take yoga, or Pilates (which I also love) but there was still a stirring in my heart to get back to basics with a ballet class. And you know what? I finally put my fears aside, took a leap of faith and did it! 

Was it scary to walk into a room of experienced dancers, most of them half my age? Heck, yeah. But it was also so much fun! Honestly, I had about 10% muscle memory for the ballet positions and only 1% for the terminology. I mean, it’s been 30 years since I had learned the difference between a Tendu, Passé or Eleve (yes, I had to Google those terms to spell them!). But, in spite of all of that, I watched and listened and did it anyway. And, I’m here to tell you that 1) I survived, and 2) I STILL LOVE IT! 

Dance is a part of me. It’s who I am at my core. There are times when I’m most stressed in life and I will break out in dance or Pirouette across the floor (which is always a crowd pleaser with my kids!). Whatever the move, it makes me feel better, even if I can’t leap or kick as high as I could 30 years ago. Dance is life to me, and I am so thankful that I didn’t wait one more day to try ballet again. Thanks to Kern Dance Alliance, I was able to face my fears and participate in several dance classes over the summer that were selected for adults. And, because of KDA, I am keeping my promise to myself and signing up for Adult Ballet at Civic. You should, too! 

Listen, there will be plenty of critics in your life (or in your head) that will tell you that you’re too old, too young, too inexperienced, too this, or too that, and I’m here to tell you…do it anyway. Does it set your soul on fire? Does it make you feel like YOU, again? Does it make your heart smile or challenge you in a way that is both scary and exciting? Then Mama, what are YOU waiting for? Do it! Just dance. Just sing. Just paint. Or just start that new business that has been in your heart for years. Come on Mama, you got this!

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