Finding the Tape and Other Life Lessons
“They make it look so easy.” This is a sentence we’ve all said about something we’ve seen whether it was a spectacular catch in the end zone or a dancer pirouetting across the stage.
Most of us know though that what looks easy, usually isn’t.
I was reminded of this earlier this year during our annual dance recital.
While it seems pretty darn simple to skip across the stage and return to the “right place,” it’s not. This is a skill that dancers practice and learn to perfect and it’s called heightened spatial awareness. This is a skill that is also learned through sports. Those young players on the soccer field that look like a swarm of bees — they have not yet learned their positions and they don’t understand how correct spacing on the field will help them score.
A little trick we use at Jackson School of the Arts with our youngest dance students is a piece of colored tape. It reminds the children where to stand so from the audience you see a formation – not a clump of tutus. Disclaimer: this does not always work.
Participation in the arts is one of the best ways we can teach children and remind
ourselves too of valuable life lessons. For today that lesson is: children are not perfect.
Now wait a minute you are thinking… MY child IS perfect. Well mine are too, but the point is nobody every produced anything perfectly on the first attempt. From the greatest inventions to your favorite painting – the first versions or drafts failed and probably weren’t too pretty.
This fall when you enroll your child in extra-curricular activities, rejoice in his “art work” that makes you scratch your head and smile when it takes her 50 times to finally get the shuffle ball change in tap class using her left foot.
And maybe someday you’ll proudly say to your child, “You make it look so easy.”
The Jackson School of the Arts provides out-of-school dance, art and theater programs in creative and nurturing environment. Our class fees are based on a sliding fee income scale because we believe all children who be able to grow and thrive with the arts.
Jacksonarts.org is the place to see our fall schedule with over 100 classes.
OPEN HOUSES are August 9, 1-3, August 20, 5-7 and Sept. 13, 1-3 PM.