This past Saturday my husband and I attended a wedding in West Bloomfield, Michigan.  The wedding was pretty well put together.  The food was great, music wasphotostrip-west-bloomfield awesome and they had a pretty cool photo booth. West Bloomfield, MI is a fairly small, upscale town in Michigan and the venue was reflective of that.  I am throwing up this post because there was a really funny moment from the reception that I thought you all might find amusing.

The photo booth opened at around 7pm. After the drinks got flowing the bride decided that she wanted the photo booth attendant to come to the dance floor to bust a move with the wedding party. The attendant informed the bride that she was the only person that could allow him to leave his station to go to the dance floor.  She gave her blessing and the attendant literally ran out to the dance floor and started the most dead serious break dancing that I have seen in a long time.  It was absolutely hysterical!  The attendant kind of looked like the type of guy that spends his weekends playing WOW or D&D but I guess looks can be deceiving because this guy seriously had some moves. With in 15 seconds he had the entire crowd huddled around him while he spun and jerked all across the dance floor.  Then less than 60 seconds later he bowed to the crowd and ran around getting high fives from everyone and walked back to his station at the photo booth.  It was very amusing I must say.  That story is probably something I will not soon forget.   The take-away really is that you should not judge a book by its cover.

Speaking of the photo booth…. I really like the style of prints that they used.  Instead of the small 2×6 strips, they used the 4×6 like the one I have in this post.  They were more like postcards than they were photo strips.  They printed out two copies of every picture and glued one in a memory book which we were able to sign with a special message. The one thing that was missing was the ability to create video messages.  From what I have heard, video messaging is pretty common place now a days but this booth did not have that ability.  I guess it isn’t that big of a deal but I would think that when spending $600 that you would get the latest technology included.

Overall, the wedding was a great time.  I did not get a ton of time to dance because I helped with some of the food set up and music set up but of course I made time to get on the floor for a couple group dances that everybody hates but does them anyways. Hope to see you back soon!

 

So in my studio that I have we have six rooms for lessons and my instructors have a wide range of skills so I’m able to teach classes from beginning to the expert level. I even do random classes for people who just want to learn how to dance without having the pressure of performing but to just better themselves or learn a new skill. I love teaching younger students the basics of tap and ballet because of the looks on their faces when they finally get is priceless.

I also teach ladies who just want to learn dance style likes to swing or flamenco or ballroom or whatever it is that they want to learn. Sometimes if I have time I will even do private lessons but for these random classes that I teach I prefer to have at least six or seven students in the class that helps to make it worthwhile for my instructors. If there’s a demand for it I’m going to provide it for my students. For all my girls that are just starting out to the ones that are in high school I will have a recital for them at the end of the school year. I also encourage my girls to compete in competitions, I have all of them register and do that for all of their classes that they want to compete in, this helps them by letting them know where they stand and what they need to improve on.

The world of dance is cutthroat, you have to be able to compete and take rejection well because you’re never going to get picked first and you are always going to have to tryout a couple of times before you will get picked, granted there will be times that you are picked first but more times than not you won’t be. For my older ladies I always have them strive to work towards a goal if I can get it figured out I will get a plan where I will have them perform for an audience, this keeps them honest about how well they perform during class. Some years I have even rented out a hall and put up fliers and advertise for my ladies to put on shows, it’s always good to have a goal to work toward throughout the year because it makes people try harder to be the best that they can. I want all of my girls to take their lessons seriously and to strive to be the best but I also want them to have a good time doing it because it’s not fun it’s not worth doing.

 

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Maria

I attended Western Michigan University because they have one of the best dance academy’s in the country and I danced for Western my whole college career. In my dance school growing up I always competed in the many competitions that my school sent me to. I knew I was good because I won lots of competition but it was really humbling not making the squad at Western I was kind of getting nervous there for a while.

But I did make it and I was so proud and so happy because I knew that I was gonna learn so much more than being in the school in my home town, but it took me three tryouts to make the school at Western. What I really wanted to be was a teacher of dance or a choreographer, I mean it is fun and exhilarating being the actual dancer but it is so much better being the brain behind the operation. Choreographing a routine and watching the talented dancers play out your design is amazing and nothing beats that. It was the day after my whole life changed that being the one that was on stage dancing out the routine of the choreographer I needed a change, I wanted to be the one behind the stage watching my girls perform.

Once I graduated, my goal was to own my own dance studio and I work as hard as I could and saved as much money as I could and now I do my own studio. I have classes for all ages from four-year-old girls just starting out to ladies in their 60s and 70s who need something to do during the week. It is one of the most rewarding things I think I’ve done my entire life. I have six studios in the building and seven other instructors other than myself. This is what I have now, but I started off with one studio and two instructors including myself. I never gave up on myself or my dream and I worked so hard for that it almost seems like a dream or that I am looking at some one elses life.

This is all I have ever wanted to do with my life and I could not be any happier that I gave myself the chance to do it. If I could give any of you advice, it would be to never give up on yourself, if you keep striving your will keep achieving!

Thanks all for sticking around, Maria