Dance Your Way Through Summer

by Erin Mawn

One thing that I have always loved about the beginning of summer, besides the obvious answers like the smell of fresh cut grass, warm breezes and flowers in full bloom, is that it is dance recital season. I started dancing when I was three years old, and I continued all the way through college. I loved the excited murmurs and shouts of joy in the dance studio when the costumes finally arrived. We couldn’t wait to try them on, and imagined what we’d look like on stage performing in front of all those smiling faces. The weeks leading up to the performance were hectic in a wonderful way: frenzied mothers asking about tights, little girls parading around in adorable costumes that made them look like dolls come to life, older girls practicing their routines around the clock, and harried dance instructors frantically trying to corral their students. Being on stage was, and is still is, one of the greatest feelings, but it was also a little disappointing to know that dance classes were over until the fall.

That’s why I started attending summer dance classes. They weren’t the same because they didn’t culminate in a big, spectacular performance, but they were fun and they satisfied my desire to dance in the summer. Plus, it was the perfect time to try a new type of dance. If I liked it, I could sign up for a the year-long class. If I didn’t like it, then I only had to stick it out for a short while. It was in a summer dance class that I first tried Irish dancing. I immediately loved it, and it became one of my favorite classes. It is something I continue to love, and continue to share with others.

This summer I will be joining the staff of dance teachers at The Dance Connection dance studio during the course of their six week summer dance session. The Dance Connection is located in Stevensville, MD and is owned by Meg Yoast who is also the primary instructor. She began her dancing career early (at the age of three) and has since performed with a number of companies including the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, the Baltimore Ballet and the Peabody Chamber Ballet. She founded The Dance Connection in 1992 is celebrating her 25th year with the upcoming recital. She holds a BFA in dance education, and is certified to teach dance through Dance Masters of America. She has also served as Secretary for the Maryland Council for Dance. Classes offered at the studio during the school year include ballet, tap, jazz, modern and ballroom (teens and adults only).

The summer courses being offered include pre-kindergarten classes, strength and flexibility, intermediate ballet, pilates, and pre-pointe, and Irish dance. Registration is open now, but space is limited. For more information, please contact The Dance Connection at 410-643-8346 or visit the website at http://www.kentislanddance.com/home.html.

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