Classes have gotten off to a great start! We have 18 dancers at one location and 13 at the other! How exciting :-) I already have such a great and growing group of dancers and parents. While I definitely miss some of my dancers and parents from my earlier teaching days, I have to say: I am truly overwhelmed by the kindness and support of each of my current dancers, their families, and the locations where I teach currently. It is great to have a network of great people surrounding me as I start on this solo venture.
All the classes are busy learning new steps along with the basics and getting ready for our first set of fall and winter performances. It should be a fun taste of dancing on a stage or in a parade before our busy season arrives in March (It's about half-way to St. Patrick's day for anyone who isn't keeping track!!)
With performances come the beloved Irish dance costumes. Material has been picked, my design has been tweaked and we are ready for measurements to be taken next week. It all reminds me of the first time I was measured for a dance dress back in 1995... I remember being in my grade school cafeteria where my teacher held her classes at the time, I remember the mom's that were there helping the dressmaker, Aiko, this tiny Japanese seamstress, and I even remember the shirt I was wearing that day when I was measured. It's so funny the important things my Irish dancer brain remembers :-)
I'll post pictures of the dancers in their new costumes at the October 28th Harvest Moon Parade in Peculiar, MO at the end of the month, so check back! In the mean time, here are a few pictures of some of the dancers at both of my locations...
Photo taken by A. Lanier