Why Dance?

Learning to walk sets you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest
freedom of all: to express with your whole self the person you are.
~ Melissa Hayden
At the Dance Workshop, we believe there's a reason that dance is so often used as a
metaphor for living. Regardless of one's personal goals, there is always some aspect of
dance that reflects that aspect of life. The experience of dance has an effect, no matter
one's age, on body, mind, and creative spirit.

Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music.
~William Stafford
For the very young, it provides an introduction to both the art form and their bodies,
providing opportunities to learn language, "hear" music, rhythms, and tempos, to better
understand themselves in space, to build muscular symmetry and the brain patterning
that also compliments academic learning. It provides opportunities to explore their world
through movement and celebrate those explorations.

I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.
~ Vincent van Gogh

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated
through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this
expression is unique.  ~ Martha Graham
For the dancer who is considering a professional career in dance, there is the rigorous
athleticism that focuses on safely building strength, balance, flexibility, endurance,
coordination, and agility. There is also the development of focus, personal responsibility,
and discipline, married to the joy of movement. It is the integration of physical being with
creative spirit, and the development, if you will, of a voice that speaks louder than words.

Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery.  ~Martha Graham

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.
~ Doug Firebaugh
For the avocational dancer, it provides the balance that many seek in a high-tech
culture, a process for becoming who you always wanted to be, a part of the continual
journey of self-discovery. As a "quality of life" component, dance allows a person to more
deeply understand their body's capabilities, what it means to be present and in the
moment, how to invite creativity into their lives, and share this with a community that
values this physical expression of life.

You don't stop dancing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop
dancing. ~Author Unknown

It's never too late to start, and it's always too soon to stop. ~ Walter Bortz
For the older dancer, it provides an opportunity either learn or return to the art form, and
their bodies, providing opportunities to learn new languages, pro-actively fight off loss of
muscle and bone density, while maintaining neural-plasticity, enhancing memory and
creative thinking skills, in addition to building flexibility, balance, strength and
coordination. It provides opportunities to explore the power of coupling a lifetime of
experience with movement and music, and celebrating those explorations with others.

Life may not be the party that we hoped for…But while we’re here, we should
dance. ~ Author Unknown

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to be over, it’s about learning how to
dance in the rain. ~ Author Unknown
For the injured or physically-challenged dancer, it provides an opportunity to take action
on one's own behalf, in a safe and supportive community, to maintain or improve one's
physical skills, while celebrating the joy of movement and the joy of now.

"I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than
myself." - Mikhail Baryshnikov
The Dance Workshop is not a competition studio. While that aspect of dance has an
understandable appeal for some, too often the process of building solid core technique
falls by the wayside as the focus of competition centers on product and learning "tricks"
for that product. Our focus is on building strong, sustainable, technical skills, in a positive
environment, while providing multiple opportunities for performance, for those dancers
who want more experience in moving from studio to stage.

The journey between who you once were, and who you are now becoming, is
where the dance of life really takes place.
~ Barbara De Angelis
I believe that there are many possible paths for this journey, and that dance in one of
them. To this end, our faculty possesses a wide range of professional training and
experiences in the art form, including teaching, performance, and creating choreography.
Also, to this end, we offer training in a diverse selection of movement techniques,
providing a "multi-lingual" dance experience with both depth and breadth for dancers.
Van Gogh's quote, cited earlier
"I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn
how to do it."
 brings us to our motto: Movement that Matters!

Come and dance with us!
...Movement that Matters