“What did you do when you couldn’t do a one handed cartwheel? Did you give up and decide that it was not for you?” We were in the middle of a discussion about the value of not giving up when school work was hard. One by one you could see the lightbulbs going on in their heads. They had all been practicing for hours a day to learn every new move they were presented with in acro dance. The thought that the same tactic might be worth while when it came to school work was novel, but it had them thinking.
We are so thrilled that the girls are back in dance class. We cannot express our gratitude of the combined generosity of our sponsors and dance studio for making this happen! After the first acro dance class, they came running out: “Can we do that every day?” Never minding the answer, they certainly are doing acro everyday; before classes, in between classes, whenever they can get around to it in classes, and after classes. Seeing their energy, investment, and most of all the joy and confidence they gain from it makes it all worth the long drives to San Pedro Sula every Saturday for classes. Even after a jazz class, a ballet class, and an acro dance class Paola and Denia had stars in their eyes on their way into the contemporary dance workshop they had a chance to participate in. They cannot get enough.
Whether it is arts, sports, dance, or music, we see the value of signing them up for lessons and encouraging them in pursuing their passion. It affects their level of joy, energy, self-esteem, courage, and playfulness. They are making new friends and enjoying every single bit of both lessons and practice times. The conversation about school work we had last week is only one of many bits of everyday life that prove how important it is to their well being and positive development. So even though our couches are held together by duct tape, we lack ceiling fans in some rooms, and it is a challenge finding the money every time anyone needs new shoes, we cannot regret for even a moment prioritizing lessons that encourage their passions and build up their self-esteem.