As a parent you want the best for your child. You encourage them from day one to try new things, to get involved in wholesome activities, to make new friends and to not be afraid when a new situation presents itself. My daughter has experienced all of these things while dancing with the River Rhythms Dance Center competition team.
My daughter started dancing at the age of 2. As she put her ballet slippers on that very first day, I began to watch a transformation take place. Her smile was contagious as the music began to play and her feet started moving. She would giggle at the slightest change in tempo and wave her arms in response to the clickety-clacking sound that her tap shoes would make as she moved around the floor. This constant enthusiastic motion has never stopped.
A year ago, my daughter, Michaela, expressed an interest in joining the competition team. Despite the financial and time commitments, we could not be happier with the decision to allow her to join. The social and emotional growth that has transpired over the year has been fun and exciting. My daughter has always been a mature little girl. As parents, there is always the concern around what your child is exposed to and the impact this exposure will have on them. With this thought in mind we encouraged her to get involved with activities that would continue to foster value and life skills that we find pertinent to success. Dancing with the River Rhythms Competition Team has positively impacted her in so many ways.
Throughout the year, I have watched her grow into a confident, brave, and socially outgoing young lady. Michaela has no self-doubt when performing on a stage; whether this be dance or school related. She has the ability to take control of a situation and speak up if needed. When a friend or team mate is experiencing a difficult situation, Michaela is there as support or to motivate. These skills can be seen throughout the rooms at the studio. I have noticed that the girls have grown to become a close knit family. They encourage and support each other through all the challenges of the dances and the competitions. There is a whole lot of laughing and joking going on!! It has warmed my heart to have my daughter learn the fundamental value of teamwork, competition, friendship, respect, and determination at the age of seven. These lessons will carry her through her adult years. I strongly feel that the family she has created at the studio has had an integral part in her development. We are very pleased that we made the decision to have our daughter join the River Rhythms Dance Center Competition Team.
-Dance Mom, Amy Vargason
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