Ever since I was a little girl, I felt far more comfortable in the world of make believe than in the real world. I was painfully shy and had a thick country accent, which was difficult as we moved from Kentucky to Connecticut when I was a child. Don’t get me wrong, I had a magical childhood, but I always loved making up shows and songs as a child. As I got older, I realized that I couldn’t live in a fantasy world all the time, but I could spend a lot of my time on stage and in front of a camera, inviting people to play in my imaginary world with me. Now, as an adult, I’ve realized that my purpose in life is to create an environment where children of all ages can come and play. Play is so crucial to the development of a child and I think that the performing arts helps immensely! Seriously, look at our Why Performing Arts Education page, and you’ll see it’s not just me that thinks so…
Theater, music, and dance is my escape. It’s my therapy. It’s my life. When I’ve had a bad day, nothing makes me feel better than belting out an Adele tune. After a good dance class or performance, I feel like I can take on the world. And there is NOTHING like the feeling of being in a great cast of a theatrical production with a great audience. Then, when I found playwriting and songwriting, and realized that I could make something from the ground up and perform it, I could not stop. Nothing ever felt as good as performing what I had created… except for teaching kids to do the same thing….
I have asked all of my students to start off our blog with “What the Performing Arts Mean to Me.” And most of them stare at me blankly because it is a very general question. But I really want to know why week after week they come in and pour their hearts out in front of all of our teachers and their friends. I guess I want to know whether or not they too are head over heels in love with theater, music, and dance. And I hope that the overwhelming response is “Yes!”