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The Magic of Dance The love of movement and music

As ancient as fire, dance has always been a part of human culture. It’s at the core of rituals and celebrations all over the globe. Everyone can benefit from experiencing the heartbeat of dance, especially kids.

“Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It’s a miracle. And the dance is a celebration of that miracle.”

—Martha Graham

Tamara Dawson took her first dance class when she was just three. She went on to compete and train internationally for many years, having learned everything from modern and jazz to hip hop and street dance. Dawson credits one of her first ballet instructors with helping her discover her passion.

“She made it magical for me,” recalls Dawson, who currently teaches adults. “We were dancing around like fairies and walking like princesses. It was this magical place.”

As she honed her skills, Dawson learned much more than pointe technique and lyrical gestures; she realized that dance was a way for her to convey her feelings.

“I remember I walked into ballet class one time and my instructor looked at me and knew I was a complete mess,” Dawson recalls. “She looked straight at me and said, ‘Whatever is going on in your life, I want you to express it in your dancing.’ All of a sudden, I became super emotional and started expressing it in my dance. It was so powerful. So many people want to push it [emotion] down.

“You can feel your creativity bubble up from all the things you’ve experienced, and it’s the best feeling in the world,” she says. “It’s your release.”

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