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Thursday, December 16, 2010


"I do it for the joy it brings, cause I'm a joyful girl. 'Cause the world owes us nothing, we owe each other the world". -Ani DiFranco

This week is one of my favorite weeks of the school year. It's open class week, where visitors can come in and watch the children in their dance classes. I had several wonderful friends (thank you!) join my boys class yesterday, and something I keep hearing around the office this morning is how joyful the boys are.

It is such a different experience teaching classes where the children are joyful about what they are doing. Often, the adult classes I teach are filled with such self judgement, criticism, frustration---I wish they would have one ounce of the joy for dancing ballet that my boys do. It makes me think how different my life would be if I just expressed more joy in the things I do, more joy to the people I spend time with, and more joy just being.

"Joy is increased by spreading it to others" -Robert Murray

Hope my buddy Chad puts a smile on your face and brings a little joy to your day. Go ahead. Smile. Permission to be joyful for the things/people/activities you love in your life.



"Joy is the feeling of grinning inside" -Melba Colgrove

3 comments:

carafinnerty said...

Your presence in my life makes me joyful, Tammi! Love you!

candice said...

I had such a great time teaching my adults this morning after watching your inspiring boys' class yesterday. The joy of movement is contagious!

Matthew said...

Watching your skill and grace as you orchestrated a room containing 18 nine-year-old ballet dancers, one piano accompanist, several guests and the director of your school was a thing of beauty. Those kids are lucky to have someone as gifted, talented and loving toward them as you are. Thank you for letting me witness something so beautiful.