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'So You Think You Can Dance?' Starring My Daughter

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Kate Meyers: Last night, my 15-year-old, Annie, and her buddy, Riley, rolled up the living room carpet, cranked the music and choreographed a dance. They called me in to watch and film the finished product. It was one of those fabulous, joyous moments that you can't believe is happening even while it's happening.


I am so grateful that my daughter found dance. It rescues her from the angst of teenage-hood several hours a week, and the high, the confidence and the thrill of mastery last well beyond class. She's easier on herself and easier to be around.

It took a while to find dance. We tried soccer; we tried volleyball; we tried skiing; we tried swimming. Annie always liked the social aspect of sports, but she didn't seem to be that into sport itself. All of this was compounded by the fact that her younger sister is a born jock -- a tremendous competitor who seems, in her older sister's eyes, to glide easily into success.

I am so happy that we kept trying things until Annie found her passion. That has always been my dream as a parent -- that my children find something they're passionate about -- and realizing that that dream is coming to fruition makes me want to embrace the sky.

Watching those girls laugh and smile while moving and creating, seeing them enjoy the power and precision of their bodies and taking in the thought that this was their idea of a great night -- the whole thing made my heart dance.

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Donna LaMar, PhD June 9, 2010, 12:53 PM

I loved this article. One of the best ways to help our children through the teens years is to teach them something positive - like dance. The more good, productive things a teen can learn to do (called competencies), the higher their self-esteem will grow. When they feel good aobut themselves they can say “no” easier to the more destructive things like alcohol,drugs, violence, etc.

Julia June 10, 2010, 1:05 AM

I’m happy for you and your daughter! My son’s only passion is computer and he gave up his study. He just want to purchase essays to get fair grade. I can’t do something because he thinks he’s already an adult.

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