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Looking for a perfect gift for yourself or that special dancer in your life?
Here’s what we came up with so far for our 2016 wish list:

• A year’s subscription to Datura (online classes)

• A photoshoot with Jeanie Lewis (Seattle)

• Drumming lessons (with George Sadak or Erik Brown, Seattle)

• Private lesson with Henna (Portland,

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Health benefits, stress relief, adrenaline rushes, boosts of self-confidence, supportive community, artistic expression — I am in love with dance (and movement) for many of the same reasons we all are. But I want to let you in on a little secret… I didn’t learn the REAL REASON behind why I dance until, as funny as it seems, I stopped dancing.

Or at least, I stopped dancing from an outsider’s perspective. (Meaning, I stopped teaching,

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Why do we enjoy movement arts? There are so many answers to this questions and every person you ask will answer with something different. There may be trends and similar reasons but for the most part people will have unique answers. This is one of the many reasons I love movement arts! It evokes passion in people in an infinite amount of ways.

[pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] It evokes passion in people in an infinite amount of ways.  

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I took my first ballet class when I was four years old. At that time, the big draw for me to keep coming back were the tutus and pointe shoes and that someday I could wear them. I don’t remember asking my mom for classes but I’m so grateful that even though we were pretty poor, I remember always being in dance classes. I became obsessed with ballet around nine years old and read every book on the subject I could get my hands on at the library.

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Dance has always been in my life. It’s something I’ve always loved, from jazz classes to high school dances. I’ve loved being on the dance floor (preferably surrounded by people so no one could see me). Being an incredibly shy person, belly dancing wasn’t exactly a logical choice for me since it is often done as a solo. But a friend of mine was taking classes and invited me along. I was super excited. At the time I was looking for a hobby because I hated the fact that when people asked me what my hobby was I always answered reading.

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