Is Loyalty important to anyone these days?

In this 5 part series I will be discussing the top 5 Values of Port Macquarie Performing Arts and how these values shape your child’s dance education experience with us. So much of what we teach is not practical dance steps.

Why Loyalty?

In this 5 part blog series I will be discussing the top 5 Values of Port Macquarie Performing Arts and how these values shape your child’s dance education experience with us. So much of what we teach is not practical dance steps.

Whilst there are a lot of those too, the real lessons your child learns in the PMPA dance studio will be shaping the person they are becoming not just in the studio, but in the world.

Loyalty… This was an easy value to come up with. In a world of, I want it now, every man for himself, we have found that this quality in a person has become almost obsolete. 

How do we teach our children to stick at things, to commit to their team and to be grateful for what they have without discussing the importance of loyalty. 

To us at PMPA, loyalty means a few different things. 
Firstly Loyalty to your peers. A lot of what we teach at PMPA is centred on team-work. 1,2,3 Team-work! Is the chant you’ll hear from our dancer backstage before they enter for a routine and its what you hear in rehearsal when they are about to commence a run. Working as part of a team makes up a huge part of your dancers journey. We have many different programs that teach teamwork, the importance of not letting others down, commitment and loyalty. Being an active member of your team, doing your best and always giving 10% no mater whether you are at the front, the back or off on the side is just one of the important values we are teaching at PMPA. We want our PMPA dancers to be fiercely loyal to their team mates, to stick up for them, to lift them up when they are down, to work together and to enjoy the success that comes when you work towards a common goal. 

Loyalty to your teachers. The role of a dance teacher involves a lot of personal investment. It is very hard to work at PMPA and not fall in love with the dancers we teach, to not invest in their future, to not map out a path for their dance journey in your mind and watch as it unfolds before you. Dance teaching is a very rewarding profession. The relationships built between teachers and students are unique, each one different and each teacher invests in each student in a different way, always working towards a common goal. Teaching our dancers the importance of loyalty to their teachers, teaches them respect. This loyalty can be shown through kindness, through commitment, through hard work and perseverance. Through taking on corrections that you are given in class, working on them and then returning to class a little better than you were before. By teaching our dancers to be loyal to their teacher, that loyalty is returned. Both the student and the teacher grow when that loyalty and respect is shared and both parties get more out of the relationship. What kind of language do you use at home that teaches respect and loyalty to your child’s teachers? Do you encourage them to work through hard times? Or do you suggest giving up, trying something new or moving to another studio every time things get challenging? We encourage you to keep an open dialogue with your teachers. We have drop in times to speak with your child’s teacher throughout the week or you can book an appointment anytime with a teacher or with myself. Help us teach through action, respect and loyalty to the people who are helping shape your child’s future.

And finally, Loyalty to the art form. Dance is a discipline, it is not for the faint hearted. What other activity do you know of that requires incredible strength and flexibility yet demands that the performer show no sign of strain or fatigue throughout? Dance is hard but dance is rewarding. But dance takes effort. In teaching our dancers to respect and be loyal t the art form of dance gives them the opportunity to grow as performers, to improve as dancers and to blossom as young people. Dance requires commitment, this is why we conduct our classes over 10 week terms, 4 terms a year, with holiday classes in between. This is why we encourage you to ensure that your dancer is at every class, even just to watch. That they understand that to improve they have to work hard in the studio and out. If our dancers are loyal and respectful of the art form of dance, it will in turn give so much back to them. Not just in terms of technique but of memories that will last a lifetime. 

It is one thing for us to speak about our values in the studio, but how are you emulating these values at home. We hope that you chose PMPA as your dance studio of choice because our values aligned with your own. If they do, talk about them in the car or at the dinner table. Speak about the importance of team-work and respect and how those things they are learning at dance will help them navigate their place in the world as they grow. Together we are giving your child the opportunity to be the best version of themselves possible.