We believe the greatest gift we can give the artistic community is a dancer who not only has a broad knowledge and strong technique, but one who can apply those talents in a spirit of confidence, compassion, and a commitment to the communities that they are a part of.
Dance can be a powerful tool for developing individual leadership skills. The process of learning dance teaches our students to set goals, to work effectively in teams, to creatively solve problems, and a host of other character-building attributes. We recognize that only a small percentage of our students will want to become professional dancers…while all of them will become professional people! CoMMotion Dance is committed to helping them become the most successful people possible.
Students who have completed a fundamentals or entry level program at CoMMotion Dance and are accepted for additional training are considered part of our “Leadership Team.”
We charge our leadership team with responsibility to nurture the positive culture that we have built at CoMMotion Dance. Leadership Team members are expected to demonstrate the leadership principles in their behavior on and off the dance floor/stage and to be an example for our newer/younger students. Those who most successfully demonstrate the principles in their practice are given opportunities to further develop their skills through becoming teacher's helpers, teacher’s aids, teaching assistants, and substitute teachers in addition to other developmental experiences.
Each month, we focus on a specific leadership principle and together we explore how applying that skill enhances our dance practice and our success in social, academic, and family life. Students participate eagerly in both class chats and our more advanced Leadership Programs, such as S.TA.R.S.
This program is designed as an apprentice position for dancers who want to learn more about being a dancer and a dance teacher. It supports the further development of discipline, professionalism, self-confidence, and other valuable skill sets.