Business of the Month October 2015
Dance It Up with Music
Dance It Up opened July 17, 2005. According to owner Jennifer Chin:
I had a vision that I could make a place where children not only learned to dance, but learned life lessons. I wanted to instill skills in them such as determination, motivation, self confidence, discipline, time management, and respect for themselves and their peers among many other lessons. Taking my morals and values instilled when I was a young child and sharing them our family has grown. I wanted them to learn to be gracious in winning and generous in defeat. Fear of working too hard was not a lesson that they would ever experience, but fear of not working hard enough is something that they have come to live by. By pushing themselves to the limit, seeing progress, and expecting more of them than they would ever expect from themselves is what they have come to know.
Growing up in a family of giving it was only natural that I would follow in my parents footsteps. That is how Charity Corner was born. Every year my parents would choose a different hospital, count how many kids in the children’s department, and buy them all toys. I clearly remember watching my mother wrap every teddy bear the size of me one by one with a smile. My father would dress up as Santa and deliver them to the children. What does this have to do with Dance It Up with Music? Everything. It has never been about WHAT we can give to the students….amazing costumes? Yes. Triple Pirouettes? Yes. Sky high leaps? Yes. Rather it the WHY we do it. “Give Jennifer” that is what I have always heard. All of the things you read above is our WHY. Nothing makes my heart more full than a Saturday morning bursting with little kiddos running out of their classes saying “Thank you for bringing me to dance class!” while throwing their arms around their parents.
So where do I hope for our studio to go? Well, I hope it takes everyone that experiences it on a journey to greatness. On a journey to better themselves. You cannot have more without first doing more; you cannot do more if you do not want to be MORE. I was raised where More was our only option not to receive the WHAT out of life but to constantly be reminded of our WHY in life.
I hope to see you in our walls someday and you can experience our WHY all for yourself….