A whole new world

By Aubree Bailey
On September 22, 2017

Aubree Bailey
Managing Editor

When I’m not meticulously proofreading articles for the Ram Page or interviewing alumni, I am wiping noses, fixing hair bows and teaching 3,4, and 5 year olds how to point their toes.

I teach dance at the Dance Academy three days a week in addition to my job with the paper.

I usually get one of two reactions when I tell people this- smiles and drawn out, "Awwwww’s," or, more frequently, noses wrinkled in disgust and exclaims of, "How can you do that!"

Some days, I ask myself the same question, especially when there’s snot on my leggings from a crying kid who doesn’t want to leave mom for just 45 minutes, or when 18 4 year olds all stomp their tap shoes with no regard to rhythm or noise level, or when I’ve been listening to Disney Princess music for two straight hours.

Trust me, there is a limit to how many times you can handle "Let It Go."

Yet even though teaching dance isn’t the most glamorous job, I absolutely love it.

I love how when the girls walk in, wearing pink tights and leotards, they run to the middle of the room and sit, most of them so excited to be there.

I love when they say, "I missed you, Miss Bree! I wish you were in my class at school!"

I don’t usually bother explaining that I would be out of place at Kindergarten; I just smile and tell them I missed them too.

I love when they ask me silly-and often way too personal questions- like if I’m wearing underwear under my dance clothes.

I love when one of the girls has drawn me a picture at school and brings it to me, holding it up and saying, "Miss Bree, look what I made for you!"

Many times these pictures say things like, "I love you!" or "Dance is my favorite."

I love how I get random hugs through out class and how affectionate some of the girls can be.

I love getting to teach them something I enjoyed so much growing up, and still enjoy now.

I love helping them gain coordination and learn new things.

I love hearing their giggles, even when I should be reprimanding them for being loud during class.

I love looking into their sweet faces as they look up at me, and seeing such innocence and curiosity. It makes me want to tell them to never grow up.

There’s something so refreshing about going from my busy, often stressful semi-adult life, to being in the world of 3, 4, and 5 year olds, where they don’t care if I can summarize a Shakespeare play or pass a Spanish exam.

I spend half of my week in that world, and I absolutely love it.

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