Students, friends, supporters and family,
Each December, I look back to congratulate, reminisce and share a little message to bring us into the new year. 2020 is without exception.
I will not lie. This has been a difficult year, probably one of the most tumultuous on record for most of us. As we trudge through the last week of the murky quagmire that is 2020, I hold onto the belief that all of us have the strength, love and hope to shed the darkness and dance into the light.
Home has been a cornerstone for us all. We've learned to adapt to and reacquaint ourselves within the walls that we sleep, live and breathe. Since March, a burgeoning paradox grew... are these walls that surround me there for protection – or do they prevent me from escaping? Either way, they were a constant reminder of our desire – our need, really – to be human and to connect.
This innate desire to connect under these terrible circumstances did have silver lining, however. It set into motion an unprecedented acceleration of innovation and industrious tenacity. It forced us to prove what we are all made of. For me, my coping strategy was to find new ways to be creative – to maintain some semblance of normalcy for my student community and to make sure we could still connect through dance.
This innate desire to connect under these terrible circumstances did have silver lining, however. It set into motion an unprecedented acceleration of innovation and industrious tenacity.
This year, we put on Cape Cod's first-ever dance film festival – "Step into the Season" was enjoyed by a welcoming audience. We participated in a community fundraiser for the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod to benefit the Artist Relief Fund. We welcomed Angel Fox as part of our dance faculty and she, along with Brandon and Samantha, navigation this unchartered landscape with pizazz. I learned to choreograph words into sentences, started to blog, and found that the power of writing can touch people profoundly. I reenergized my love for dance on film (dormant skill I never considered using until now) in our new DanceScape lecture series. We continued to provide dance education virtually and in person for the youths in the Chance 2 Dance program – making sure they would have space and time dedicated to them for dance. We learned to dance with heart, despite the clinical procedure of temperature checks, mask wearing and sanitization.
We are prevailing. Now, going into 2021, I couldn’t be more proud of the student body, supporters and teachers of Studio 878, Adam in Chatham and Chance 2 Dance. I look forward to seeing you all in 2021 with lots of exciting developments for the studio as time and climate allows.
Thank you for being your unique you – it allows me to be my unique self, too. This year has really invited us to find the best in all of us and our neighbors! Let’s take this positive into the new year and never forget that we are much stronger than we all anticipated. We can achieve anything together.
Your dance teacher, Adam x