Dancing Out of Control

I have seen my future. And I better start developing big hair. Because I'm going to be a Dance Mom. Or a Dance GodMom. I mentioned that Amelia May, my Goddaughter, is taking Hip Hop classes....more

When Does Parenting Our Preteens Turn Into Enabling Them?

"I can't find my black tap shoes!  I called daddy at home, and he can't find them either!" panicked Meg in the dressing room at her weekend dance competition.  We arrived abou...more

Teaching My Daughter The True Reality Of Reality TV

I'm not much on Reality TV. I only watch American Idol after they get to the top ten, and even then it's only sporadic. I watched the first season of Survivor and haven't watched since. I've never watched a Kardassian, a rapper, a former playboy model, or anyone from the Jersey shore. But I can't stay away from Dance Moms. ...more

Preparing For Performance

Winter break is over and it is late February. This is the time that we dance teachers focus on what is going to be presented on that stage this Spring. Call it Revue, Recital or Dance Concert. It is all the same. Those beautiful dancers that you have been preparing with all that dance technique are going to show what you have taught them. …..And this is what we teachers have going through our heads this time of year. ...more

Top 10 Offenses that Turn Me Into a Raving Lunatic

I work from home. This means that I am actually inside my house the majority—if not all—of the day. Every day. Therefore, the list of things that drive me crazy has been steadily growing. I don’t know if it’s just that I’m becoming less patient, or maybe I just need to get out more. Either way, the members of my (poor?) family are both the perpetrators of some of these acts and the recipients of my all-out insanity when they occur....more

Dance Moms on Lifetime: Is This How We Should Be Treating Our Kids?

A new parenting reality TV show out of, sigh, my hometown of Pittsburgh filled me with a series of emotions this week as I watched it. Most of those feelings were negative as I sat and endured the first episode of Dance Moms on Lifetime. I found myself compelled to yell back at the TV as Abby Lee, the dance studio dictator director screamed, yelled and generally berated these nine-year-old girls....more
I grew up in the world of competitive dance, even competing against Abby Lee and her girls at ...more