The Holiday Season has officially begun. We’ve made it through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and yesterday was #GivingTuesday. For ballet dancers it’s now the start of the Nutcracker and crazy hours of rehearsing and nightly performances. Some dancers are perfecting their classical variations and contemporary dances for Youth American Grand Prix, while others are rehearsing their dances for the 2016 commercial competition season. Throw in school and it’s easy to get overworked, not enough sleep and super stressed out. When you feel life getting out of control, take a minute to reflect on how lucky you are to do something you love . . . dance! One of the best ways to get back on track is to think of others and this is the perfect time to give back and help people in your community.
- Help an elderly neighbor decorate for Christmas.
- Bake cookies and take to a retirement home and sit and socialize with some of the residents
- Volunteer at a local food bank or soup kitchen
- Donate toys to Toys for Tots
- If your dance studio performs the Nutcracker, find local community events where you can perform a few of your dances.
- Pack bags to give out to the homeless (a Ziploc bag with a $5 gift card to McDonalds or Burger King, socks, a toothbrush, soap etc…)
- Start a can drive in your neighborhood
- Put together a Holiday dinner to give to a family in need
- There are lots of schools with homeless students in attendance. The school cannot tell you who these students are, but you can donate gift cards by giving the cards to the Vice-Principal or a school Counselor
- If you are an older dancer, offer to teach a dance class at the local Boys & Girls Club.
Remember you can give anytime . . . Not just during the Holidays. You may be surprised to find that giving is actually better than receiving! Hope this instills a love of philanthropy that continues with you year round and for the rest of your life.