Monday, April 19, 2010

Why Dance Matters: An interview with my Mom and Dad

Last week in celebration of the Why Dance Matters project I posted an interview with my 4 and 5 year old classes. Although the kids gave such sweet answers, this week I thought interviewing my mom and dad would be great insight into why dance matters so much! They have some great answers, so read on! I am so happy to open up this discussion, because I had no idea what they really thought! Now I do! I hope you enjoy!

A little background on my parents: My parents are both in the healthcare field. My mom has been a surgical nurse for over 30 years. My dad is a dialysis technician. They live in small town Corry, PA where I grew up. My dad loves the outdoors and his garden. My mom loves to ride her bike and is very crafty. They truly are the best, and I am so lucky to have them.

Mom says:

Why did you sign me up for dance?

You were shy and I thought it would help you with that.

Did you learn anything from having a daughter (and son) enrolled in dance?

You and your brother were always so excited and looked forward for every wednesday to come! You had such an opportunity which I never had growing up. I was so happy to be able to send you to dance, I don’t think my parents could have afforded to send me.

Do you think it's important for every child to experience dance?

I do, it gives them coordination, makes them feel excited, important and so proud to be a dancer!

Do you like to dance?

I like to dance but haven’t done it in a long time. I probably dance through you!

Dad says:

Why is dance important?

It’s an outlet so kids can express themselves.

Did you learn anything from enrolling me in dance?

I learned to listen to what you wanted to do and thats when I learned what you were thinking and that you had a mind of your own.

Well I don't see myself being anything else but a dance teacher, do you?

No, you love little kids and they make you smile! They are attracted to you like a magnet!

They both say:

Anything else you have to say about why dance matters?

Dance matters to us because you have inspired so many children's lives! After doing your summer programs, the moms still see us around town and the first thing they ask is how you are doing and when you are coming back? Its been 3 years since you were here! No matter where you go the moms and children love you and you love them back. We get a big smile on our faces because I know how happy it makes you and it makes us so proud to be your mom and dad!

Do you know why dance matters to your mom or dad? Have you ever talked to them about what they think about dance, and what it means to them? Please check out the Why Dance Matters project here for how you can join in on the movement!

(photos taken by my brother, Kevin Hanley)

(special thanks to mom and dad for taking the time to do the interview!)


  1. That's such a sweet interview. I think I'm too shy to ask my parents. I'm sure they'll say because I love it. You have such loving and supportive parents. I wish all my students parents were like yours.

  2. Your project is so worthwhile, and your interview with your parents is so touching and revealing! I am a blogger also - for ballroom ~ - and am going to link to your article for my readers to of luck in your project!

  3. Thank you so much! You are right Tiffany, I wish all parents would be as supportive as mine. It's so sad that it's not the case.