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Why We SHiNE!

Vulnerability. Desire. Longing. Creativity. Connection. Joy.

Experiencing any of these emotions individually can be both exhausting and exhilarating. But experiencing them all at once, well, it’s the closest most of us can get to the divine, especially on a Saturday morning. Yet I have felt each of these emotions during a Saturday morning SHiNE class. And more importantly, I have been comfortable experiencing these diverse emotions because of the people who surrounded me, even when I’d just met them that morning.

That’s because the SHiNE tribe is a nonjudgmental, welcoming community where we all strive to be supportive and inclusive. We encourage individuality. You have a new twist you want to put on a certain move? Show us! Do you love to sing along at the top of your lungs despite having been the only person who didn’t get selected for the ALL Girls’ Ensemble in sixth grade? Come belt out the tunes on the dance floor with us! We LOVE everything quirky, daring and fun! Are you more reserved, preferring to test out those new steps discreetly in the back corner? There’s a place for you at SHiNE as well, where you can quietly study the front row and figure it out at your own pace. But be warned – our instructors WILL come say hello during the break and make sure you’re having a good time!

The SHiNE dance routines are easy to follow, and with the incorporation of ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance, all those diverse emotions are yours for the taking if you let yourself sink into the music and moves.

But don’t take my word for it – come check it out yourself! Whether you are already a SHiNE tribe member or you are new to dance and looking for a place to let yourself truly shine, we look forward to seeing YOU on the dance floor soon!

Written by: Christie Marra

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