I’m a mom of three kids who all attend Masterworks. I happen to love writing, so I’m helping offset the costs of my kids’ involvement by doing weekly blogs for the Masterworks website. There are many parents working behind the scenes to help Masterworks run smoothly including: cleaners, supervisors, costume helpers, and drivers. The work-for-trade option is just one of the many things I love about Masterworks Dance Studio.
What else do I love? I happen to love dance myself, and have actually taken classes with Masterworks—before my kids were born (and a year after). What I love about Masterworks is the positive environment. There is no pressure to have a certain body-type. Kids aren’t pushed into heavy competition before they’re ready, yet they are introduced to it through S.H.I.N.E. (more on that later). Teachers are personable and genuinely interested in their students.
A big one for me is the overall healthy approach to the body and dance overall healthy approach to the body and dance. You will never see a four-year-old dancing like you would expect a twenty-four-year-old to dance. Costumes are modest. Music is appropriate. You can attend your child’s recital with confidence, knowing that you’re not going to be shocked. I didn’t fully grasp how grateful I was for this until I attended the Manitoba Dance Festival and observed some of the other musical theatre classes in action.
Back to the costumes. I didn’t realize how fortunate we are at Masterworks until I learned how many studios handle costumes, with students buying each of their costumes (my sister-in-law paid $700 one year). Masterworks charges a rental fee for each class and puts together costumes for each recital from what they have on hand in their costume room, adding to their collection each year as they see fit. It’s a brilliant and sustainable use of resources. They also rent out dance shoes and hold an annual swap, so not everyone has to buy new shoes.
Which brings me to my final point: Masterworks makes it their aim to make the arts accessible. What a gift. Whether it’s subsidy, work-for-trade, or providing rides, Masterworks is giving more kids getting the chance to dance, sing, and create. I love that, don’t you? I guess I can put Masterworks down in my Gratitude Journal.