Student Spotlight: Phoebe Carter

Phoebe started out with us in the Dance Basics Boot Camp I. Here’s what she had to say:

While scrolling through the “perks” offered for donating to my friend’s crowd-funding campaign, I saw “Dance Classes with Maria Del Bagno.” I immediately clicked the link to select that perk and gladly made my donation. I was beyond excited to see that choice! It had been years since I learned some basic dance with Maria in my musical theater class and I had always threatened to get back to it. This was the kickstart I needed – pun intended! Phoebe Carter Headshot

Maria’s Dance Basics Boot Camp started me back at the very beginning, which I truly needed and appreciated. I didn’t hesitate to sign up for another series and then another. I’m now in my third month as a regular member of Dance Basics Boot Camp II! I’m having so much fun incorporating the steps we’ve learned into combinations with some of the best music. I don’t know how she does it, but every week there is more than one song selection that hits me to the core and makes me connect, body and heart, to the movement.

I came to class with a couple of specific goals and I’m achieving them, one class at a time. Maria creates a safe and positive environment where I can not only get my body moving again, which is one of my goals, but I can move through all of the self-consciousness in my head to take me to a place of pure joy and love for dance. I’m still fumbling through some of the moves and learning how to figure out the arms once I get the feet doing the right things. But, as Maria says, making mistakes is how we learn and I’m embracing the process, mistakes and all. Every single person in the class generates such beauty and positive energy that I’m so grateful I showed up each week and I look forward to the next week as soon as it’s over.