Student Spotlight: Rio Magdaleno

Rio started out in the Wednesday night DanceCreate open level jazz class, and has also joined our Dance Basics Boot Camp on Saturday. Here’s what he had to say:

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“I can honestly say that it’s been such a blast being in Maria’s class. When I first joined, I had recently finished recovering from a broken foot injury. Starting out, certain things were harder for me because I was still getting my strength back. But I stuck to it and sure enough I started to feel such a difference in myself; not only physically but mentally as well.

“I started to feel more in tune with my body. I had more energy and just felt more relaxed and alive. Maria doesn’t just teach you how to dance. She teaches you how to own a room and feel comfortable in it. And for me being an actor, that speaks wonders.

“One of the many things that I love about class is that at the top of it, Maria always says that ‘there’s no criticism allowed in the space’ and if you feel like you’re being critical, then find something to admire. I use this in everyday life now. There have been times where I’ve felt down and critical and in those moments I always tell myself, ‘find something to admire.’

“Every week I look forward to class and every week I get better and better. Not only is Maria a wonderful teacher, she’s a wonderful friend as well.

“Thank you for all your love and support, Maria!”