Earlier this month, my sister-in-law’s dance studio, Room to Move, held their annual student showcase, Time to Groove.

Room to Move isn’t your typical dance studio. You won’t see any dance moms, crazy competitive students or harsh ballet mistresses. The studio is a “co-op” meaning, whoever needs “room to move” can rent space and hold classes, rehearsals, etc. All the teachers often come together for annual events, like the student show. Everyone is very supportive and accepting of all types of dance, all body types, and all skill levels.

This style of studio (and the emphasis on not just being a dance, or a certain type of dance, studio) has led to some pretty cool stuff …

Time to Groove 2012

My mom and I were on Madeline Duty … tough job, let me tell you 🙂

Time to Groove 2012

Baby ballerinas

Time to Groove 2012

Time to Groove 2012

These girls (above) actually did their number themselves, without prompts from a teacher or more advanced student. Everyone was so proud of them!

Time to Groove 2012

Solo

Time to Groove 2012

A family martial arts group teaches classes and always does a pretty awesome demo

Time to Groove 2012

Time to Groove 2012

More ballet

Time to Groove 2012

A little PG burlesque (that’s my sister-in-law / dance studio owner in front)

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Spotted in the wings: my other sister-in-law, doing the moves for her poms class.

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And the poms had a “mascot”

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Hooping with Aurora

Time to Groove 2012

Time to Groove 2012

In case you can’t tell, the various ballet classes were doing Swan Lake. Here are the black swans.

Time to Groove 2012

Time to Groove 2012

Belly Dance

Time to Groove 2012

Our friend Brenda, who has danced professionally and teaches the more advanced students, was the finale – the Dying Swan. She was so beautiful, I almost cried.

Time to Groove 2012

Time to Groove 2012

Time to Groove 2012

Time to Groove 2012

Time to Groove 2012

They always end the show by inviting everyone on stage for a drum/dance jam (seated are my [older middle] brother on the left and sis-in-law [his wife] on the right)

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The many faces of my niece. I was trying to just get a nice picture of her with her flowers.

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