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A Message from Livia

by Livia
I have always had a passion for dance. As a little girl, my first official introduction to dance were classes in ballet and jazz. As I got older, I continued to be enchanted with the art and pursued many dance classes. When I would watch people dancing I would feel a sense of joy and exhilaration. It always amazed me that people could create such beautiful movements with such poise and grace. I was mesmerized by the creativity and I would try to understand how they had put together choreography with such rhythm and flow. I realized that people feel great when they let loose and have fun and I knew that I wanted to dedicate my life to dance and making others feel great!

Additionally, I have always had a genuine interest in children and how they learn and develop. My dedication to dance has allowed me to witness children learning dance steps for the first time and then, after a period of time, feeling a sense of accomplishment. For me, this was magical and priceless.

Twelve years ago, way before I had my own kids, I was so fortunate to be able to combine my passion for dance and love for children and teach dance at a local community center. Since that time, Funky Feet has grown exponentially and now encompasses a full professional office staff, as well as a dance team in two cities!! I have personally witnessed making a difference in so many children’s lives by enriching them with our unique dance programs. I remember when I was younger in dance classes I would feel frustrated when I wasn't able to get the moves “right.” This feeling has resonated with me throughout the years. It was for this reason that I wanted to come up with a unique teaching method that was the complete opposite of the way I learned as a child. This method was created to enhance the children’s self-confidence. Many parents have shared personal stories about how prior to taking a Funky Feet class, their child was shy and resistant to become involved in the dance class, but after the session it was almost magical how they overcame their shyness and began to show more confidence!

This has always been the foundation of what we are all about and it is the most important part of our program, our desire is that children simply have FUN when they dance. Our experience has shown that children derived a sense of “confi-dance” when they participate in our classes!

I am overwhelmed and humbled by the success of Funky Feet and I am so proud to soon announce our future expansion projects!

Livia Avrith

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