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Disability or Ability? 

August 10, 2016 

Ashlie McCormac, Intern at SdeB

Dance is usually not done as just a hobby. More often than not,

dancers will tell you it is their passion. I do not differ from this

mold. Dance is my passion, and it always has been. Though, I did enjoy

straying from the path most traveled, in this case being ballet, hip

hop, or jazz.

I evolved into what is considered an aerial dancer. I competed in pole

dance championships and performed aerial silks. I loved the

combination of flexibility, strength, and dance.

Then, all of it was ripped from me when I fell off a ski lift. I

destroyed both of my knees, including but not limited to three tears

in my ACL. After that, dance seemed to be a thing of the past for me.

After years and years in and out of wheelchairs and crutches, even

After seven knee surgeries and still more to come, I continued to

rebuild my career but it was never the same.

I finally felt back to myself when my road of dance got another

pothole. I was 17. When I saw my doctor, he told me the hearing loss

in my right ear was now permanent and I should expect to loose the

left ear as well. My left ear followed on New Year's Eve when I was

20. I was defeated. I finally felt as though my chance was over. So I

retired my pointe shoes, my silks, and my pole.

I started my new path. I enrolled in Armstrong State University,

became an English major, and learned to live with my body that

betrayed me. The school told me that I had to take P.E. Courses. I saw

a class for modern dance for beginners. I decided I would take a

chance. I thought to myself, "well, they are all beginners, and I will

be starting from the bottom as well, so why not."

I walked in and Rachael Moore as the instructor. She must have seen

something in me, because she told me to apply for her internship.

Now the stage is finally set. I started working at Salon de Baile as

an intern in November of 2015. I had my first competition in January

and walked away with first place in every heat I competed.

Though my dancing does come with some added complications, like my partner tapping the beat on my shoulder to assist me with keeping

time, Or like the shadow of my next knee surgery hanging over my head, which I'm currently working on scheduling between competitions. It is all worth it.

Rachael Moore is my perfect mentor. Her mission statement is that

anyone can dance. Because of this, Rachael gave a chance to a bad

kneed, deaf dancer who just wanted a second chance to pursue her

passion. She constantly explains to people that neither of those make

me any less of a dancer than anyone else, and neither of those are a

hindrance or disability. 

-Ashlie McCormac, Intern at SdeBDanceStudio

What's in your dance bag? 

February 16, 2019

Rachael Moore, Founder, Lead Instructor, Fitness Professional

We all want to be as prepared as possible.  I am always asked what to keep handy in my dance bag.  Well, it may shock you what you will find in mine own.  But, here are a few things that you should grab and pack away for your next dance lesson, dance class/fitness class, party, and/or competition.  

  1. Dance Shoes- duh... (it's like playing tennis without a tennis racket...makes life harder)-- different dance styles call for different shoes...ask your teacher, they can help--
  2. Notebook and pen/pencil -- always good to write things down to remember!
  3. Towel - You should be working hard enough that you will sweat! 
  4. Extra clothes - maybe you don't want to go to your next event smelly...  :)
  5. Water bottle - stay hydrated! 
  6. Women - hair ties, hairspray, brush, bobby pins, makeup/fake eyelashes, nail polish, tape (never know when you need that) -- all the wonders to keep us beautiful! 
  7. Fuel- protein bars are great when you are running low on fumes. Shoe brush - keep those shoes healthy to twist and turn on the floor. 
  8. Warm Up Jacket - Robe -- this is mainly for competitions because those ballrooms can get pretty chilly. 
  9. Band-aids and ointment -- yikes! Blisters hurt! 
  10. Flush-able wipes - well... you can figure out what that might be for. ;) 

There are many other things that you can add to this list, but I wanted to get you started with some of the items that I put in my bag.  If you have other things that you add, that's GREAT! Stay prepared and focus on what is going to make you a better social dancer, entertainer, or athlete on the dance-floor! 

Now, go out there and rock it.