cassidy olesen, instructor

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I started dancing when I was 8 years old at Sherwood Dance Academy. At 11 years old I started in the Showstoppers program. That’s when my love for dance really started to develop. When I went into high school I joined the dance team and participated in that team for 3 years. I started assisting classes at the studio when I was 12, which eventually led to teaching my own classes at 16. My whole family has been involved with the studio for years. My sisters have both danced at the studio and sometimes you will see my mom in the office. I’ve pretty much grown up at Sherwood Dance Academy, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. 

She teaches: Showstoppers Tech

Get to know Cassidy better:

When did you start dancing and why did you keep dancing?  I started dancing in 2nd grade and kept dancing because it was something that made me feel included and capable. 

Why did you want to become a dance instructor?  I wanted to become a dance instructor because dance has always been such an important part of my life. I think that the opportunity to share something I love with others is such an amazing thing. 

Do you still dance or take dance lessons even though you are an instructor?  I love taking classes despite the fact that I am an instructor! It’s harder to fit classes into my schedule, but I love when I have time for it. 

What is your favorite style of dance and why?  It’s difficult to choose one style, so I’ve narrowed my favorites down to 2. The first would be lyrical, I think expressing certain emotions of a song through dancing is so fun. The other style is sassy jazz. I think this may even top lyrical because fast paced and over the top sassy numbers are my absolute favorite to perform. 

What is the hardest part about dance to you and why?  The hardest part of dance for me is understanding that I am who I am. I shouldn’t compare myself to others in classes and I shouldn’t wish I could dance like someone else. It’s hard for me to remember that I have certain skills and special things about myself as a dancer, and other people have skills and special things that I don’t. 

What is your favorite thing to do outside of the studio or besides teaching dance?  My favorite thing to do outside of the studio is either learning new things or traveling. If you were to ask my family they may scoff at the traveling comment, but I really do enjoy visiting new places. Learning is also something I truly enjoy, especially math and science as those are my favorite subjects. 

What is your favorite dance quote and why?  “Practice like you’ve never won and perform like you’ve never lost”  This is my favorite quote because it always reminds me to work hard and try to get better but to also perform with confidence and share your love for dance with the world. 

Any other random tidbits you'd like to share?  Just a little motivation for my dancers… If you’ve been in my class, I’ve probably already told you this once. I know that conditioning and stretching are not the most fun things, but they are some of the most important aspects of dance. When you are conditioning or stretching, really push yourself and do your best. Don’t give up because that’s not going to help you at all, think about the dancer you want to be and use that as you motivation to keep going. Don’t cheat yourself.