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Today we’d like to introduce you to Trudy Sherman.

Trudy, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I started dancing at age 6. I took ballet, jazz, tap, and acrobatics. I continued to take lessons through high school. During college, I regularly participated in Folk Dance and Square Dance as well as taking dance classes in college. After I graduated with my electrical engineering degree, I spent less and less time dancing. By the time I got married, I wasn’t dancing much at all. In the late ’90s, my mom moved back to Arizona. She was walking with a cane and was getting bronchial infections and pneumonia every few months. She asked if I would go to tai chi classes with her. Her doctors had recommended tai chi as an excellent exercise for both her legs and her lungs. I was skeptical, but I went with her. Within six months, my mom no longer needed her cane, and she was not getting lung infections nearly as often. I became a believer in the benefits of tai chi. Several years later, I was certified to teach a stationary form of tai chi developed specifically for people with Parkinson’s and those with balance issues. My husband and I planned that when we retired, we would open a tai chi studio.

Not long after that, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At one point during my treatment, I did a life review and realized that my only regret in life was that I had stopped dancing. The next Christmas, after successfully beating cancer, my husband got us ballroom dance lessons. Within two years, not only was I dancing with my husband, but I was dancing in competitions. One thing led to another, and two years ago we decided to open a dance studio of our own so that we would always have a place to take lessons and practice dancing. I would also have a place to teach tai chi. We wanted a place where independent instructors could teach lessons and classes. We wanted our studio to be a place where people were comfortable and happy to be dancing. In September of 2017, we opened the doors to our studio: Kaleidoscope Dance Space.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My art is helping people to have fun moving their body. We specialize on the beginner and the social dancer. Whether it is ballroom, tai chi, or another style of dance, we break down whatever is being taught into understandable, learnable, pieces. We often provide handouts about what we are teaching so that students can take the information home and practice on their own. The focus is on enjoying what is being done. Smiling and laughing are a common part of our classes. There is no pressure to buy more classes or lessons. There is no intimidation.

We have shown over and over that when people are enjoying what they are doing, they learn more quickly and get greater benefit from the classes they take. This is as true for those over 90 years of age that take Easy Tai Chi as it is for the three-year-olds in our Kids Combo classes as well as for all those in between.

We feel it is very important to work together and be supportive of others. This true in our classes as well as in the overarching philosophy of our studio to provide a place for independent instructors to follow their passion for teaching their specialty. Everyone that teaches a class at our studio is included on our calendars and on our website at no charge if they want. Their flyers are posted in the studio, and their business cards are displayed.

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
The biggest challenge for artists today is getting the word out about what they have to offer. There are so many options in all fields of art that it is hard for people to be aware of everything available. Short of massive ad campaigns, getting the public aware of what someone has to offer is a slow and tedious process requiring much patience.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Check out our photo gallery on the web page.

Look at videos on our YouTube channels.

Follow our FaceBook pages.

Come visit our studio. It is located at 2848 S. Carriage Lane, Mesa, AZ 85202.

Our website has descriptions of classes and calendars for classes and events.

www.kaleidoscope-dance.com

The best support someone can provide is to come take a class and then share their positive experience with others.

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