In 2023 we want to take time to recognize all the wonderful people that make this studio possible. We have an amazing staff with qualifications out of the roof… but they are more than just dancers and educators. So for the next couple of weeks, we will be getting to know the humans behind the teacher, and their little fun facts. 

This week we are diving into the little details of Miss Iydan! 

There are many colors out there in the world, and she couldn’t possibly choose just one. The colors that have caught attention of Miss Iydan are PINK🌸 & PURPLE💜! Two colors that seems like cousins. Purple is the color of royalty, and pink makes us think of all things sweet. So we completely understand why she loves them so.

When it comes to food Miss Iydan loves the savory goodness of a good french fry! They pair well with just about anything, and come in many forms. You can dress them up any way you’d like, or keep them simple and salty. Truly who doesn’t love a good ‘ol french fry now and then? 

Music is the love language of one Miss Iydan❤️. It’s a big part of who she is. Her favorite song is constantly changing. But with all the music out there how could it not for such a music lover🎵? Today the songs that get her heart singing is ‘Do It’ by Chloe X Halle and ‘Lovergirl’ by Teena Marie. 

Just like with song our teacher of the week believes there are too many amazing artists out there to pick just one☝️. So here are a few at the top of her long list of song birds🎤🦜: Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Doja Cat, Mariah Carey, and Brandy!

We are made a memories☁️, and as we grow older we become a product all the things we have experienced along the way. Some memories stick our more than others💬. At the end of the day memories are things we have to old onto throughout our life time. Miss Iydan’s all time favorite memories were made during the summer in her home state of main with her family.🌲

Even though everyone here is an amazing dancer our teachers are much more than that. Outside of the studio, Miss Iydan loves anything related to making and listening to music🎼 . When she wants to relax she loves to crack open a book 📚 or get to some writing of down of her own. If she needs a little brain teacher that calms the soul at the same time she will take to a puzzle.🧩

Possessions can come in many different shapes or forms. Some things are tangible, others are things that live within us like the memories we hold from walking through life. Miss Iydan’s most prized possession is her journals📓. She loves writing ✍️ and keeping all the journals that she’s written over the years.

Our teachers here at Reach For the Barres are fountains of knowledge⛲️. They are people who are full of amazing advice. What Miss Iydan would like to pass on to the students here is “Try EVERYTHING. You’re never gonna now where you’re gonna find your passion, or maybe meet your new best friend, so don’t be afraid to step out of your box.”💕

These are just a few of the things that make Miss Iydan so special!





A lot of the new year is focused on ways to improve ourselves, and what a better way to do just that than by spreading kindness. You never know how far you small acts can go for someone else! 

Below we will dive into 3 simple ways to spreed kindness this year❤️



Words hold a lot of power. All it takes is a few simple words to lift someone’s day. Your friends and family know you love them, but hearing it more often will never be a bad thing. That goes for other people that you come across in your every day life as well. Whether it’s barista or your teacher at school let them know you appreciate the task they have done for you in that moment, or just in general. The 💪🏼 behind a “THANK YOU” is immense!



Think of someone who goes above and beyond for you. Could be a parent or guardian. The teachers you see everyday or an older sibling. They do many things for you because they truly care. What could you do for them? Something that makes their day easier of course! You can make sure you room at home or work space as school is always clean. It could alleviate some of their everyday stressors, and give them one less thing to worry about. If you are the older sibling try helping out with your smallest family member once in a while. Any big or small task to make the day easier for the person you care about will go further than you may think. The 🔑 is NOT as for something in return for the favor you gave!



Look people in the eyes when you give them a grin. This is such a simple way to spread kindness, and it’s another freebie! Be generous with your smile and put feeling into it. Smile at cashiers, waiters and baristas, mail carriers, and other people you come in contact with. This easy gesture can brighten people’s day. ☀️


It is almost the New Year which means it’s time to set some new goals for yourself for 2023!

Here are some habits for your dancer to incorporate into their new season of life and dance.

Roll Out!

Foam roller, marshmallow stick, or tennis ball. Give yourself ten minutes after class or rehearsal to break up the fascia in your body. Your muscles will thank you!

Say no to inflammation.

Dancers’ bodies are sensitive to inflammation, so it’s a good idea to incorporate some anti-inflammatory foods into your diet.

The chances are that some of these foods are already familiar to you: almonds, green tea, and blueberries, for example. You can find out more here.


Cross train

If you don’t already, cross-training can make a big difference in your dancing. Popular regimes for dancers include pilates, yoga and swimming. Check our some of our teacher tip videos for some guidance! 

Below are some technical goals for your dancers to set for themselves this New Year!

  1. Break your habit of hopping in your turns.
  2. Improve your balance.
  3. Jump smarter – knees over toes, deep plié.
  4. Get your hips square consistently.
  5. Improve your turnout, either flexibility-wise or in your dancing.

Here are some artistic goals that your dancer can look to strive for in the New Year! 

  1. Get more comfortable with improv.
  2. Make a habit of using your eyes, not looking at the floor.
  3. Improve your transitions to get that “graceful” look.
  4. Get better at showing different emotions through movement.
  5. Improve your musicality.