the mission behind the stories
Hi there! I’m Lucy and I’m a cheetah-enthusiast, lover of all things sparkles, and I adore Diet Peach Snapple like it's my job!
My mother put me into my first pair of ballet shoes when I was just three years old and it was love at first plie. From then on my childhood was full of tutus, pointe shoes, and stage lights. I decided at age 12 I wanted to share my passion for dance with the rest of the world and so I set on down the wild and free-spirited path of life in the performing arts. 17 years later I am so proud to call myself a dance teacher for all ages and many genres.
But that wasn’t enough for me. No, no, I was born to be an entrepreneur and I have been putting myself into leadership roles since I was little. My dream was to open a dance studio one day! However, one night as I was daydreaming about my future my husband said to me, “How is your dance studio going to be different from the other hundreds of studios around?”
My husband is extremely wise and gentle-mannered and that’s truly why I love him. However, his question drove me nuts because he had a point. The world doesn’t need another dance studio cut from the same type of fabric. Sure, I would run an amazing studio but that role is already filled by hundreds of fantastic studio owners who are already out there and killing it.
So what’s a girl with a wild spirit and dreams the size of the solar system to do? I stepped back and started to take a long hard look at my career and think about what I could do to share my love of dance with the world. This is what I came up with:
1. I wanted to get more kids into dance. Movement and music are some of the greatest treasures this world has to offer and more children need to be able to experience them. And you don’t need to wear tights and a leotard to experience dance! The benefits and joys of moving to music exist inside and outside the walls of the studio. And if we get more children passionate about moving they too will become lifelong movers.
2. Teaching movement and imagination is HARD and there are very few resources out there to help guide teachers through it. Especially when I first began teaching, I struggled to find resources that I could easily use in class that didn’t cost an arm and a leg and that would be engaging inside and outside the ballet class. Along with my studio classes, I adore working with kids in the community and it’s difficult to get those kids engaged in a 45-minute ballet barre!
3. Kids are losing the ability to use their imagination. I’ve seen it first hand. I will ask my preschool classes to imagine a creative situation such as a sunflower blooming in the sun and the most common response I get is “Why?”. How sad is it that a four-year-old is now questioning ‘why’ we should imagine instead of enjoying the play? It breaks my heart.
I wanted to create something that would address these three issues. So I roll up my sleeves, got to work creating, and boom Whimsy was born. And the response I received was truly incredible. I am blessed and honored to be a part of something that is really helping to improve the dance world.
I truly hope you enjoy all of our stories here at Whimsy. Each story comes from the bottom of my heart and I am so proud to stand behind them. Dance and sharing my passion for dance with young children will always be my life path and with Whimsy Stories I hope to do just that!
meet the team
Role at Whimsy: Creative Director
Favorite Color: Sparkles!
Favorite Whimsy Story: Two Unicorn Friends
Hi there! I'm Lucy and I'm the creative director here at Whimsy Stories. I do a bit of everything around here- drawing, writing stories, creating characters, designing, marketing, website design, and more. I love to let my creative side shine! My favorite part of whimsy is sharing my love of movement and imagination with kids all over the world!
Role at Whimsy: Team Member
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Whimsy Story: Bun-Bun the Carrot Keeper
Hello! I'm Victor and I'm excited to be on the Whimsy Stories team! I'm the man behind the scenes doing everything from website design to marketing. My favorite part of working at Whimsy Stories is coming up with fun and creative story ideas. I have always had a passion for reading and playing video games which is why I'm so excited to be a part of this creative team!