I have a lovely daughter with a HUGE heart that from a very young age just wanted to dance. It began simply with a class in someone's home studio and went through a few community centre classes. But when she started kindergarten and still loved it, I stupidly did what everyone did and looked for the BEST school. Best in today's society means lofty things - students that have gone on to professional work, lots of wins at competitions and more. I have since learned BEST can mean what truly nourishes the child. Sounds simple, but it's more complex than you think.
|Morri-Lynn always does a production number every year - this year it was
ballet. EVERY ballet student who committed to the number was included. This
photo is extra special to me as I created all the costumes except hers (top right)
|Morri-Lynn with her 2 daughters. From article
in the Richmond News. Click HERE to read.
|Receiving Richmond Arts Award
in 2010 for Artistic Innovation.
I dealt with all of this despite my worries as my daughter seemed happy. The year she came out of class sobbing because they made her feel bad about herself was the year we walked away. We tried a new studio with a teacher she had worked with well before and had the same experience. They sent her into ballet exams with one of the strongest kids to boost that child's score. The result? My daughter failed her exams. I was beside myself. But then a glimmer of what could be appeared on the horizon.
|Another great studio number that included from young to seniors.
|Studio performance at a community event.
|Photo on left shows a small group where all heights were successfully
integrated into one exceptional number.
|Missing Pieces at the Wold Dance Cup. To watch a video of this performance click HERE.
|Photo from a mother whose
daughter's were also touched
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