When I was 10, I auditioned for the National Ballet School. There were 4 of us in this particular audition – myself, a girl I barely remember with fuzzy brown hair, a boy, and then The Girl. The Girl who danced like she had angel wings. I’d been dancing for 5 years and my teachers had high hopes for me – with perfect technique and the right … [Read more...] about Keep dancing your dance (& other things I wish I could have told a stranger 13 yrs ago)
Fabeku wrote a fabulous post the other day about slowly forgetting about the things that light you up. For him, it was dance. It reminded me that I hadn't been to dance class in 5 weeks. For 9 years, I didn't dance. I got sick, and that was it, over. God, how I loved to dance. Ballet was my thing at the time. I wish I had pictures I could … [Read more...] about The Sunday Hug: Forgotten Dreams
I think this picture pretty much says it all. We went and bought Hannah's dance clothes and shoes on Saturday. Everything fit perfectly, first try. She looked beautiful. She looked like a dancer. She felt like a dancer. She couldn't stop bouncing for joy, and the owner of the store couldn't stop laughing to see her face. It was beautiful … [Read more...] about Ready to dance.
Everyone, thank you so much for all of your kind words yesterday. So much wisdom, so much generosity, so much support and love and goodness. You guys rock my world. But things haven't been so good in Hannah's world the last week. Her boyfriend lost his job. Money that was supposed to be set aside by family members to pay for her school was spent … [Read more...] about An update on Hannah.
First, can we get some celebratory champagne here? We have raised $1061.84 which is the cost of Hannah's dance classes. We are sending the registration form today. Hannah is going back to dance. She is going back to dance. Which is awesome and amazing and so many wonderful things. And Hannah is excited. She is incredibly excited. But … [Read more...] about Helping Hannah Dance, part 2.
So there's been a bit of a misunderstanding about how much money we need to pay for Hannah's dance classes. I completely blame myself. I should have done some double checking. But what it means is that we need another $485, instead of $237. I'm running out of ideas. I've still got the prints for sale. I'm still taking donations. I need more … [Read more...] about Brainstorm with me?
Life, you are brilliant. Of the $1000ish we need for Hannah to start dancing again, we've got $811. This means that her dance classes are completely paid for. She is officially going back to dance. Thank you, thank you, thank you. To everyone who has donated, shared, sent love and supported, I am immensely grateful. Hannah is on a different … [Read more...] about BOO YAH! Hannah’s classes are paid for. Now we just need shoes.
A girl with a secret dream. Hannah was one of the first people I met on the island. It took us a little while to get to know each other (I was still feeling pretty hermit-ey when we first met) but within a couple of months we'd bonded over a shared love of dance and lolcats, and the fact that she is the sweetest, kindest, goofiest, loveliest person … [Read more...] about Helping Hannah Dance