Spring Sucess!

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Beautiful Show Ladies!

Thank you for your beautiful and hard work!

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How far would you go to dance?

Dance Palace, School of Mystic Ballet, has its own heroic tale of the infamous Marilyn, performing her role as Peter Pan with a massive foot injury. You know the one. The one used to tell students they have no excuses if things get “too hard” 🙂

Well, seems there is another young woman out there who wouldn’t let an injury, no matter how severe,  keep her from her passion. Adrianne Haslet-Davis is a survivor of the Boston bombings that took place last year, where she lost a good portion of her leg. As a lover of ballroom dance, you can imagine the detriment and tragedy of losing her foot.  But that did not stop her. She became the first recipient of a bionic leg specifically manufactured to accommodate her dancing lifestyle – and even went on to give dance lessons to Anderson Cooper! CNN\'s Anderson Cooper with Adrianne Haslet-Davis and her husband Adam Davis a week after the bombings.

What does this story have to do with the school? Well friends, I think it is good for the soul to be reminded of why we do what we do, and to remember that we all posses a strength that can surprise even us, if we just choose to embrace it over fear.

I’d like to think that in this story of struggle and true heroism, Adrianne’s passion for dance grew even more as she worked harder and harder to keep the love of dance in her life. I have included a link to the article, just be advised that it may be difficult to watch, but it is truly a beautiful story.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/07/us/boston-bombing-survivor-a-year-later/

As spring rehearsals hit full gear and our lives get even crazier, let’s remember what dance brings to our lives and those of our little ones! Cheers, friends!

-e.e

Snow White

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Snow white’s a rap, and it was good!

My little one and I, went to see the show on Saturday.  I forgot what it’s like to watch something all the way through, with free commentary sitting at your side poking you every 5 seconds. (Obviously the best part)

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As you can see from these backstage photo’s, the dancers had a blast getting into character for us!

Well Done Junior Company, your fluttering wings and creeping shadows were the icing on the cake!

-e.e

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Saturday Classes!

I wanted to see what goes on in the Saturday classes! Here’s what I found 🙂

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As I expected, a level of high critique and discipline. Hard work and brilliance….

Here’s what I also saw 🙂

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My favorite side, and the true heart of it…. Happiness. In order to achieve the results dance demands of us, we must love it. And folks, I think they do 🙂

Thanks for the Saturday boost girls! Brilliant and Funny! You are the whole package 🙂

-e.e

Stay Warm and Stay Healthy!

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And yet another snow day!! Here’s a great healthy and delish’ recipe to warm you to the core! Stay safe and stay full! 🙂

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 or 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5 or 6 Italian sausages (hot, mild, or sweet)
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • ½ tsp. basil
  • 2 cans stewed tomatoes
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bag (about 12 oz.) fresh pre-washed spinach, chopped
  • 1 package fresh or frozen tortellini
  • Parmesan cheese, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Brown onion, garlic, and sausage in olive oil. Drain oil. Add oregano, rosemary, basil, tomatoes, and chicken broth. Simmer for up to 1 hour. Just before you serve, turn off heat, add tortellini and spinach, and cover for about 8-10 minutes. Garnish with Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Friends!
I hope you had a restful vacation full of love, family and holiday cheer 🙂
I for one am glad to be back into the swing of things, and after 2 weeks of my daughter almost knocking me over with her pirouettes in the house, I’m glad she’s back in classes!

And how ’bout that Nutcracker! What an opportunity for our ladies and gent’s! How neat for them, that they were in dressing rooms and on a stage previously graced by headliners. Not that that is what was on their minds at the time 🙂

I remember the first times Mystic Ballet performed at Foxwoods.

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Here’s a photo of my class from that first night.

There is a lot of talent, commitment and longevity represented in this photo.

One of my favorite things about my time at Dance Palace, School of Mystic Ballet, was the sisterhood. As you can see we were all very close.  It’s good for kids to have a safe place to grow outside of their own home. The School was that place for me and I see that over the past 11 years, not much has changed.

The same spirit of life and friendship is present today. My daughter has only attended the school for about 4 months, but she already dearly loves her classmates, and i certainly saw it backstage among the rest of the girls as well.  What a priceless joy for a mother.

Here’s to the Sisterhood of the traveling soutenu’s! (i know, that was bad)

Cheers friends!

-e.e