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Fairy Tale Dance Camp

Posted Aug 16 2010 12:00am

I started ballet class when I was 7. Or 8. Or some age nearby. I don't remember.

What I do remember is trying to skip class as a preteen, hanging out long after my mom said it was time to get ready for class, in hopes that she would forget and I could skip. But, after a while, I forgot about skipping class and began to get serious about dance. By the time I was 14, I took 3 hours a day, four days a week (we had Fridays off) and during rehearsal time (Sept - Apr) we rehearsed 4+ hours on Saturday and Sunday. I lived at the studio, wore tights and leotards more than any other clothes, and my hair was always in a bun.

I took class until I was about 28. I taught ballet to all ages from 3 to adult. I taught pointe class, turn class, stretch class, and at multiple schools. Basically, ballet and I have a history.

My little girls are interested in ballet, and knowing what I know, I am really strict about where I will let them take class. There are lots of schools out there that are only in it for the money, teaching just the routine and spending lots of money and time on the "recital". I'm pretty picky and I'm not going to send my girls to a recital school. I want them to learn the right way, because, hello, I'm not spending a lot of money for no good reason. I want them to learn.

My two older girls took class for a few years at my old school, and they loved it. Both appeared in the Russian tour of the Nutcracker. But, after a few years, both lost interest. Enter my younger girls - it's kind of nice to have a second set of girls to screw up guide down the path. We looked for something that they could do over the summer and discovered that the school was offering Fairy Tale Dance Camp.

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It was a week of ballet class, stretching, story time, movie time, and crafts. Oh, the crafts. They made fairy wands, dance bags, painted pointe shoes and decorated a picture block, on which was mounted a picture of all 20 girls.

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in the studio I took for years, the one my father laid the floor and my mother did numerous fundraising and supportive activities - my girls began.

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