What a season!
I can’t believe we are in our 20th year together for this wonderful tradition of spring performances! All That Dance is such an amazing place, and it represents something much bigger than just “my message.” ATD has a community and life all its own. It houses very special memories of years together with my late husband, Wayne, and it holds the staff and friends I get to work with who keep our studio moving forward in a positive direction. It is home to incredibly skilled teachers—whose care and devotion will be evident on stage—as they have committed themselves to our students and their passion for another year. And then there are our inspirational dancers—the talented and energetic kids, teens, and yes, even grownups, we get to teach here... a special community indeed.
In light of our 20th year, here are excerpts from two essays written by the recipients of the Wayne Wurzer Scholarship, as their ‘messages’ are truly ones to hear.
I can’t think of a better place to grow up than at ATD, and I will forever be grateful for my experiences and numerous opportunities here. I have learned so much about myself through the years and have truly fallen in love with the art of dance. Along with new found confidence, dance has also taught me responsibility, how to accept constructive criticism, how to laugh at myself when I manage to fall off my pointe shoes or mess up a combo, how to follow through on commitments, and most importantly, not to take myself so seriously. Dance and ATD have taught me that it is okay to make mistakes and have encouraged me to push myself further and overcome challenges. Now when I face a new challenge, I don’t back down.
I promise that I will wake up the day after my last performance with ATD, and I will be able to say I grew into a human personification of the BIG THREE:
Beauty—the trust and faith in myself as a dancer and as a person is enough
Impact—in the community that has helped shape me with the most beautiful genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of coming into contact with
Identity—recognizing that being a dancer, an artist, and a proud student of ATD has shaped me into who I am and who I will go into the world as... and that ATD is a huge part of me that I will not lose, but that I will take as the best experiences of my life and always remember the people who taught me how to live.
Here’s to all of you in our studio—teachers, staff, dancers & families—we help teach each other how to dance, how to face challenges, how to find joy in life, and so much more. Thank you for being here to share in this special 20th annual spring performance and for being part of our studio this season. It is an honor to teach, work with, and direct our ATD community.
Founder & Director, All That Dance