Just a post of some things that have happened this week that I want to remember.
- Sitting on the floor trying to untangle my yarn to continue to crochet. One of the younger dancers strikes an interest. I show her the stitch and she picks it up immediately
- Another younger dancer tells me she’s good at untying knots and asks if I would like her help. Turns out she was extremely good at untying knots and got me over the hurdle I was at for a while. The two worked on different sections to master most of the knot.
- Ayla balling up the other end of the yarn to help avoid knots and get more of the giant knot undone.
- One of the mom’s saying to me, “You’re a person who always does what they say they’re going to do.” I wish I could remember what we were talking about, but this made me feel like I was the type of person worth being. This is a good feeling
- Joss being absolutely silly and reminding me of myself at her age.
- Mrs. Julie saying I am more than welcome to do the VI’s ballet recital piece if I would like to. (The costume is epic. I am so excited.) (Also, I’ll be doing it on flat so I’m more comfortable. She is all for it.)
- Seeing Ms. Nancy for the first time in 3 weeks
- Hugging her. (she cried.)
- Reese remember who Cheyanne and I are, that we played cars, and asking to play with us again.
- Reese and Cheyanne walking on my back. (There is a polaroid. I’ll post if I can.)
- Reese jumping up and down when she says our names. (Oh my gosh melt.)
- Reese cuddling up as I read her a book, leaving before it was finished, but finishing it anyway as I had a good sized group of advanced dancers around me listening.
- A butterfly named Arthur.
- Ileana telling me with wide eyes, “You did so good on Monday!! I was so proud like, “aww, go Emilee!” This means a lot since Monday’s lyrical class is new to me, and also the type of class I deep down want to be able to do.
- Catherine’s genuine smile and laugh when something is funny or she’s really excited.
- Mariela being the genuine joy and support that she is. To say I value having her in my life is a vast understatement.
- Jazz hands.
- Walking into the office and having to walk through Mia’s class. I wait until they finish the phrase and try to be invisible, as per usual, when I hear, “*gasp* it’s Ms. Emilee!” and turn to see Ayla with a giant smile on her face. I snuck a wave and snuck into the office, my heart officially a puddle.
- Everything about the entire Rowland family.
- Seeing Judy channel all the SYTYCD dancers in Tap class, then take a correction from the teacher and completely nail it.
- Mariela telling me, “When you lifted it, oh my gosh, it was beautiful.” (After being corrected. Oops I was doing tendus instead of degages.)
- Elizabeth and Abby always being there with advice and encouragement be it about pointe shoes, sore muscles, or problems in my personal life. Especially when it includes videos of cats or corgis.
- My baby dancers (okay, they’re not babies at all. But they’re my babies, you understand) hugging me and high fiving and just generally loving the fact that I’m there.
- Having such understanding and supportive teachers to learn from and help me to grow.
- Having such caring friends in class, looking out for me and helping me when I need it.
- Getting to use the smaller studio on my own after ballet
- Knowing, at the end of the day, even though the struggles seem insurmountable, I’m in a great place that wants nothing more than to see me succeed.
Started ballet late October of 2011 at the age of 23.
Began pointe training late August of 2013.