Monday, October 8, 2012

 
 I love watching dance performances...
all styles...I was fasinated with their dresses...
 
 
the amazing designs they made with them....
I've learned so much about the Hispanic culture...
it is so rich in family and tradition....
 
 when my daughter was 12 she was looking to teach dance...
she had been demonstrating for classes at her dance studio...
since she was 7 or 8...
one of the youngest demonstrators they ever allowed...
 
at this time she was in the Ballet company of our town...
I was on the board...we were having our annual
Nutcracker Performance...we always gave away free tickets
to groups that could not other wise afford to go...
I had received a newsletter with different groups listed...
one of the groups was the Trinity River Mission...

 

I spoke with the director....offering them tickets...
she said she would love to take them...
but transportation would be an issue...
so we should pass the tickets on to another group....
she said she had always wanted to expose the kids to dance....
I told her about my daughter...she wanted to meet with us...
we went there not knowing what to expect...
we felt welcome immediately...
one month later my daughter started a dance program...
it started out with about 10 girls 6 and 7 years old...
in their kitchen...it soon grew...
the owner at her dance studio started inviting her group...
to perform at shows with their dance studio...
even their dance recitals...

she choregraphed dance recitals at the mission...
the families were very involved...
she choregraphed three nutcracker performances...
she even had boys join the program...
she had guest performers from her dance studio come...
the TRM family and her dance studio family joined together...
we learned about their culture...they learned about ours...
we have become very close friends with several of the families...
enjoying 15th birthdays...weddings...baby showers...
graduations...
She also went to work at the mission for a couple of years...
Two of her TRM girls went on to Booker T. Washington school of the performing Arts...one graduated and is attending Sam Houston..
studying dance...receiving dance scholarships...
one is a senior there this year...applying to dance at SMU
...another is a Senior this year...
she is applying to dance schools also...
Two of the three moved to her dance studio when she left the mission to continue their dance education...
one is left...she is also a dance assistant...
during breaks our college girl comes back to take classes...
to assist with classes...
My hubby and I get really emotional about our girls..
watching them perform...seeing what a difference our daughter made in their lives...and what a difference these girls made in her life...
all from a phone call...



9 comments:

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

What a wonderful, wonderful post! Your daughter is to be congratulated. As are you. What a wonderful way to "help." Yes!!!

"Auntie"

Jeanie said...

What a wonderful commitment your daughter had....I know you are very proud.

TexWisGirl said...

truly wonderful - the impact your daughter (because of you) has made on so many lives. :)

these photos are wonderful, btw.

Judy said...

Those ladies certainly are making some beautiful patterns with their skirts!!

Mary said...

Wow for the cell phone photos...love the costumes of the dancers! I just joined you and invited my sister, too, renae@simplesequins.com Thanks for coming to see me.

Janie said...

The dancers are so colorful and energetic with their swirling skirts.
The bird show looks like it was fascinating.

Marie said...

Oh Deb, I love this post! Your daughter is a wonderful young lady! I know how proud you are! I love the Hispanic dances, too, and our daughter danced ballet for fifteen years (was with a company in Norfolk, Va and was going on to Connecticut to a company there when she gave it up...too complicated an issue to go into...but I miss those days so much!)

Debbie said...

Interesting story! Lovely women and gorgeous pictures! They look like they're having such a good time!

Carla said...

I started dancing in my late twenties here in Houston. Flamenco was my favorite. Danced for almost 7 years. I couldn't understand one year when I couldn't loose 10 lbs before our annual shows.surprise. I was pregnant. Danced jazz until I was 7 months along and Flamenco until I was 8 1/2 months along. Loved it. Congrats to all that your daughter has accomplished.