22 May 2010

SUNDAY FAVORITES: I DID DANCE!

Sunday blessings to all.  Today I'm joining Chari at Sunday Favorites.  Its designed to share a favorite  post from the past.  I think its a great idea!  If you want to join just click here.  
In this particular blog hop we were asked to share something from our childhood:


As far as childhood memories go, mine are wrapped around ballet.  As far as I can remember, I danced. My childhood was about going to ballet classes or getting ready to go for a class.  I loved it!  If my mother would have let me I would have gone every day, all day.  That's how much I loved dancing.   I loved the smell of the studio, the pianist playing all the beautiful classical music, the pink shoes, the pink tights, my black leotard, my neat hair bun and all of my patient beautiful ballet teachers.  I lived for dancing.  I had a really happy childhood thanks to dancing.
Eventually, I became a ballet teacher.  I had my own school and enjoyed teaching all the young want-to-be ballerinas.  I also was able to join a ballet company:  Les Ballets Métropolitains de Montréal.  It was the best time of my life.  It was fun traveling and putting on "Les spectacles de ballet".  It was my dream come true.

Finally, a career in dance does not last very long and I  pursued my career as a teacher which was also very rewarding.  As a teacher I was part of the prestigious Académie des Grands Ballets Canadiens.  I finally stopped teaching when my husband, because of his work commitments  was being constantly transferred  in different cities across Canada and then overseas.  I recently came across this beautiful painting by Scott Mattlin.  I wish I could paint as well as this:

It just reminds me of the many times I crossed the pink ribbons over my ankles always making sure that the ribbons were not too tight nor to loose. I love the white tutu.
Here is a song that reminds me of how important "dancing" can be in one's life.  At times, dancing literally gave me wings to fly over the peaks and valleys of my life.  Sunday Blessings to all!

Here is one of my favorite songs by Lee Ann Womack!  Enjoy!    
 

4 comments:

  1. Those three little ballerinas in that first photo are soooooooo cute!

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  2. How sweet and informative this post was. I just went to my Granddaughter's recital last night, I thought it was beautiful but sadly she doesn't love the dance, I'm afraid this will be her 3d and last year to take it, she is 9 and wants to play ball..sigh...
    The first picture is adorable.
    Molly

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  3. Hello Anne-Marie, My 12 year old niece is quite a little ballerina. She is at the highest level in her company - a level usually reserved for the older girls. She would love to be a professional and she is studying for a couple of weeks with the Joffrey Ballet this summer. She would love reading your post and I plan to share it with her! This was my first visit to your blog and I enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting my blog too. You inquired about Mackinac Island; it is located in the state of Michigan. I see you are going to France this summer - lucky you!!! Enjoy!

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  4. Hello Anne-Marie...

    Ohhh...what wonderful life experiences you have had because of dance! Thank you for sharing some of your dance experience with us for Sunday Favorites this week, my friend! I would have loved to taken ballet as a girl and didn't! I also really enjoyed seeing that lovely painting...it's gorgeous! Thank you for sharing it with us!

    I do apologize at being so late to get by for a visit but I'm still trying to catch up from our weekend trip! So very happy to see you for Sunday Favorites this week...such a powerful message..."I hope you dance"!!!

    Have a marvelous Monday, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

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