24 July 2010

I did dance!

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Today is PINK SATURDAY and I will be sharing some memories from my 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. While teaching,  I was also able to join a ballet company:  Les Ballets Métropolitains du Canada.  It was the best time of my life.  It was fun traveling and putting on "Les spectacles de ballet".  It was "a dream come true".

Finally, a career in dance does not last very long.  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. It conjures so many beautiful memories.  I'm mesmerized by this painter's talent especially the tutu.   Its very luminous with a touch of pink!

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 still love pink tutus, pink tights, pink leotards, pink satin pointe shoes...
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.  Weekend blessings to all!

Here is one of my favorite songs by Lee Ann Womack!  Enjoy!
 Today I've joined Beverly at How Sweet the Sound Is. She is the perfect hostess of PINK SATURDAY!    If you want to visit other pink blogs, just click here !


  1. Hello Anne-Marie and Happy Pink Saturday...
    i love your post...so pretty...i love watching ballerinas...when my first granddaughter was little we would go to see the Nutcracker every Christmas...i think i love to watch because they look like they're floating on air :D
    thank you for stopping by and visiting...i'm a new follower and i'll be back :D

  2. what a great post. you look so lovely. I never used to like ballet as a kid but now I do. Happy pink saturday hugs Sara

  3. I "danced" on ice--figure skating. My sister got to do ballet and I always envied those pink point slippers (but not her blood crusted toes). This was a beautiful, wistful way to begin my Saturday morning. Have a great weekend. Rosemary

  4. I didn't know you were a dancer, but I'm not surprised. The color pink of the ballerina is so delicate. Loved your post. Loved the song - it's one of my favorites. And that painting was beautiful as well.

  5. Truly darling my friend. My little grandgirl took ballet last year (not her thing) and was the sweetest thing. I wish I could have waved a magic-want and made her want to continue. Just precious.

    Thanks for sharing the song, too!

    Love to you this PINK SATURDAY~


  6. Happy Pink Saturday, Anne-Marie.

    This is an exquisite post. I loved sharing your memories and experiences. I began taking ballet when I was a very young girl, but I had to quit because of an illness. I still cherish my own memories of pink tutus and slippers.

  7. Such a lovely post. And that painting is incredible. Love it all. Bless you for sharing it with all of us.

  8. Happy Pink Saturday! This post brought back many memories for me in the dance studie. I was into more than just ballet, enjoyed tap dancing more, but I did take many ballet classes. My parents had a dream that I would teach dance, as I was a teacher's assistant for about 3 years in high school, but being the rebellious teenager I was, I always had other dreams. I still do love to dance though at parties or weddings. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hi Anne-Marie,
    Oh I love this beautiful post and music as it brings back so many lovely childhood memories for me. I studied ballet for only 2 years but enough to love the art form. Piano playing and art took over and something had to go. But I so appreciate the discipline and dedication to dance.

    Thank you for stopping by to become a new follower. I have so enjoyed my visit here to your lovely blog and also a new follower here as well.

    Have a wonderful weekend and blessings to you.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  10. This is my first visit to your blog, and how lovely it is! I enjoyed hearing about your love of dance, your childhood sounded magical! Thanks for your beautiful post! Happy PS to you! Suzie

  11. what beautiful memories this brings back for me as well. my pink tutu was a treasured wardrobe necessity, and my ballerina doll went with me everywhere. I took ballet for 8 years, until the $$ ran out. I took it up again in college and felt all of those wonderful emotions come back! :)

    Happy PS!

    p.s. and hooray for making your dreams come true!

  12. Happy Pink Saturday Anne - Marie.
    Love the painting!
    I enjoy watching ballet.
    My daughter took ballet lessons when she was just three years old.
    Wonderful post!


  13. Hi Anne-Marie! Thank you for stopping by my blog and posting by button! It is so nice to have a new friend! Now I'm following you! :)

  14. Hi Anne-Marie!
    What a sweet pink post filled with memories! I took ballet lessons around 10 years old but our tutu's were black. I was chubby and it never went anywhere!
    I so admire anyone with the disipline to be a true ballerina!!
    And thanks for reminding me of one of my fav old songs :-))
    Enjoy your day!

  15. Hi Anne Marie, I loved reading about your love for ballet!!! your photos are gorgeous... I wanted to thank you for visiting my first Pink Saturday and for joining as a follower. I tried to join here but it didn't work I will try again a little later!!! Happy Pink Saturday~~~ Daphne

  16. sweet,
    love the pink dresses angels dancing and smiling...
    keep dreaming,

  17. Aww this reminded me of my childhood but only did ballet for 3 years. I have such fun memories. I just found your blog and said oh my this is beautiful so ME! lol So now I am a follower. It is a beautiful blog design and fun posts! Happy Pink Saturday Grace xoxo

  18. all I can say is "Dance Ballerina, Dance!" I love your post - welcome to Pink Saturday.

    tout que je peux dire est « ballerine de danse, danse ! » J'aime votre poteau - bienvenue pour denteler samedi.

  19. This was a beautiful post, Anne-Marie! I never had the opportunity to take ballet dance lessons as a child but my daughter did. She enjoyed it very much and I enjoyed watching her dance :)

  20. Happy Pink Saturday!!
    Thank you for sharing your memories with us. I too, love dance and love to watch the little ones dance.

  21. This post brought back so many childhood memories for me too. I use to love ballet:) That is neat that you were a teacher. Love the painting!

  22. Happy Pink Saturday,thank you for the adorable Pink ballerinas.

  23. Hi Anne-Marie, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I loved your pink post today, the pictures are wonderful. My youngest dd is a dancer and was contemplating a career in Dance Therapy but decided on Music Therapy instead. Thanks for sharing, Nan

  24. Oh my.. oh my!! You were a ballet teacher!! wow!! wow!! I had to show these pics to my little girls.. She goes for ballet classes and has been since 3 year old.. Plus.. it was thru her insisting.. that we started it.. She was soooooooooo pleased to see this pretty pretty post.. and She said.. she wants to be a ballet teacher like you.. .

    I've been to the open classes.... its such an overdoes of happy girls in pink.. you can see that the little ones simply enjoy it..

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.. I'm so pleased I found you!! :-)

  25. Love your photos of ballerinas. When I was a little girl I always wanted to be a ballerina all dressed in pink. It wasn't in my future, but I really enjoyed your story and photos! Love that painting too. So romantic. Thanks for stopping by.

  26. I never tried ballet. I wasn't really very graceful as a child. These days, I do karate and have learned that I can be much more flexible than I would have believed possible for me at my age.

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  28. Thanks for sharing and it is nice to know you are a dancer, my daughter danced all of her childhood and through high school and now she has a 4 yr old that taking dancing. Love all the ballerinas on your blog, such beauty and grace! Happy Pink Saturday to you!

  29. I loved to dance when I was young too. Trish

  30. Hi Anne-Marie,
    This is my first time here and I love your blog! And this post makes want to cry... my youngest daughter is the most beautiful dancer, but she graduated high school this year and I think she's gonna give it up. That makes me sad ....

  31. I was never a dancer-way too clumsy and big-boned! I love watching it though and always look forward to watching the Nutcracker at Christmas.

    If you have time, please feel free to link that lovely youtube clip to my Sunday Song post! I would love it if you could join in.

    Best wishes always,