Bloodied feet, constantly hungry, frequently in pain, these young dancers are disciplined and passionate about achieving their dreams. Their family backgrounds include wealth, poverty, the American military, and adoption from an African war zone.
As you watch their awe-inspiring performances, you’ll be rooting for each of them to win one of the elite scholarships and contracts that can help ensure their entry into the professional world of ballet.
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I remember when I was little, living in Greenwich Village in a small studio apartment with parquet floors.
I was frequently barefoot in my home, but never outside.
Too much garbage, broken glass, and hard concrete.
Too many ways to puncture my feet and end up with a bad cut—or worse—gangrene.
These were the days before velcro—when you either tied your own shoelaces, an adult tied them, or you left them untied—and risked tripping, falling, and skinning your knees.
I yearned to learn how to tie my own shoelaces—wanting that easy, smooth, flowing motion of the grown-ups. I wanted to figure out how to go from two loops to a bow and then double-bow (to keep them from ever untying).
It looked simple—simple like the magician pulling the rabbit out of the hat or making coins appear from behind kids' ears—but not really.
A sleight of hand I longed to grasp.
As I kneeled on my left knee and hunched over my right, I allowed no one to help me. I wanted to do this—BY MYSELF!
I seized the shoelaces of my right sneaker—one in my right hand, one in my left.
I took the right shoelace and looped it under and over my left one.
I pulled them tight.
Then I made a loop with the shoelace in my right hand.
I looped the shoelace in my left hand under and over—NO, that’s not it!—over and under the loop in my right hand.
And pulled tight.
I paused and bit my lower lip.
On to my left sneaker.
I did it!
I REALLY DID IT!
I wiggled and giggled, full of the joy of figuring it all out.
Rising from my crouched position, I stood taller than tall.
Grinning as I looked down at my sneakers, I felt I could fly.
"Shoelaces" by Kathryn V. White is a flash memoir piece written in a class facilitated by Ann Teplick. The class was sponsored by the Seattle Public Library for the Seattle Write’s series. Kathryn's most recent book is Rumble Tumble Joy: A Journey for Healing, Inspiration, and Wholeness. Find out more at: www.kathrynVwhite.com
In October, at the Southwest Branch, I enjoyed making art for two Saturday afternoons—a cute little clay owl (which I may paint or leave its clay color), a black wire nest with a soft interior for my owl to rest in, and a gold wire nest with three “pearl eggs” pendant.
Many thanks to Seattle Public Library for sponsoring this “artshop for all ages” and intrepid artist Lene Sangster for facilitating and coming up with art projects that could be done in a short time frame, were satisfying to do, and looked great no matter the age or skill level of the person creating them.
I didn’t get the chance to create the paper-mache bird sculpture—those looked wonderful as well.
I’m looking forward to a next time!
Kathryn V. White is a mystical cosmonaut, writer, and artist. Her dream is her creations help transform our world to be a more joyful place. Her most recent book is Rumble Tumble Joy: A Journey for Healing, Inspiration, and Wholeness. Find out more at: www.kathrynVwhite.com
Poetry On Buses
Kathryn's poem, The Sound Soothes, was selected for the 2017 Poetry on Buses: Your Body of Water Program and is a part of the online collection! Click here to read it!
2018 Juried Exhibit at the Rosehill Community Center
*Three of Kathryn's collages have been juried into an exhibit at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo, WA from April 3 through June 24, 2018. "Phoenix" won the Northwest Collage Society's prestigious Eleanor Wolters Smith Memorial Award.
2017 SOLO SHOW at the University Business Center
*20 of Kathryn's artworks were on exhibit in a solo show from October 16 through December 7, 2017 at the University Business Center's Gallery 4500 in Seattle's U-District.
2017 Juried Exhibit at Seattle City Hall
Kathryn's collage, "Welcome to My Universe" was juried into the exhibit, "Hot Town: Summer in the City" at the Seattle City Hall in downtown Seattle that ran from July 7 through August 30, 2017.
2017 Juried Exhibit at Seattle University
Kathryn had a large collage, "Broadway at Times Square" juried into the 2017 Search for Meaning Art Exhibition (part of the Search for Meaning Book Festival) from February 16 to 25, 2017 at Seattle University's Vachon Gallery.
2017 Juried Exhibit at Cascadia Art Museum
Kathryn had a collage, "Indra's Net" juried into the exhibit, "Collaged Impressions of the Northwest Social Realism and the American Scene 1930 to 1950" that ran January 19 to March 26, 2017 at the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds, WA.
2017 Exhibit at Dreamclinic
Kathryn had 10 artworks exhibited from January through April 12, 2017 at Dreamclinic in Seattle's Roosevelt neighborhood.
Kathryn's art is available as fine art prints. Click here to find out more.
Kathryn V. White is an author & artist who dreams of rousingly playing a djembe in a drum circle.
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