Words from our readers
I read your article [“My Life as a Studio Owner’s Daughter,” DSL, January 2009] and I am so moved. I’m a studio owner with one 13-year-old child. His nursery was more the office at the studio than a crib at home, and the guilt was overwhelming, so he too started class earlier than I normally accept students. He was a handful to say the least. He claimed to have already learned all this “baby stuff” and at age 3 even made music suggestions, during class and at the top of his voice, informing everyone that he was sick to death of this horrible music that he’d listened to “all of my life.” He was right!
My heart ached when he realized how mean the backbiting could get. He is trapped between lashing out in my defense and doing what I’ve asked of him: to ignore it. It is quite a burden for such a young person to deal with.
Thank you. You’ve helped me see where he’s coming from.
Name withheld by request
I was pleased to see that your magazine featured the DVD Magical World of Ballet [“New Products for the Classroom,” DSL, January 2009]. As well as being its production supervisor, I am interviewed on it, and I must say it is a delightful DVD for pre-ballet. This was my first opportunity to see your magazine, and I truly admire the goals and mission of its contents.
Steps on Broadway
Ballet Hispanico School
New York, NY
I’ve gotten so much positive feedback about the helpful information in your article [“Dance Against Disease,” DSL, November 2008], and that of course helps us to spread the gift of dance therapy to children far and wide.
We have just expanded to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA Medical Center and are in the process of starting up at L.A. Children’s as well as Mass General in Boston.
We are also expanding our mission in that we hope to find and fund dance companies who have experience with engaging fragile children in dance.
The attention that you gave to The Andrea Rizzo Foundation’s work of providing dance therapy to children with cancer and special needs is invaluable and has played a role in all of this growth.
I will be forever grateful for the effort you put into that incredible piece.
Susan Rizzo Vincent
President, The Andrea Rizzo Foundation
I must thank and applaud you for your quest to rejuvenate, lift, educate, and inspire dance teachers. From the days of writing your Goldrush emails to Dance Studio Life magazine and now the conventions, you have not only met a great need in our dance world, but you’ve also provided dance professionals with a beacon of excellence to follow! Bravo, dear Rhee. Take a bow and know that you are doing all things in a fashion that is exceptional.
Patricia A. Goulding
Executive Director, National Dance Week