Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Posted by Emily at 8:11 AM
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Teaching a session of childrens' dance in a cafeteria is not ideal, but living in the sticks as we do, parents prefer it to having to drive an hour for dance classes! My lovely Russian friend, Yuliya, has been begging me to start teaching ballet and creative movement again ever since she gave birth to two dance-loving daughters a few years ago, and as incentive, did all the work securing the space, signing up families and advertising for me. Obviously, she's a better salesperson than I am because these classes are PACKED and well organized, I just have to show up and do my thing! These little people are so sweet and earnest and have no idea that it's funny to be doing plies on a salad bar instead of a real barre. Life. Full of improvisations and all the better for it.
Posted by Emily at 11:08 AM
Last year we went during the day, which was incredible in itself, but THIS winter we went at night to see it lit. Stunning. A team from out west creates four of these around the country and two are close enough for us to drive to in just an hour and a half. Magic.
Posted by Emily at 10:35 AM
When you and your aging father sign on to teach skiing and snowboarding every Friday to Central VT children under 12, you might be crazy. When you sign up to run the whole program for your town on top of that, you are probably certifiable. When you try to host a radio show before you load the kids onto the bus and locate 5683309179355 pieces of lost gear, you are clearly too far gone to be labeled. In the reoccurring theme of overextending my life, this fits in nicely. But we aren't doing so badly after all: only one trip to the hospital, three equipment SNAFUs and somewhat less crying than expected. And had we not taken the job, this opportunity would be lost for our local school kids due to a shortage of instructors. It's nice to be needed. Especially for a skill that I'd all but forgotten I had! We've rounded up some wonderful parent volunteers that keep tabs on the little ones warming up their toes in the lodge and several on-mountain helpers that lend a hand wherever needed. The program could surely use some fine tuning, but is still a pretty great thing for area kids who might not have the chance to ski much otherwise. So, even if I have a hard time getting to sleep at night when I'm try to remember everything I'm supposed to be remembering, I'm happy. This is fun! (Occasional missing mittens, pants-wetting and ambulance rides aside.)
Posted by Emily at 10:25 AM