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Contents: -Autobiography -Table of Contents -The Red Robinson Theater -How to Prepare a Perfect Ballet Bun -Interview with Lauren Frodermen -Letters to the Editor -The Pointe Shoe -Story- A Girl with a Dream -My Poems


Autobiography Hi my name is Rachel Clokie, I am 31 years old and I live in West Vancouver B.C. My birthday is March 5, 1979. The title of my magazine is, “The World of Dance”. My magazine is all about the different disciplines you can take and shows you how

Autobiography beautiful, joyful and inspiring dance is.

In my early years, I lived with my Mom, Daphne, my Dad, Gord, and my two sisters, Lauren and Celina. I also had three dogs… Bernice, a Bernese Mountain dog, Bubbles, Bichon Frise crossed with a Maltese, and a Maltese dog named Dixie. I lived my whole life in West Vancouver, attending dance studies at Vanleena Dance Academy. Public grade school was fun and challenging. Every day, when I got into my later years of school, I always looked forward to the new challenge I would be faced with that day. I attended Treetops Montessori Preschool, Caulfield Elementary School, and Rockridge High School. I enjoyed school and did well. Some important dates that I would never forget are my first day at school, my very first dance class, the first time I walked, my family’s birthdays, my dogs birthdays, and the first time I tried my mom’s spicy spicy curry. When I was younger my main interest was Dance and Music and spending that quality time with my family. I loved listening to music while dancing. It was and is still a part of me. I loved cuddling up on the couch to watch a movie with my family. I could not have wished for a better childhood. As I am getting older, I still have the best family ever, my mom and dad, and my two sisters. I am married with 2 kids, a boy and a girl, and a dog. Before I was married I lived in West Vancouver after and during university. My dance career took me to Hawaii, Australia and Palm Desert where I lived for three and a half years. I am a professional dancer and choreographer. I teach at my old dance school… Vanleena Dance Academy. I worked in the car business for 3 years as my dance career started. I also had a part time job as a photographer. Some important dates to remember are when I got married, when I had kids, becoming a professional dancer and choreographer, winning So You Think You Can dance Canada, all my family’s birthdays, and publishing my first magazine. My interest is photography, writing, dance and my family. I have created this magazine to share my passion for dance and the arts. I want to show people how amazing dance is to study and how inspiring it is in all aspects of life. I hope that after you read this magazine that you will be just as inspired as I to pursue what you love. I know you will enjoy this magazine, and like me, be intrigued and surprised by the wonders of the world of dance.

By: Rachel Clokie


Table of Contents  Autobiography  Table of Contents  The Red Robinson Theater  How to Prepare a Perfect Ballet Bun  Interview With Lauren Frodermen  Letters to the Editor  The Pointe Shoe  Advertisement  Story- A Girl with a Dream  My Poems


The Red Robinson Theatre In Coquitlam

Standing on the biggest stage, waiting for the cue of the music… Then it starts. You wait for your count, and then begin to dance. The audience is staring, waiting. You follow the beat and rhythm of the music. Spotlights are on you, following your every move. You feel proud, happy, excited and nervous. Then the audience cheers and laughs… They are ecstatic. Dancing on a stage is one of the most unbelievable feelings. Recently my dance group and I won the International Peak Challenge Dance Competition. Because we won the challenge competition, we were invited to perform at the Honours Performance, at the Red Robinson Theatre, in Coquitlam, B.C. When my dance friends and I first arrived, we were all in shock. The lobby itself was fabulous. Beautiful tiled floors, an oversized crystal chandelier, floor to ceiling glass doors and windows, and an inviting red staircase. I was excited to perform, I was happy and proud to be there, but I was very nervous. As we moved on through the lobby, the manager led us to the dressing room. The dressing room was gigantic, soft carpeted floors, and on the walls were large pictures of celebrities that had preformed there before. Outside of our dressing room were hallways. The hallways were tall and long. On the grey walls were signatures of famous people that have had shows on the Red Robinson Stage. It was so cool to see all the millions of different signatures. It was show time!. We began to make our way up to the stage. I could smell food, coffee, and candy... I could hear lively music and the audience cheering, clapping, and laughing. As we approached the stage my group and I were so excited. We stood in the wings, watching the other dance groups perform. I could see a black theatre, a big audience, and curtains as tall as trees. There were red seats and carpets, the stage was as big as a baseball field, and the spotlights smiled down on the stage. The curtains were black velvet, and the stage was soft and sandy. Behind the stage we all prepared in position. The host announced our group’s name, “My Playlist,” and the crowd started cheering and clapping. Then came our music…. The next thing I knew, I was dancing with all my heart. I could taste the instant sweat on my face, my dry mouth and hot breathe. As well, there was a enormous disco ball in the centre of the theatre. A disco ball is a mirror, it reflects all twinkling lights. I danced every move. My heart was pounding. I was so proud of my group and I. All of a sudden the music stopped. Then the crowd went wild. After our performance, we made our way back to the change rooms. We all changed into some nice clothes, and went to watch the rest of the show in the balcony. The balcony was as big as half the theatre. The balcony was like the view from an eagle’s nest... We could see everything. During intermission, the lights turned on. I could see the whole audience. The lights above blinked down on the audience... They were sparkly and bright. After the final performance the crowd was so happy... The show was over. We began to make our way home. If you are looking for an amazing experience, my advice to you is to go visit the Red Robinson Theatre. I enjoyed every second of my time there. I am sure you will enjoy the Red Robinson Theatre too!!!


How to Prepare a Perfect Ballet Bun... The main thing every ballet dancer needs to

8) Now that your pony is tied, take all the hair in

know is how to do a slick ballet bun.

your pony tail and hold it together in one hand.

1) To start, make sure you have a hair net, (a

9) Use both your hands and twist the pony tail right

similar colour to your hair), some open bobby

or left (does not matter which way).

Materials you will need... Hair Net –

pins and some closed bobby pins, some gel, (any type you prefer), hair ties and a hair brush.

10) Once all your pony tail is twisted, wrap it around the hair tie flat. It should look like a circle.

2) First you need to brush your hair and make sure all the knots are out.

11) Holding your hair in one hand (whatever hand

Closed bobby pins –

you like), grab your hair net. 3) Squirt some gel in your hands. About the same amount as the size of your palm. If your hair is

12) Open your hair and place the weaved part on

frizzy and or really curly, use as much gel as

your bun.

needed to slick your hair back. 13) Keep looping the hair net around your bun until it is 4) Spread the gel with your hands on your hair.

nice and tight.

Open bobby pins –

Make sure the gel is spread from your hair line at your forehead to the back of your head, so

14) Next, use your open bobby pins… when you are

your hair is slick, and neatly brushed back.

putting open bobby pins in your hair, think, “In the hole, and under the sand.” What you want to do is

5) Next, use your hair brush and brush your hair

put the tip of the bobby pin in the outside of your

backwards,(from your hair line to the back of

bun, and then slide the bobby pin under your bun. It

your head), so your hair will be slick and smooth.

should feel nice and tight. Keep repeating that until

Hair ties –

you can feel bobby pins all around your bun. 6) Now you are going to need your hair tie. Gather your hair in your hands. All you need to

15) Lastly, using your closed bobby pins, pin back any

do is make a simple pony tail … put the pony tail

loose hairs you might have hanging out…

where ever you prefer (high, medium or low). 7) Tie the elastic tight on your pony so it will be nice and sturdy.

Gel – If you have followed the steps correctly you have completed a ballet bun… CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Hair brush -


LAUREN

Ordinary girl turns professional dancer…

FRODERMAN

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EVERY SO OFTEN A GIRL comes along and breaks through stereo type Barbie, and becomes a unique, strong, real, dancer. But Lauren Froderman started off as someone real. Lauren was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona. She started her dance career at only age 2. She would perform for family and friends at every opportunity she could. Then people started to notice her. She trained and began to cheerlead at her schools. Everyone Lauren worked with said she is such a joyful and such an amazing person to work with. Lauren is energetic, hardworking, friendly, outgoing, and positive. She was always the joy of the room. Lauren was known as the contemporary dancer who never stopped dancing. Lauren also has had a dream of being a teacher. As well she had always aspired to participate and become someone in the arts... One day her life changed. She went to the “So You Think You Can Dance” audition, and was presented with a ticket to go to L.A... In this interview you will find out all the little details about Lauren Froderman and her years of training, auditions, perks and what everyone has been waiting for... the experience of “So You Think You Can Dance” and what it felt like to win.......


Interview with: Lauren Froderman 1.

Q: What are some personal goals you have had in the

2.

Q: How did you choose the industry of the arts, performing, dancing and so on?

past? How did you accomplish the ones you achieved? A: Well I started dancing when I was three years old,

A: From the start when I was really small, I have

and I would always watch the “So You Think You

always loved to perform for people. When my parents

Could Dance” shows every night they were on. I

would have dinner parties, I would perform in the

always dreamt of dancing on a stage, dancing in

living room. I would dance and sing, just something

front of a live audience and then one day I just

I could come up with on the spot. I like to be in front

decided I was going to do it. I set the goal for myself

of audiences. I think it just comes naturally.

ever since I was young, and I never gave up. So then the auditions rolled around and I went and tried

4.

Can Dance” auditions?

out... then I made it. Then finale came and I made it to the finals and won... I had always set the goal of

A: I have always wanted to go to the auditions and

being on that stage one day and I did it. I believed I

they came to my hometown. My family and friends

could, tried my very best, worked really hard, and

were encouraging me and told me to try. Because of

then achieved my goals. I have had many goals in

them I made it as far as I did. I had always wanted

my life. Some of these were trying my best in school

to try, so I took advantage of the opportunity and

and earning good grades. Get into a good university

went with my mom.

and a creative arts program. There were a lot of challenges along the way, people telling me I could

Q: How did you come across the “So You Thing You

3.

Q: Did you enjoy the experience of “So You Think You Can Dance”? Would you do it again?

not do it or I was not good enough, but I kept believing in myself that I could do it and I was able

A: I definitely enjoyed the experience. It made me

to achieve beyond my goals. 5.

stronger in so many ways, physically and mentally I

Q: Who were some people that have inspired you over

have grown. I now have more confidence and self

the years? Why?

esteem than I have ever had before. I would go back and do it again in a heart beat... it is an

A: Well so many people have inspired me over the

unbelievable experience and great exposure. I hope

years. To start my Mom and Dad have inspired me. My

that most people have the opportunity to experience a

Mom and Dad have always been there for me. At every

similar thing and learn as much as I did from it.

dance or cheerleading performance, they have always been in the audience. My parents have inspired me to anything I want to do and achieve, if I just set my

6.

Q: How did it feel to win “So You Think You Can Dance?” What were your emotions?

heart to it. They have made this dream come true for me, and I cannot say how much I love and deeply

A: I was so ecstatic. Just to make it through the

appreciate them. Also Mia Michaels has inspired me.

auditions was an amazing feeling... I was shocked.

She is an amazing person... The business she is in

When they announced my name, words could not

would be very different without her there sharing her

describe how I was feeling. I felt proud, excited and

talent. The way she choreographs is remarkable. With

thrilled. The other finalists were amazing too. I was

every piece of work she does, it is all related to the

so happy with the accomplishment. I did not mind if

things in life... You will always find a message in her

the other finalist had won, they deserved it as much

work of art.

as I did. I could not help but cry... I was so grateful of my talent, the opportunity, and the chance to make it as far as I could. It was absolutely astounding.


7.

Q: What was one of your favourite dance routines on the “So You Think You Can Dance” competition? A: There were so many fun routines. I think my favourite routine was the contemporary dance I did with the other finalist. It had real meaning. It was about the war... and how people lose their loved ones. It was choreographed by Mia Michaels. It was a very special piece.

8.

Q: How do you prepare yourself before you go on stage or perform? Do you get nervous? A: Well I listen to my iPod, usually the song I am about to perform. I stretch, jump, and drink some water. I definitely get really nervous... I am always very excited

12. Q: Where did you train for dance when you were younger? Are you still training or taking lessons now? A: I trained at a dance school called Dance Intensive in my home town. It was a great school. They offer all kinds of dance, from ballet to hip hop, they have it all. I made it through my R.A.D ballet exams. I also achieved my vocational grades. I tried all the classes they had to offer and I had a blast. I graduated a couple years ago, but I still go back to visit and take a dance class here and there. At the moment I am taking professional dance programs with the judges of “So You Think You Can Dance”. I am really enjoying studying with my friends and the choreographers, so I am excited to keep pursuing that. 13. Q: Have there been any points along the way where

though. Once I am on stage I really get into my

you have felt like you wanted to quit... or felt

dancing and the butterflies stop. But for sure, I get a

disappointed in yourself?

bad case of them in the beginning. I am now learning

9.

to manage my nerves each time I perform. Once I get

A: There have been points where I have felt a little

on stage it is all worth it.

disappointed in me, but I have never wanted to quit. In the very beginning I asked myself if this is what I

Q: Before the “So You Think You Think You Can Dance”

wanted to do... But just being on that stage gives me

experience, I understand you were the head

the answer... I love it and have always wanted to

cheerleader of your high school team. Tell me about

follow my dreams in the arts. The feeling I get when I

that?

am dancing is too much to give up... It is amazing. I want do dance. It is in my blood. I look forward to it

A: I made my way to the top of the school cheerleading

every time and will never give it up.

team. I was a cheerleader and a dancer though high school. I looked for balance in both dance and cheerleading because I love them equally. We would

14. Q: Do you have any siblings?

combine dances into our cheers.

A: I have one sister... She is 16, two years younger than me. We are really close. She is my pillar of strength. We talk about everything and she is always

10. Q: Do you think cheerleading helped you with dance?

there for me.

A: I think it has supported my dance career. It has

15. Q: Will you be appearing any time on the next

helped my body strength, flexibility, and helped me

season of “So You Think You Can Dance”?

gain my confidence to move onto more extreme things. A: Yes I am. I am going to be helping the new season contestants with their experience. I will just be

11. Q: at age 10, you performed for the Phoenix Rockets...

coaching them along the way with anything they

Tell me about that?

will need help or advice on.

A: Well, the Phoenix Rockets was my first big gig at age ten. I was invited to do a cheerleading performance in my home town with one of the big basketball teams. They called my mom to invite me and I was just thrilled. I was really into cheerleading when I was 10 so it was a great opportunity for me to show people what I was able to do. It was an unbelievable experience. I went to a couple practices with the Phoenix Rockets to learn the routines. Then, finally we cheered at the big game. It was such an amazing feeling to have the whole audience watching my every move. I would do it again in a heart beat... Oh, and the basketball team won.

15.


Letters to the Editor Dear Rachel Clokie I have read your article about How to Make a Ballet Bun and I thought you did a very good job describing how to make it, now I can make a Ballet Bun when my hair is long. It is very Dear Rachel Clokie

I love your article on how to make a Dear Rachel Clokie

ballet bun. It has helped me a lot for making a bun of my own, and with your

Oh my gosh! You interviewed Lauren

fine detail and good explaining, lots of

Froderman?! Do you get to meet her?

people like your article too. I hope you

Oh my gosh I am a huge fan of hers!!! Is

make more articles like this one;

she nice? Could you get me an

explaining steps to an overall

autograph??

difference in very good detail. I like

From Andrew Boxall

how you said, “In the hole, and under the sand”, to explain exactly how to put in the open bobby pins. Your article was well done, but I do have

Reply to Andrew Boxall

Yes, I was very excited to interview Lauren Froderman. She was so nice, kind, and down to earth. I enjoyed meeting her and getting to talk to her. I was so happy that I had the chance to interview Lauren so I could share her interesting stories and

one suggestion; use a different font. The font was a little too...well...you

many items to make a hair bun. Do you think this is an important part of dance? Is this more important than a twirl or something like that? I think that you did a good job but it is probably not the most important thing to know how to do in Ballet. Wow I also read that paragraph you wrote. It was very detailed about her life. I can’t believe she started her carrier when she was 2 that is amazing. You will probably be as good as her at that age or maybe even younger. From Charlie Armstrong

know... weird and I couldn’t read it very well. But that’s just my opinion, and over all I thought your article was very well-written and had a nice “pizzazz” to it. From Becky Leschert

experiences. Lauren autographed my

Reply to Charlie Armstrong Thank you for taking the time to read my articles. Thank you for your kind suggestions. Being able to do a ballet bun is one of the very many important things in ballet. There are many things

magazine page. You should take a look. Sincerely, Rachel Clokie

surprising that you have to have so

Reply to Becky Leschert

Thank you for your kind suggestions... I will keep that in mind next time I choose a font. I really enjoyed writing this article. I love doing ballet buns in people’s hair. They are very beautiful and feminine. I am glad that this article helped you to make your own ballet bun... I am thrilled to heat that it was clear for you to understand. Thank you for taking the time to read and look at my magazine. Yours truly, Rachel Clokie

you need to remember while doing ballet. I chose to write an article on doing a ballet bun because it is a part of the way you are supposed to look while doing ballet. It is one of the first steps to achieve ballet. I also chose to write an article on a ballet bun because it is a hairdo you can do any time you want. If a dancer ever goes to an audience, then you are expected to have your hair in a ballet bun. I am glad to hear that that the article was clear to understand and read. Thank you for looking over my magazine. Regards, Rachel Clokie


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The Pointe Shoe Tip of the toes, floating like a cloud of cotton candy, on a bright, big, beautiful stage. From the audience you focus on a magnificent dress and shoes, that allow the dancer to move across the floor, as if there is no gravity... How is this possible, to float on your toes without any pain? Has it changed from years long ago, or does the prima ballerina suffer in silence? From wooden blocks and bound toes, to paper mache and gel pads. It is still uncomfortable but bearable as the show must go on. The Pointe shoe has come a very long way, from its simple wooden form to the latest in technology to improve comfort and performance. The earliest version started as a wooden shoe with a heel on the back. There was nothing special to this shoe and no different to a high heel. Feet were placed in this shoe bare, with no protection. Ankles and toes were relied on for all of the support to keep them standing. The Pointe was secured to the foot by ribbons which tied around the ankle. After dancing on Pointe for awhile, dancer’s toes and feet were badly damaged. They would try to pad their toes to offer protection, but most often had no luck. The story of the Pointe shoe goes back a long way, and the shoe is still changing over time. Ballet was first performed in the year 1681. At first, all roles both male and female, were danced by males. In the 18th century women began to appear in the ballet world. The first ladies danced in heavy high heeled shoes and floor length dresses. In the mid 18th century Marie Camargo was the first to wear non-heeled shoes and shortened her skirt. She did this so people could see her footwork and so she could jump higher. After the French revolution, all heels were removed from shoes and the Pointe shoe was born. These shoes became flat bottomed, were secured to the feet by ribbons, and had pleats under the toes to enable dancers to leap, execute turns, and fully extend their feet. With the help of Charles Diblet and his invention, the “flying machine”, dancers were able to dance on their tip toes. After a while of faking toe stands with lots of help, the modern Pointe shoe appeared in the 20th century. Tough leather soles were inserted into Pointe shoes to offer more support and make the Pointe easier with no help. In the ballet world, there have been many famous people that have been recognized for their work, and changes made by them over the years. Marie Camerago as was stated earlier, changed the Pointe shoe and the dress and caused a sensation. Without her, today our shoes would not have changed for the better. Marie would also perform as a featured dancer for shows. Charles Diblet invented the flying machine to lift dancers off their feet with no pain at all. Marie Taglioni was the first to dance La Sylphide en Pointe. This was a very famous ballet dance that was danced on Pointe. Anna Pavlova was one of the most influential dancers of her time. Dancers would always look up to her as if she was pure royalty. Erik Bruhn was a famous choreographer and writer. He would choreograph for the major shows that happened all over the world. There are so many people known for so many different accomplishments in dance, it is remarkable. Most dancers dream of their very first pair of Pointe shoes..... how silky, beautiful, soft, and shiny they will be. But once you get them on, you cannot wait to take them off! There are many kinks about the Pointe shoe that need to be ironed out. Firstly, Pointe shoes are very expensive, and don’t last very long. The Pointe shoe is streamlined and elegant, but to the ballet dancer wearing them, is dreading every second of it. The Pointe shoe causes many problems to dancer’s feet. From sprains, fractures, tendonitis, foot pains, muscle strain, to blisters, calluses, bunions, bruised feet and toes, and abnormal toenails, you have got it all. Not only does the Pointe shoe damage the dancers’ feet, it can cause other problems to hips, legs, knees, and much more. There is a major lack of protection and support in the Pointe shoe. Pounding on the tips of your toes all day is very bad for your feet. On top of all that, the shoe is just normally uncomfortable, and there is nothing you can do about it. The choice becomes, paying the price of life long gnarly feet, to present a spectacular story on stage, when there is such an outrageous outcome. Sitting in the audience and watching the most beautiful, graceful, entertainment to be found. All the while the audience not realizing the sacrifices the dancer makes to achieve that kind of success. I predict that in the near future the shoe will become more and more comfortable. Pointe shoe technology is very much advanced from the old days but there is still hope for further advancement. From wooden high heeled shoes, to the modern 21st century shoe, the end result is the ballerina floating like a cloud of cotton candy, on a bright, big, beautiful stage. The focus is on the costume, the shoes, the music and the technique, tippy toeing across the stage.


A girl with a dream...


Since birth, January 5th 2003, Eloise McCullough, had known nothing but heartache and struggle. Living with a back brace always secured, brought many frustrations to her life. Not to mention the stump arm, and prosthetic leg from her knee to her toes. Living with these disabilities, Eloise was always known as the girl with „the issues‟. Her family, her mother and her father gave all the support in the world. They were always there for her whenever she needed them. She walked to school every day, as her prosthetic leg gave her the ability to do so. Eloise attended an elementary school a few houses down from where she lived. At school she had many friends and teachers that helped and supported her. There were also the random kids that you couldn‟t control. They would laugh, whisper and point at her, but Eloise would try to ignore them and move on. She didn‟t want them to know that what they sneered at her made her feel insecure. She lived a life that was not always happy, but tried to take one day at a time. Her life was a struggle, until one bright day, her grandmother brought home two tickets to go and see the Nut Cracker ballet, in the upcoming month of December. Eloise felt excited and looked forward to the one special day when she would go see the show, and spend the day with her grandmother. She wasn‟t sure what to expect. She‟d heard the story of the Nut Cracker in books from the library and in school and wasn‟t sure if it would be scary or funny, but she knew the sights and sounds would be thrilling. What a treat it would be, she thought, so see a live show for the first time. Before Eloise knew it, the day had arrived. Her grandmother and Eloise set out early that morning, to be sure not to be late for the show. When they arrived at the theatre, everything was as she pictured it. The chandelier was strung from the ceiling, glistening and sparkling with a tint of gold. There were red carpets that led up the stairwells, tiled floors, and big windows with coloured pieces of glass to make a rainbow effect. As her grandmother and she descended to their seats, they were in awe and amazement of their surroundings. They sat down and the show began. Right from the start, Eloise was drawn in to the fantasy before her. For two and a half hours with one short intermission, she sat completely still and mesmerized. The beauty and the spectacle, the music and the art of dance intrigued her. Once the show was over she had nothing else on her mind but the Nut Cracker, and the beautiful dancers that she had seen. Eloise went back to school on Monday, and told all of her friends and teachers about the stunning show. She explained every single detail she could remember. She talked about the lobby, the theatre, and the Nut Cracker... leaving nothing out. Her mind would not let go of the sight and pictures she had seen. Her life seemed different from the moment she saw the show... happier. She wished that her life could feel as happy every day.


After some thought, Eloise had decided that seeing the Nut Cracker had inspired her. It was the dancing. Eloise thought about it for weeks on end. When Eloise found the courage, she approached her grandmother and her parents with her proposal. She told her parents of how the show was unforgettable to her and made her feel happier than ever before. She asked her family if she could begin to learn the art of dance after school, to find a dance school that would look at her for who she was and not what she looked like on the outside. At first the reaction of her family was confused and dumbfounded; she knew what the answer was. Before her parents could say anything, she tried to explain herself. She was expecting that her parents would give her an immediate “NO”... as they were always trying to protect her from disappointment. To her surprise, she was thrilled with the answer. Her parents and grandmother told her that they would give her the opportunity to do whatever she set her heart to. A few weeks later, Eloise and her mother went out one afternoon to apply to a dance school that would give her the opportunity to audition. Her mother made sure that Eloise knew that they were going to do whatever it took to find a school that was accepting, enjoyable and fun. After a long time of searching, Eloise had found just the right one. It was a dance school where everyone was friendly and inviting, where everyone was willing to help, and where people wanted to help her live her dream. It was a school that looked beyond her disabilities and were more interested in who she wanted to be and not just the first appearance. Eloise made many special friends at the dance school and they were intrigued by her determination to dance. Eloise went to school and then came home and finished her daily homework. At 4:00pm she would leave for her dance classes for a few hours in the evenings. She found that not only did it make her feel happier and excited all day long, but that it made her want to keep on top of her school work so that she could attend her dance classes as soon as possible. Eloise‟s life had changed without a doubt. It made her feel lucky that she had the ability to try to dance. She had a passion for dance. Dance came naturally to her. She felt like she could express her feelings through her dance. She felt that if she ever had a build up of emotion or upset, that by dancing, she felt better afterwards. Her mind would just drift... she would dance as if no one was watching. She forgot about her physical challenges. She felt whole.


Three years later Eloise celebrated her 11th birthday. Her dancing was an ongoing activity for all that time. Eloise was improving with everyday she trained. She was always busy and never had more than ten minutes to spare. Eloise was so busy that she never had time to stop and think about the struggle she was going through. It took her mind off her struggles, and focused more on her blessings and the good things in her life. “Eloise has had enough training... she should be competing.” her teachers decided. With the amount of time she danced every week, despite her many disabilities, Eloise was outstanding. Her teacher decided that she wanted Eloise to try a solo, to show people that with perseverance, anyone could understand the possibility of achieving goals and overcoming physical disabilities. Eloise was immediately keen on the idea. She wanted to help people like her, and show kids and adults that anything is possible. Soon enough, Eloise took classes with her jazz teacher and began to learn her solo. She really enjoyed being able to express herself. Dancing alone was a much different feeling for Eloise. She felt free and independent. She could do anything she wanted and look confident while doing it. Every day, after coming home from dance, Eloise felt peace. She had something to look forward to. Her family was in a better mood. Before, with Eloise always being so low and sad, they were affected by her mood. Her family was now proud and thankful for what they could do to help Eloise. Competitions were here! It was time for Eloise to perform her solo. Eloise was in level 2, jazz. In her category, she had two other competitors. She was the very last to perform in her category. The other two girls in her category were beautiful. They danced as if there was no gravity, and they were like birds floating in the sky. The crowd were cheering and applauding. The intensity was building as every second went by. She stood in the darkness backstage, going over every count and beat in her mind. Before she knew it, it was her turn to perform her solo. Her name was called... “Eloise McCullough.” Her stomach turned with excitement and butterflies all at the same time. She stepped on stage and the music began. She felt the beat inside her. At first the audience was in shock at what this girl was doing. Eloise struggled along, but made it look as if it was no effort at all. She danced not missing a step, and then in no time at all, it was over. The audience roared in thrill. Her grandmother and parents were in the front row. She saw them from the start. They were tearful and proud. The judges gave a standing ovation... everyone was astonished!


Half an hour later it was adjudication time. Eloise listened anxiously as her category was read. “1st place to Zoe Lang... 2nd place to Lisa Stewart... And 3rd place to, Eloise McCullough.” The audience screamed, overjoyed. The judge continued... “We would like to give a trophy to Eloise McCullough for her effort and performance. She has proven that determination can be rewarding. You were marvellous!” Eloise sat on stage as if she had just been awarded with a Royal crown from England. Eloise did not know what to say, she was speechless... After the performance, Eloise went down to the change room to collect her things. She met her family in the lobby. Her mother and father greeted her with flowers. The flowers were red, yellow and pink. They were elegant and pretty. Her grandmother gave her a necklace that she had engraved. It read, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you will land among the stars.” Her grandmother told her that was what she had just done, she landed among the stars. Eloise left the theatre to return to school that afternoon. She entered the school, baring her trophy and gifts that she had just received. She headed for her classroom. She made her way down the hallway only taking two steps. In disbelief, she was greeted by the whole school, in front of her classroom door. They were cheerfully yelping and screaming as they focused on her trophy and flowers she proudly cradling in her arms. She told all the kids what had happened to her. Everyone listened intently, waiting for the ending to come. When Eloise came to the end of her story, everyone laughed and danced. Eloise‟s heart was bursting. The next day Eloise came to school and met face to face with the kids that would point and laugh at her. She walked with confidence as if nothing could bother her. As to her surprise, the leader of the group yelled at Eloise. He said, “We just wanted to congratulate you on your solo. You will never be the kid with the issues any more. You are the girl that can prove to anyone that anything is possible.”


The End


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