Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Arts Survive

I was catching up Twitter this morning and came across this photo on Val Chmerkovskiy's Instagram page.

The photo is of a Russian ballet class during WWII. It's a beautiful example of how good will rise out of horrible circumstances.  The arts will persevere.

Russian Ballet during WWII


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dance Teacher Injured at Boston Marathon

This story caught my attention earlier this week...

Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dance instructor for a Boston Arthur Murray, was injured during the second bomb explosion that occurred during the Boston Marathon in April. She had no idea how bad her injuries were until her mom informed her, at the hospital, that the doctors had to amputate her left leg just below the knee.

Arthur Murray Ballroom Dance Teacher Injured Boston Marathon Bombing
Photo from BostonHerald.com

Adrianne said at the end of the Boston Herald article, "I can't let some (expletive) come along and steal my whole life. So I'll dance again.  And next year, though I've never been a runner, yes, I plan to run the marathon."

Her positive attitude is so inspiring.  I'm not sure if I would have the same outlook after such a short period of time. This story affected me for two reasons.  The first reason being that my husband, Nathan, is a competitive runner and triathlete.  The attack hit really close to home for both of us.  He competes in events almost every weekend from spring through early fall.  We're both around these kind of events all the time, and I've always felt perfectly safe. The second way I related to her story is Nathan and I, as you know, are professional ballroom dance teachers.  It's our life and livelihood.  And even though I don't know Adrianne personally, I feel a connection to her through our shared passion, dance.   

I wish Adrianne a fast recovery and I hope that she can keep her spirits high.  She is already an inspiration to dancers all over the world.  It will be amazing to get to cheer her on in next year's marathon!  

For the complete story, click here.  

Be present, tell your friends and family you love them, and be grateful for all of life's blessings (even the small ones).  



Friday, April 19, 2013

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I know I've been so bad about blogging.  If you knew half of the things Nathan and I have gone through this year, you'd understand.  (Including, but not limited to, four surgeries for Nathan and a car accident that totaled our car.)  I have a lot to be thankful for though.  I'm safe, healthy (for the most part), and happily married to my best friend.  Without him, I would've definitely gone insane by now.  :)

I have managed to stay up on posting dance photos, quotes, fitness inspiration, and beauty ideas on my Pinterest page.  I'd love to connect with you there!

Warm Wishes To All!