March 2021 – The first anniversary of when life changed for so many of us. Hopefully, some of you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid, but the question I have for you is, “Are you still dancing?”
Whether we like to admit it or not, ballet is a team sport. We support each other through cooperation and competition. Through positive encouragement and certain observing “looks” across the room. We help each other learn and dance better.
What have you done this past year? How have you motivated your best intentions?
I’ve written a lot because I’ve been alone a lot. Keeping in touch with former students and teachers, I’ve also enjoyed making new friends through the connection of my books.
Since March of last year, life may be different but it is also special and satisfying… even inspiring in its own way.
I asked several former students to relate their own experiences and will post their responses. Their courage, discipline, and determination are truly incredible… Kudos!!
Sarah Satterfield – Louisville Ballet
Last March, Sarah Satterfield has danced with Louisville Ballet. Her first thoughts about the last year immediately turned to the big questions… not performing, worry, loss of interest in ballet and the arts, and job security… Hot Topics.
Sarah’s Response –
“Navigating ballet through the pandemic has been interesting to say the least. I feel very thankful to be dancing in the studio again and not in my living room! While there have been times motivation has been lacking, I try to just take it day by day and be very forgiving with myself. Knowing that through it all, ballet is consistently such a blessing. Ballet is always ballet and can be so meditative. I am looking forward to the day when we can dance without masks, but until then, I’m just gonna keep on dancing!”