I recently attended an open house at a dance academy and saw these shoes hanging on the wall. They are shoes of the studio owner and instructor as a reminder to the young dancers to learn, practice and persevere. The shoes reflect years of hard work and labor to be the best one can be – and enjoy the dance. So, below is a simple little poem I attempted to honor instructors and students for their dedication.
The dance is within, from child to aged
Each awaits the moment, to learn and dance.
When one gets the dream and feels the move.
The mind triggers the thought, but still –
Feet flow without rhythm, striving to become smooth.
Years of dedication and work,
To train the feet the way they should go.
The placement, each muscle learns to conform.
Legs form into the emboîté,
Alternate legs as they are bent,
Or escape with an echappé.
Frappé is quick and precise,
Plié from two into one fondu.
Terms, movements rhythm, grace
Require countless time to improve.
Commitment of years, learn to lead,
Guiding youth steps along the way.
Flowing with grace, beauty,
Standing on tips, learn not to sway.
From pointe on toes – encounter relevé.
Grace, beauty and form now belong,
Countless work becomes perfect, never ending for most.
Love shows through as you dance along.
Grasp every move, on your feet become steady,
Shoes tell the tale, of struggle and growth,
It’s not easy, but dance when you’re ready.
Never give up – achieve the most.
Dance with Love!
Blessings along the Way!