This is for the SHCG Week #31 WC which was to create a "Memory Lane" lo about something in our childhood that gave us joy, complete with journaling. The journaling spans two pages and can be detached from the photo corners.
It reads: When I was about seven years old, my mom entered me in ballet and tap classes at the Trixie Jarrett School of Dance--a small, pink studio just off of Miles Avenue in Indio, California. I got such a thrill in choosing my first pair of ballet slippers, blue leotard, pink tights, and a sturdy bag to carry them in with a separate compartment for the shoes. Yet, I remember being shy to make friends and change in front of them.
I don't remember Trixie herself, a stern older woman, teaching my classes. Instead, I had two students of hers, young women, graceful and attractive. I aspired to have the most elegant hands, the deepest grand plies, and the widest turnout. I'd even reach eleves on the very tips of my toes without pointe shoes. I didn't take to tap as well, though. I felt clumsy, awkward, and uncoordinated. At a performance for one senior center, I actually had to keep myself from slipping during the whole routhine.
We also performed at the annual Indio Date Festival on an outdoor stage for a large audience. Even though I felt stupid in the way my mom arranged my costume accessories, I wanted to keep dancing, especially after my teachers danced a very modern, fun, and cool routine to Rick James's "Superfreak" (!), a notable departure from our classically trained ones.
I became consumed by dance movies like "Fame" and dance novels. I dreamt of becoming a prima ballerina. Howvever, my mom didn't encourage a dance career and my time at school came to an end. For this reason, I never understood why she enrolled me in the first place.
I didn't take up dance again until I was in high school, for three years, when my future again became an issue and I finally gave it up for good. Still, I will always remain a dancer at heart.
Thank yous to Nitza for the photo corners and chipboard ribbon tag, and to K for the sparkly coral star button.
Please note the scan and stitch job is a little off.
Cricut cartridge Opposites Attract font, pink Pentel pen, ballet slippers clip art from internet, chipboard ribbon tag, photo corners, Dress It Up Color Me Coral star button, Marcella by K dimensional sticker, Darice Finishing Accents rhinestone star stic