Each spring thousands of ballerinas across the country audition for summer intensives – training programs of varying lengths which are, indeed, intensive.
This is Sarah’s first audition season. Her ballet instructors recommended three intensives for Sarah to audition for. I added another – the summer intensive sponsored by The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, run by the legendary Gelsey Kirkland. When I discovered that Ms. Kirkland, who is one of America’s great ballerinas, would be leading the auditions, I knew Sarah would benefit from having a class with her.
Sarah was happy as the audition began. Parents weren’t allowed to watch, but we could hear what was happening. Ms. Kirkland was authoritative, yet compassionate and caring – perfect for Sarah. While we approached this particular audition as simply a learning experience, a mom’s heart always has hope for their child to suceed. I didn’t expect the outcome we received - I was thrilled to learn that she was accepted for Ms. Kirkland’s program at the audition!
Excitement is running high in our house. Sarah reminds me of Tigger – she is so excited she can hardly stop wiggling.
For me, the task ahead is daunting – planning a trip to NYC for Sarah and I with as little financial trauma as possible. It will be a sacrifice for our family. But it may well be a life-changing experience for Sarah, so it will be a sacrifice worth making.
NYC, see you in June!