Here we are, the end of 2020 and this is the first newsletter I am sending. I apologize for not being as communicative as in past years. I am sure you all can identify, it has just been so much constant change that it seems like I could or should be sending you an email every day to update you! I try to err on the side of not annoying, but I fear that I may have made you feel you were being ghosted. So, at the end of a year for the history books, I am getting back in the game.
The end of the year has always been my time to reflect. In a year that has felt like flying by the seat of my pants, I have so much to be thankful for. I am so very thankful for the instructors and staff. They always go above and beyond, and this year has been no different. It is nothing beyond remarkable how hard they have worked to continue to share their passion with all of you. And you know it is their passion because why else would they work so hard doing something in a way that none of us were trained for? Their love for their work AND the dancers they teach is amazing. I think we all have realized through all of this how you, the dancers, feed our souls in a way that we always knew, but now it has become even more solidified.
Believe it or not, I am also thankful for the federal government. If they hadn't granted me the PPP loan last spring this newsletter might not be being written.
And of course, I am so thankful to all of the families and dancers who continue to take class. This year (2020/21) is proving to be a challenge for everyone. Your kids are amazing! The way everyone has learned to navigate Zoom is fantastic. I hope you feel that we are continuing to offer something that is worth putting your time, effort and finances towards. I want you to know that you are all part of the Ballare family. I couldn't do what I do if it weren't for your generosity.
If you had to take a pause for whatever reason, I am thankful that it is just a pause and not a goodbye. Everyone who has chosen Ballare Teatro for dance instruction has earned my eternal gratitude.
I also just want to make sure I thank all of the frontline workers who are putting their lives at risk every day. Thank you. And I want to thank everyone who is doing their part, taking this situation seriously. This is a testament to thinking beyond ones self. Everyone who does that is working to bring the day when we can dance together in person to fruition sooner rather than later. And, not surprisingly, Ballare dancers, families, teachers and staff have an amazing generosity of spirit.
I hope this holiday season, you are all able to take a moment to acknowledge the blessings that we all are given. Times like these call for grace and gratitude.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do send me an email at email@example.com, or you can call me on my cell: 612-267-1766. I am more than happy to talk to any one of you.
Ann Williams, Director
Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center