In honour of the International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October 2016, I will have a series of blog posts celebrating my kind.
Celebrating her. Post #4 of 5
The closest I came to being a prima ballerina, after much cajoling from my parents and teacher, was in the shiny garb of a grumpy Queen of Sheeba.
My 4 feet tall, 6 year old royal self pirouetted through the solo and basked in the awe of a cheering audience. It helped that they were mostly parents of us tiny dancing damsels. Thanks to my new-found pout, a feathered gold tutu and the prettiest shoes I’d ever known I was suddenly a Diva.
The two years I spent learning ballet were magical. My friends and I discovered we could bring exotic creatures to life- little Bo-Peep, the Flower Fairy, an Egyptian Fan Dancer and even the famous Swans at the great Wedding.
Our teacher Filu was a star in my eyes- an epitome of beauty, musicality and grace.
Ballet soon took a backseat as I roared to glory on the Basketball court, played the violin until my cat fled screaming and took to climbing my neighbor’s trees and roofs.
More than 2 decades later as I reflect on who I am (definitely not a prima ballerina), I silently thank my ballet phase for all it taught me.
Teacher Filu introduced me to the nuances of elegance and I dare say even passed some on.
Whenever I find myself slumped over, bogged down by life, I often hear her soft voice- “Tummies in, tails in, shoulders down and back. And smile!”
Suddenly I don’t only look better, I feel better.
A simple posture fix from my childhood finds its place in my adult-dom. I’m grateful for all the happy memories attached.
I now make it a point to look for opportunities where I can make a difference in a child’s life, knowing so many made a difference in mine.
Have you made your mark already?
Teacher Filu sure did hers in style- channeling the inner ballerina in so many little ones. And of course, passing this gem on. Go ahead, try it yourself- “Tummies in, tails in, shoulders down and back. And smile!”
Wait, let me guess. Your inner ballerina just woke up. 😉