My neice Maddie’s most recent performance from a national competition entry. My family’s business, Caruthers’ Creative Center Dance Studio in Missouri, is one of the few African American owned businesses in the area that has stood the test of time. Congrats Maddie on your double platinum as well as the Competitive & Photogenic Award and 11th overall out of 80 dancers! Tough competition!
This multitalented teen was also nominated for All American in Cheer leading and made varsity squad as well as the competition team as an incoming freshman. In addition, she excels at tumbling. She has won numerous state band awards as well and is currently the only female trombone player. She has recently had a dance gig with Kaufman Center and to top it off, she does all of this while maintaining a 4.0 G.P.A along with winning many academic accolades, including the President’s Academic Award. She is an inspiration to those around her and a great influence on teens internationally. Great job Maddie and keep it going!
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Practice, Practice, Practice!
I have often thought how much strength it takes to dance so beautifully with such grace. It is grueling to submit your body to what is required in order to bring the beauty to this art form. Excited to be embarking on a wonderful journey, teaching not just dance, but also about not giving up even though sometimes life gets hard. Anything worth having takes work and commitment.
Thank you my beautiful ballerinas in the making for your inspiration and enthusiasm. What a blessing you all are!
This narrative tells the story of two lovers through my eyes as a dancer and admirer of music, particularly 90’s R&B. I hope you enjoy and feedback as well as constructive criticism is always welcome!
So young in the beginning, she politely accepted his hand as he asked her to dance. As he led her to the dance floor, she thought, “I’m not his type”. The music was so soft but yet alluring. Something different about him, she thought. His confidence made her head twirl and her imagination tip toed into the future, a soft bourree’ into places in her mind she would not dare share with anyone, for certain not him. Would she dare dream that he is the ONE?
The music sped up and became a bit louder as the song transitioned into a conscious hip hop beat, making the young couples’ hearts saute with delight, and as the tempo slowed into “Baby I’m Yours” by Shai, they realized they were drawn in very closely by an irresistible force, into a lover’s embrace. Her head finding a niche to rest on his chest as she studied his heartbeat. She liked that rhythm. All others on the dance floor faded away into faceless characters as the two held each other as if already a pair, both silently hoping that the DJ would play another song like this one. I need more time, he thought. But she went with the rhythm of the new song and encouraged him to do the same as she flirted with him through the movement of her hips, although subtle and a bit shy and unassured. She didn’t want to be hurt again. Could she be the ONE, he thought?
Getting a little faster and adding to our knowledge in this session! Practice, practice, practice!